CHARLIE CRIST, FORMER REPUBLICAN GOVERNOR OF FLORIDA,
TO REVEAL WHY HE BECAME A DEMOCRAT IN A MEMOIR FOR DUTTON
New York, NY – [July 8, 2013] –Brian Tart, President and Publisher of Dutton, announced today the acquisition of a memoir by former Florida Governor Charlie Crist. THE PARTY’S OVER: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat will be published in the winter of 2014. Dutton Editor-in-Chief Ben Sevier and Executive Editor Jill Schwartzman acquired World Rights from Peter McGuigan of Foundry Media.
Crist rocked the political world and made national headlines in last December when, after years in the Republican party’s inner circle—including making the shortlist for the vice presidency in 2008—he officially switched political parties and became a Democrat. For the first time, in THE PARTY’S OVER, he will offer a comprehensive account of why he believes Democrats have the right vision for the nation’s future. The book, co-written with bestselling author and Newsday columnist Ellis Henican, will be a no-holds-barred memoir of his journey from Republican to Democrat. He will name names and offer a frank indictment of the failings of the Republican Party.
Among other things, THE PARTY’S OVER will reveal: the inside story of Crist’s 2010 Senate primary campaign against Marco Rubio; his journey from inner circle to persona non grata, thanks to his literal embrace of President Obama; his very frank opinions on Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, and other top-tier Republicans; why he announced his party switch at the White House Christmas party; what he’s learned as a member of both parties; and why he remains convinced that the two-party system can still work—with the right leadership.
“I’ve been on an eye-opening journey these past few years,” he said. “I have now seen both these parties at the highest levels from the inside. In the book, I’ll share my very strong feelings about what’s happened to the Republicans, how the party I grew up in has been hijacked by extremists, losing its compassion and common sense. I’ll describe exactly what I saw and what it made me realize. I have been a Democrat for seven months now. I have found a wonderful new home.”