Several recent letters have decried Charlie Crist for changing party affiliation. Crist maintains that he didn't leave the Republican Party, the party left him.
Whatever his reason(s), he joins an impressive group of politicians. Republican Paula Dockery of Polk County recently produced a partial list of "turncoats" who switched parties during their adult careers.
It includes Ronald Reagan, Rick Perry, Strom Thurman, Jesse Helms, Elizabeth Dole, Hillary Clinton, Arlen Specter, Elizabeth Warren, Florida Governors Claude Kirk and Bob Martinez, and numerous members of the state Legislature.