By J. Taylor Rushing -Â The Hill
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says it is â€œvery lonelyâ€ running as an independent.
Since he quit his party, Crist says he has discovered that people he thought were friends turned out to be only Republican friends, who dropped Crist after he left the GOP.
Crist has lost so many campaign staffers that his sister is now running his third-party effort.
â€œWhen youâ€™re not affiliated with a party, it can be very lonely, particularly initially,â€ Crist told The Hill in an hourlong phone interview.
Still, he insists he has no regrets about his decision, and offered criticism for the GOP activists who took a stand against him after he supported President Barack Obamaâ€™s economic stimulus package.
â€œIt just became increasingly apparent to me that a segment of the party was drifting so far to the right that it just wasnâ€™t a place where I felt comfortable anymore,â€ Crist said.
â€œThat level of acrimony and bitterness is what frustrates people today. There is this focus on being loyal to a party over the people, and itâ€™s just wrong,â€ Crist said.
Crist wonâ€™t say which party he will caucus with in the Senate, if he is elected. When asked if he still considers himself a Republican, however, his answer is clearer: â€œIâ€™m an independent. Iâ€™ve changed my registration.â€
The governor wonâ€™t provide details on Senate Majority Leader Harry Reidâ€™s (D-Nev.) courtesy phone call last month, but said Reid was â€œgraciousâ€ and expressed a desire to open a line of communication.
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