Behind the scenes at Charlie Crist's book tour stop in Fort Lauderdale

Charlie Crist

Original post | 10 a.m.

Updated with pictures (above) | 10:45 a.m. (With thanks for many of the pictures to Fort Lauderdale photographer Art Seitz.)

A little unfinished business from Charlie Crist’s book tour stop in Fort Lauderdale.

•Somewhere from 150 to 200 people went through the line to get the former governor’s signature on their copies of “The Party’s Over, How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat.”


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The first person on line, Sandy Berman of Pompano Beach, showed up at 5 p.m. for an event that didn’t start till 7 p.m.

The last person, Sue Cleveland of Fort Lauderdale, showed up after 8 p.m. and waited just a couple of minutes. “I was an admirer of his when he was governor. He went beyond party lines.” The no party affiliation/independent voter said she “absolutely” plans to vote for him (assuming he wins the party’s nomination).

•Crist, who is, after all a politician seeking a return to his old job in his new (Democratic) Party didn’t rush people along. Lots of picture taking with fans and he chatted with each.

•Even though Broward has a large contingent of Democratic activists who would love to see former Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich of Weston get the nomination for governor, there were plenty of party activists – including committeemen and committeewomen – among the book buyers.

One committeewoman, holding a just-signed Crist book that she’d hold an event for him – after the August primary. She wouldn’t comment publicly saying she’d be “killed” by the Rich supporters if she were outed as a Crist person.

Hollywood Mayor Peter Bober said he’s supporting Crist because “the governor has a proven track record of working with Democrats and Republicans.”

Democratic activist Joe Kreps was there, offering a bit of counter-programming. He was wearing a Rich shirt and holding Rich paraphernalia.

•Carole Rome, Crist’s wife, eventually got a chair.

Complete rundown of what went down inside and outside the Barnes & Noble on Twitter @BrowardPolitics. A few of the tweets are here: