Speaking of bearding: Florida Governor Charlie Crist opposed repealing "Don't Ask Don't Tell" as a Republican but has since struck a more moderate tone while campaigning for the Senate as an independent. Crist will now support the DADT repeal compromise, his spokesperson confirms to the Washington Post's Greg Sargent.
"Crist's spokesperson, Michelle Todd, emails a statement: "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."
Sargent adds: "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 [Kendrick] Meek for Dem votes, while simultaneously battling with [Marco] 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."
It's also a reflection of Crist and the Republican Party's hypocrisy, but we'll take every vote we can get on equality...
In related news: Charles Djou, the new Republican congressman elected from Honolulu, also announces that he will support Rep. Patrick Murphy's DADT repeal amendment expected to be introduced tomorrow. Djou campaigned on DADT repeal but denounced marriage equality and HB444, the Hawaii civil unions bill passed by the legislature last month.