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Crist Book: Memoir Will Be a 'No-Holds-Barred' Look at GOP Failings

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Thursday, 11 Jul 2013 10:19 AM

By Michael Mullins

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A new book from former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, the Republican turned Democrat who lost a 2010 Senate bid to rising GOP star Sen. Marco Rubio, will be a "no-holds-barred memoir" about his evolving political career.

Titled "The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat," the book will be published by Dutton and is set for release in the winter of 2014.

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It will be "a no-holds-barred memoir of his journey from Republican to Democrat," according to the publisher, the Tampa Bay Times reports. "He will name names and offer a frank indictment of the failings of the Republican Party."

Republican leaders such as Sarah Palin, former Gov. Jeb Bush, and Sen. Marco Rubio are among those on whom Crist will offer his opinion in the book, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Progressive Newsday columnist Ellis Henican is reportedly assisting Crist in writing the book.

The 56-year-old Crist is expected to make another run for governor in 2014 as a Democrat.

Having been a self-described "Ronald Reagan Republican" who was once a strong contender for John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential campaign, Crist went on to speak at the 2012 Democratic National Convention and campaigned hard throughout the Sunshine State, the Tampa Bay Times notes.

"I have now seen both these parties at the highest levels from the inside," Crist said in a statement prepared by Dutton. "In the book, I’ll share my very strong feelings about what’s happened to the Republicans, how the party I grew up in has been hijacked by extremists, losing its compassion and common sense. I’ll describe exactly what I saw and what it made me realize."

Having been a Democrat for the past seven months, Crist added, "I have found a wonderful new home."

Reacting to the book, Florida GOP Chairman Lenny Curry told the Tampa Bay Times, "We didn’t know that Charlie Crist was launching a new career as a fiction writer. But we do want to thank him for the hundreds of pages of rhetorical ammunition he will be giving to us and his primary opponents."

Anticipating the attack on the Grand Old Party, Curry added, "It’s a sign of weakness that someone who for years described himself as a conservative is writing a book out of desperation to distance himself from his life-long positions."

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