Eight years ago, state Rep. Terry Fields, a Democrat, threw his arm around newly inaugurated Gov. Charlie Crist and delivered a proclamation that stunned even the then-Republican's staunchest supporters.
"He's the first black governor of the state of Florida," Fields crowed.
Fields' embrace didn't achieve the infamy a later hug with the nation's first black president earned Crist among Republicans.
But, nearly a decade later, Crist is banking on Fields' characterization to help win his old job back.