TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CBSMiami/AP) — After months of speculation, former Florida Gov. Charlie Christ ended it all Friday night by tweeting, “Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @BarackObama!”
The tweet included a photo of a smiling Crist and his wife Carole as he held up a Florida voter registration application.
Crist was elected the state’s chief executive as a Republican and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent.
Crist’s Twitter announcement fanned speculation that he would seek to regain his old job from Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014.
Scott refused to discuss Crist after speaking to party leaders Saturday, saying he’s focused on doing his job.
The Tampa Bay Times reports that Crist signed the papers changing his affiliation from independent to Democrat at a Christmas reception at the White House. President Barack Obama greeted the news with a fist bump.
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