After living his entire 56-year-old life as either a Republican or Independent, Charlie Crist likes the idea of being a Democrat so much that he's converted twice in the same week.
Today's media event in St. Petersburg was the official declaration that he is now a Democrat, after tweeting a photo of himself with voter registration card in hand at a White House Christmas party last Friday night.
In what will no doubt be the first of many media gaggles in which questions are asked about his previous conservatively flavored comments, Crist today said that he regretted signing a petition supporting a ban on gay marriage in Florida's constitution.
Would he do it all over? "No," Crist said. "I think the best way to judge where my heart is, is to look at the deeds that I have done, whether as attorney general, governor — restoration of rights, civil rights cases, things of that nature that I think show a compassionate heart and hopefully someone who cares and knows who the boss is — and the boss is the people of Florida."