Crist hires Democrat for Senate campaign

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who's making an independent run for the Senate, has hired a Democrat to join his campaign team.

Eric Johnson will join the campaign as its South Florida political director, according to the Palm Beach Post.

Johnson served as chief of staff for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). The Post reports Johnson "guided many Broward and Palm Beach county campaigns in recent years and is now president of Johnson Campaigns, which operates in Washington, D.C., and South Florida."

Crist is Johnson's only non-Democrat client for the 2010 election.

Crist lost most of his staff when he announced he'd run as an independent instead of pursuing the Republican Senate nomination.

Those who submitted their resignations included campaign manager Eric Eikenberg, campaign chairman former Sen. Connie Mack (R-Fla.) and campaign attorney Benjamin Ginsberg. Crist also lost his Republican polling firm, Public Opinion Strategies.

Earlier this month Crist hired his sister, Margaret Crist Wood, to be his interim campaign manager.