Washington (CNN) – The senator responsible for promoting Democrats in senate races nationwide said the Republican Party is "cannibalizing" its moderates.
Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, reacted to Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to abandon the Republican senate primary and launch an independent bid. Menendez is the chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
"This is an example of what's happening in the Republican Party across the country where they're cannibalizing each other," Menendez told CNN Chief National Correspondent John King in an interview that aired on CNN's John King, USA.
Crist's decision essentially launched a three-way general election race pitting him against former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio – expected to become the Republican nominee - and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek.
Rubio has moved "so far to the right with the Tea Party element," Menendez said, that Crist isn't able to win the Republican nomination "because he's not … to the right enough."
As for the Democratic congressman's chances in the race, Menendez believes keeping Crist in the matchup will benefit Meek.
"As far as I'm concerned, Kendrick Meek – who hasn't run statewide … is leading a path that is going to move straight down the center - [he'll] be able to get Democrats, Republicans and Independents," Menendez said.
Great. Let the Repugnicans erode their own party. But true Republicans must eventually stop putting their heads in the sand and leaving their backsides unprotected. How long will it take them to take their party back??
Yes, they are. And this isn't the first time. Remember Barry Goldwater vs Nelson Rockefeller? It's in their DNA.
I'm leaving you ! said Charlie Crist
I know your sad, i now your pist,
But I'm lookin west from my window sill,
and all I see is a black oil spill,
This aint progress
This is "Drill baby drill
Thank you, Tea Party for being lap dogs for the GOP.
Anyone smart enough to leave the Republican party, indicates they have a brain
Regardless of who wins
Good luck Crist
Watch your back ....
Ala Leiberman, but he's no Leiberman.
Crist could never win in Florida again after he denounced Justice Sotomayor as a racist for her "wise Latina comment". This is what he gets for playing up to the far right wingers instead of using common sense