Although Charlie Crist has yet to say if he will challenge Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) in his 2014 reelection bid, Florida Republicans are already looking to sink the former governor's prospects.
In a Wednesday press release, the Republican Party of Florida released a mock movie poster for "Shipwreck," which appears to be based on the 1997 film "Titanic." The poster features Crist and former state GOP chairman Jim Greer behind a sinking cruise liner.
Crist and Greer drew the ire of Florida Republicans earlier this week after telling the Palm Beach Post that the state's GOP-backed efforts to shorten early voting were deliberately designed to suppress voting among groups that lean Democratic.
"After a brief estrangement, professional political candidate Charlie Crist has apparently reforged his alliance with his hand-picked political co-star, Jim Greer, and the two are now trying to leverage it into a new, blockbuster theatrical release," reads the RPOF press release accompanying the faux movie poster. "In front of a camera, Charlie Crist has the ability to meld into any character -- from "Chain Gang Charlie" to sympathetic "Man of the People" -- there is seemingly no role that he can't play. And when paired with Greer, the two men are a formidable duo perfect for big-budget disaster films."
Crist, who served as the Sunshine State's governor from 2007 to 2011, left the Republican Party in 2010 during a failed U.S. Senate bid. Running as an Independent, Crist lost the 2010 race to Sen. Marco Rubio. In recent months, he's become one of Scott's most vocal critics, leaving some political spectators wondering if he plans to run in 2014.
Crist further fueled speculation when he endorsed President Obama for reelection in August. Weeks later, the former Republican made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention, leveling harsh criticism at his former party.
"I didn't leave the Republican Party; it left me," Crist said. "Then again, as my friend Jeb Bush recently noted, Reagan himself would have been too moderate and too reasonable for today's GOP."