Republican Party of Florida uses Charlie Crist's potential run for governor to raise money

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TALLAHASSEE, Florida (AP) - The Republican Party of Florida is using the possibility of former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist running for his old job as a Democrat to motivate donors.

In a fundraising letter signed by state GOP Chairman Lenny Curry, the party says President Barack Obama's Florida campaign team is poised to help Crist run for office and it needs help to "fight the Obama/Crist machine with everything we've got."

The letter says Crist proudly proclaimed he was a Ronald Reagan conservative and a Jeb Bush Republican and endorsed John McCain for president. It goes on to say that Crist has since adopted the liberal orthodoxy of the Obama machine.

Crist left the Republican Party while running for Senate as an independent. He has said the party has become too extreme.

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