The choice between Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist could not be clearer. Each man's actions as governor couldn't have been more dissimilar.
Crist increased funding for education during his term. Early on, Scott cut funding for education by $1.3 billion, causing teacher layoffs and damaging school districts.
Crist put in place programs to combat global warming and protect Florida's environment. He understands that Florida is ground zero for climate change.
Scott decimated many of Crist's programs. Scott says that he does not believe in climate change, he "is not a scientist," and he will not listen to the consensus of the scientific community.
Crist will work toward accepting the Medicaid expansion for a million Floridians who are without healthcare. Scott is ideologically opposed; though recently, in this election year, he said he is for it. He has not lobbied the Legislature. He only gives it lip service.
Crist has accepted the inevitable overturning of Florida's anti-marriage equality law. Scott is willing to waste taxpayer money fighting its demise. He now says that he believes in equal rights for all of Florida's citizens. But again, this is just lip service.
Crist supports Common Core standards for Florida's schools. Scott stands with the tea party, which wants to eviscerate the new standards championed by former Gov. Jeb Bush.
I am a Democrat. I did not vote for Charlie Crist when he was elected governor in 2006. But I soon realized that Gov. Crist did not let ideology stand in the way of his being governor of all Floridians.
He worked with Republicans and Democrats alike to move Florida forward. And, I believe that his background as a former Republican governor will enhance his ability to move Florida forward again in the future.