Crist Reaches Out To Democrats While Insisting He'll 'Caucus With The People'

10/09/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Despite his vows of neutrality, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is likely to caucus with the Democrats or the Republicans should he advance to the Senate, if only because failing to pick a side would exclude him from the chamber's choice committees and dramatically reduce his influence.

Crist, a lifelong Republican until being chased out of the GOP primary in April by former state Speaker Marco Rubio, is running as an Independent and has declined to specify which conference he would join should he win Florida's open Senate seat this fall. The governor continues to answer that question by insisting he will "caucus with the people of Florida," even while hiring Democratic consultants to advise him and making overtures to some top Democrats.

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