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Why Is Charlie Crist Suddenly Sucking Up to the Religious Right?

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Guess who’s headlining the Christian Family Coalition’s Miami gala next month? It’s Crist, oooh, it’s Crist

Florida’s openly heterosexual Gov. Charlie Crist will be the big draw for the CFC’s big ticket fundraiser ($60-$1200 to attend) as he works to shore up conservative support for his U.S. Senate run. Of course, CFC is the same group that supported a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage and lobbied against Miami-Dade’s domestic partnership registry.

But Crist needs all the help he can get, even if it means moving away from his self-professed “moderate” stance on social issues: Opponent Marco Rubio has cut Crist’s lead in half for the Republican nomination.