Former-Fla. Gov. Crist is writing book critical of GOP

Former Governor Charlie Crist addresses attendees during the monthly meeting of the Democratic Women's Club of Collier County at the Best Western Naples Plaza on Saturday June 15, 2013. Crist, a former Republican who is expected to run for his former office as a Democrat, said he will announce his plans Nov. 4.

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Former Governor Charlie Crist addresses attendees during the monthly meeting of the Democratic Women's Club of Collier County at the Best Western Naples Plaza on Saturday June 15, 2013. Crist, a former Republican who is expected to run for his former office as a Democrat, said he will announce his plans Nov. 4.

NEW YORK — Charlie Crist, the former Florida governor who switched from the Republican Party to Democrat, is working on a book that strongly criticizes the GOP's conservative policies.

Dutton, an imprint of Penguin Random House, announced Wednesday it had acquired Crist's "The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I became a Democrat." The book is scheduled to be published in early 2014.

According to Dutton, Crist will offer "very frank" opinions on Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and other big-name Republicans.

Crist was a Republican when elected governor of Florida, where he served from 2007 to 2011. But he became increasingly estranged from his party. In 2010, he ran as an independent in a three-way U.S. Senate race won by Republican Marco Rubio. Crist became a Democrat in 2012.

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