Published: Dec 29, 2010 5:07 PM EST
Updated: Dec 29, 2010 2:07 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist will linger in some short-term memories for his failed independent Senate run and his pardon of singer Jim Morrison.

People thinking longer term will recall a popular governor who persuaded Republicans and Democrats to work together and had potential for success at the national level.

For much of his tenure, Crist was strongly supported by voters across party lines.

But the combination of a bad economy and uncharacteristic political miscalculations set his career into reverse.

The guy who was mentioned as a potential 2008 running mate for Republican John McCain and a possible future presidential candidate is now looking for a job outside of politics.

Republican Rick Scott replaces him Jan. 4.

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