TAMPA - As Governor-elect Rick Scott is sworn into office Tuesday in Tallahassee, the outgoing Governor might be wondering what could have been. If Charlie Crist had not made a failed run for Senate, polls suggest he'd likely be re-elected as Governor.
I talked with Governor Crist Friday morning about some of the highs and lows of the last four years.
When asked to pick just one favorite accomplishment, the Governor picked three.
"I think the everglades restoration that we have embarked upon is very important, but i'm also very proud of what's happened in education. The drop-out rate is lower than it's been in Florida's history. Crime is at a fourteen year low in Florida" boasted Crist.
As for regrets?
"There are probably a lot. I can't think of one right now. All in all, I'm pretty pleased with the way things have turned out during our administration."
50 percent of Floridians agree with that according to a recent poll.
Though Charlie Crist would describe himself as someone who listens to changing opinions, many fault him for blatant flip flopping on key issues including offshore drilling, don't ask don't tell and health care reform. But the biggest flip of all, leaving the Republican party, may have been a self-inflicted career-ending injury.
"That doesn't concern me," said Crist. "I'm looking forward to private life and spending more time with (wife) Carol here in St. Petersburg. This is where I grew up and my whole family's here. It's a great place to be and I'm blessed."
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