‘The Hug’ comes full circle, from infamous to point of pride for Charlie Crist’s new ad

Remember “The Hug”? The one that pretty much got Charlie Crist exiled from the Republican Party a full year before the then-Republican Governor actually quit the Republican Party?

Crist does. The exuberant hug he shared in 2009 with then-President Barack Obama — a Republican Governor embracing a Democratic President over federal stimulus money coming to Florida — was the beginning of the end of Crist as a Republican. It led to his eventual self-reinvention as a Democratic Congressman.

Now he’s turning the moment into a campaign commercial heading into his Democratic Primary Election with Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Crist’s new 30-second

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