Florida's Republican Governor Charlie Crist, one of the central figures in a new documentary about anti-gay closeted politicians, will announce his plans to run for a U.S. Senate seat tomorrow, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.
The governor is scheduled to reveal his plans for 2010 in Tallahassee on Tuesday, but party leaders have been saying for months that he wants to be in Washington rather than running for another term as governor. Former House Speaker Marco Rubio, R-West Miami, jumped into the GOP Senate race last week, casting himself as a conservative "alternative voice" to Crist's more moderate image. With the Democrats likely to attain a filibuster-proof 60 seats in the Senate this year, keeping Florida Sen. Mel Martinez's seat in the red column has national implications. Leon County GOP Chairman Dan Abel, who is uncommitted, said a Crist-Rubio match-up will pull the national Republican Party to the right.
Crist's sexuality has long been the subject of rumors and the governor is one of the leading subjects of Outrage, the Kirby Dick documentary that debuted last week. In 2006, a 24-year-old Republican Party campaign aide claimed he had a sexual relationship with Crist and named another man as the governor's long-term boyfriend. Crist denied both claims. Crist was quickly married last year (to a woman) at the height of the vice presidential selection process for Republican presidential nominee John McCain.
Crist to Enter Race for Senate [Tallahassee Democrat]