Crist Not Campaigning On Gay Marriage

Charlie Crist’s not looking to shore up anti-gay sentiment this election season.

Florida’s governor said yesterday that while he’ll vote for Proposition 2, which would amend the state’s constitution and ban gay marriage, he won’t actively campaign on the issue. Instead, he’s looking to help out Republican presidential hopeful John McCain.

“I’ll support it, I’ll vote for it, move on,” the governor said of the Amendment 2 gay-marriage ban in an interview during a trip to tour flood-damaged areas in Central Florida. “It’s not top-tier for me, put it that way.”

When asked if he’ll spend time plugging Amendment 2, Crist said, “I don’t think so. I think I will campaign for candidates much more extensively – Sen. McCain.” The governor also reiterated his position of precluding the Republican Party of Florida from spending money to support the gay-marriage ban.

And, yes, Crist’s still engaged, despite Chuck Todd’s prediction that the Governor would break up with Carole Rome if McCain didn’t pick him as his running mate.