Charlie Crist Flip-Flops, Now Supports ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ Repeal

As recently as February, Florida Governor Charlie Crist expressed his support for the ban on gays in the military. Said his spokesperson at that time: "We are a nation at war. The governor believes the current policy has worked, and there is no need to make changes."

Crist Today, Crist flip-flopped, with this statement regarding the DADT compromise:

"Ultimately, as in all military matters I defer to the Pentagon and to the Generals and what the Senate is doing today is giving them the ultimate authority to do what is best for our military. So, I would be inclined to support the Senate's action on this."

The WaPo reports

"Crist's claim that the measure gives 'ultimate authority' to the commanders appears to be a reference to the fact that the compromise mandates that the Pentagon complete its study before repeal is implemented.

Nonetheless, Crist's support for the 'Senate's action' is equivalent to support for repeal, because that's what the compromise does.

Crist's backing of repeal is a reflection of how much his political situation has shifted since being driven from the GOP: He now needs to compete with Meek for Dem votes, while simultaneously battling with Rubio for moderate Republicans. He needs support from both camps — hence his backing of repeal, even as he hedges a bit by suggesting he's merely deferring to the commanders.


  1. walter says

    hhey harlie your turn to be thrown out of the closet is coming. somebody will ask and somebody will tell. contact calif senator ausburn if you don’t believe it. maybe you and graham can come ou together

  2. B says

    Well, he doesn’t…

    And I don’t think crist here, is supporting the repeal, he’s making it seem as though, whatever happens, he can say to those upset with either outcome, that he tried. Basically he’s putting responsibilty on someone else, again.

    Although, I still don’t know how he is ahead either candidates in his race.

  3. patrick nyc says

    If he was shown that coming out would get him elected he would do so. He is the hight of political sleaze.

  4. Ken says

    So does this mean his lackey Senator Lemeiux is going to vote in favor of the repeal?

  5. B says

    Whoops, disregard that first line, that was for the gop gay presidential hopeful (lol)

  6. Mike C. says

    Now that Crist is not chained down by the GOP platform, I bet you’ll see him “change his mind” on a lot of LGBT issues. His actions will begin to align more with his own feelings and sexuality.

    I feel a bit bad for Crist, he has been held hostage by the GOP because he’s gay, made to say whatever they want IF he wanted to stay on a GOP ticket. I think him losing the GOP primary will be good for him personally, all those years of self-hatred and anti-gay stances have to be eating away at his soul.

  7. says

    “Hedging” should be Charlie’s middle name, as it pretty much sums him up.

    IF he changes his positions on LGBT issues, good for him, but it’s hard to feel sorry for a man who’s caused real, lasting damage to gay families in Florida. He wasn’t held hostage by the GOP. He chose to be part of the GOP and to vote against gay people with more openness and integrity than him.

  8. Brian says

    Do we really need to use the word “flip-flop” when people are (perceived as) coming on to our side? Call it cynical, political, or strategic — but we WANT people to change positions if they currently disagree with us.

  9. TampaZeke says

    “Crist’s claim that the measure gives ‘ultimate authority’ to the commanders appears to be a reference to the fact that the compromise mandates that the Pentagon complete its study before repeal is implemented.”


    That’s not what he’s referencing AT ALL and that is NOT what the compromise says at all. He supports the compromise because it says that after Congress repeals the law, the MILITARY leaders will get to decide IF it is ever acted upon and IF it is WHEN it is.

    Please pay attention to what is ACTUALLY being said instead of twisting people’s words to say what you want to hear.

    Mullen himself, TODAY, said that after the study is complete the military chiefs would have the final say about (HIS WORD) “WHETHER” the repeal will be implemented.

  10. stephen says

    If he weren’t so duplicitous, it would be more amusing.

    Gawd, how does he even face HIMSELF in the mirror?!

  11. says

    Amen, Brian. I’m no fan of Crist, but we need to be encouraging politicians to re-evaluate their views and change their positions accordingly. ESPECIALLY when they are coming to our side, even if we question their motivations. “Flip-flop” is a term that only encourages these people to become more firmly entrenched in toeing the party line.

  12. anon says

    Passage of the bill does not guarantee repeal. Likewise, a repeal does not guarantee that gays can serve openly.