Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a statement following Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's announcement Thursday.
Read the full statement after the jump.
STATEMENT FROM RNC CHAIRMAN MICHAEL STEELE ON FLORIDA SENATE RACE
Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:
“Now more than ever, Floridians need leadership in Washington. With unemployment at an all-time high in Florida, they want a Senator to exercise strong fiscal discipline and be a catalyst for job creation. Without question, the Republican nominee this fall will offer those qualities. Governor Charlie Crist, however, will not be that candidate. Over the years, he has served this party well, which is why his decision to run as an Independent is so disappointing. To be sure, he left this party. This party did not leave him. His decision will in no way impede our path to victory in Florida. The challenges that Floridians face are many. And this November, we will have a nominee in place that will listen to them and put forth solutions to get Floridians back to work.”