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By Peter Schorsch
As long expected, Michelle Rehwinkel Vasilinda is pulling a reverse Charlie Crist.
The former state representative for Tallahassee, who quit the Democratic Party and became an independent shortly before being term limited out of office last year, now has officially become a Republican.
Rehwinkel Vasilinda, 56, officially announced the switch at the 2017 Leon GOP Lincoln Day Dinner held in Tallahassee Thursday night.
“We are excited to welcome (her) into the Republican Party,” Leon County GOP chairman EvanPower said. “Her switch really shows how the protest and identity politics from the left is driving people from the Democratic party.”
One person who predicted the move is state Rep. Chris Latvala, a Clearwater Republican, who last year tweeted: “One step closer to joining the Grand Ole Party, my friend :)”
She follows the reverse footsteps of former Gov. Crist, who left the Republicans to become an independent, then joined the Democrats.
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