Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told a Tampa television station Monday that he’s thinking about running for U.S. Senate as an independent.
In an exclusive interview with ABC affiliate WFTS, Crist signaled that he would take his time to weigh his options.
“The law gives you until April 30 to make such a declaration and I’m going to take my time and be as thoughtful as I need to be,” Crist said. “I’m getting a lot of advice in that direction and I’m a listener so I’m certainly listening to it.”
The language is the strongest demonstration to date that Crist is pondering leaving the Republican Party.
Asked why he cancelled television ads this week that were set to run in Tampa and Orlando, Crist replied, “We’re going to change it up a little bit. I wanted to highlight what we have done in our administration.”
Crist told WFTS that new ads would begin airing shortly, perhaps as soon as this evening.
In a memo to top Republicans Monday, National Republican Senatorial Committee Executive Director Rob Jesmer wrote that “there is zero chance” Crist will continue running in the Republican primary.