At Palm Beach Dem dinner, Nan Rich takes a shot at Charlie Crist


Democratic candidate Nan Rich poked a little fun at her potential opponent in 2014, former Gov. Charlie Crist, as the two attended a Saturday fundraiser for the Palm Beach County Democratic Party. George Bennett of the Palm Beach Post reports that Rich took “not-so-subtle jabs” at Crist’s length of time with his new party.

“As most of you know, I am a lifelong Democrat,” former state Sen. Rich said, with an unspoken reminder that Crist has only been with the party for less than a year.

So far, Rich is the only Democrat in the race against Gov. Rick Scott, and only had about five minutes to address about 450 of the party faithful at the CityPlace Marriott. At first, she struggled for attention. After announcing her “lifelong” party loyalty, however, the crowd soon warmed up.

“I’m a Democrat because of our party’s values and principles,” Rich said. “These are my values, and they have always been my values.”

Once again, Crist refused to answer if he would run for governor in 2014, after repeatedly saying he would answer the question “in the fall.”

“We’re in the season, but I’m not sure exactly when,” Crist said. “I just have to continue to think about it and listen to good people around the state, and we’ll figure it out. It’ll work itself out.”