In an interview last week with Fusion’s “America with John Ramos,” former Florida governor Charlie Crist said he left the Republican Party because of its racist and anti-gay positions and feels ‘liberated’ now that he’s a Democrat.
Said Crist of the GOP:
“They’re perceived now as being anti-women, anti-immigrant, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-education, anti-environment. I just wasn’t comfortable being honest with myself and my core beliefs. I couldn’t stay.”
When pressed by Ramos about his political motivations for leaving the party (switching to independent after losing the Republican primary for U.S. Senate to Marco Rubio in 2010), Crist reiterated that he ultimately left because the party didn’t represent his core beliefs:
"I left the Republican Party because Republican leadership went off the cliff. They are so far right now they won’t cooperate with the president on anything… I couldn’t be consistent with myself and my core beliefs and stay with a party that was so unfriendly to the African American president. I’ll just go there."
Check out the interview, AFTER THE JUMP...