When asked if the Florida Republican Party should bankroll a ballot initiative banning gay marriage, recently elected Governor Charlie Crist responded, "probably not".
This is not the first time Crist has poked the rabid religious right in the eye. During last year's campaign he pointedly avoided a meeting with the Florida Family Policy Council.
Crist's willingness to buck conventional wisdom, including fiercely going after insurance providers, may be the reason he has a near 70% approval rating among Democrats. As we approach '08, look for Charlie's name to pop up more and more on the national scene.