May 3rd, 2010
03:32 PM ET
4 years ago

Florida GOP auctions Crist painting on eBay

The state party took to eBay Monday afternoon to sell off the framed portrait under the banner 'Help the Republican Party of FL Get Our Money Back!'
The state party took to eBay Monday afternoon to sell off the framed portrait under the banner 'Help the Republican Party of FL Get Our Money Back!'

Washington (CNN) - The Republican Party of Florida has followed through on its promise to auction off an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist, who bolted from the party last week to run for Senate as an independent.

The state party took to eBay Monday afternoon to sell off the framed portrait under the banner "Help the Republican Party of FL Get Our Money Back!"

The eBay product listing, which describes the subject as "Untrustworthy, Self-Serving Politician," drips heavily with sarcasm and outright disdain for the first-term governor.

"Canvas is naturally sensitive to changes of temperature and humidity, just as the Charlie Crist's political convictions are subject to fluctuations in poll numbers," reads one mock disclaimer on the auction page.


Or this: "Ornate gold frame made of manufactured wood, similar to the fabricated conservative values of the politician depicted within."

The framed portrait was commissioned by former Florida GOP chairman Jim Greer, a Crist ally who was forced out of his post earlier this year by conservative activists furious with the party's freewheeling spending habits.

The party, now helmed by state Sen. John Thrasher, said Greer also tapped into donor money to pay for a similar portrait of himself. A Florida GOP spokeswoman said the party spent $7,500 on the two paintings.

"This would be one of many examples of lavish and excessive spending on the backs of RPOF donors that occurred during the Crist/Greer administration at the RPOF," party spokeswoman Katie Gordon Betta told CNN.

Bidding ends on May 10.


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soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Larry

    Gawd, the Republican Party has become a bunch of clowns and fools.

    I bid 50 cents for the frame.

    May 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  2. Honcho

    Republican Party of FL – Truly a classless gesture by a misguided group.

    May 3, 2010 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. Jim In Miami

    This is excellent – when Crist wins he will remember this, also.

    Charlie Crist will win and become Senator

    It is very simple

    On election day – if the democratic candidate Kendrick Meek is not going to win – and he has a lot of ground to make up to be competitive – many, many democrats will vote for Crist so as to not have Marco Rubio become the Tea Party Senator from Florida.

    Crist will win and he will remember exactly who it was that sent him to the Senate.

    "All politics are local"

    This is the political Dynamic in Florida

    May 3, 2010 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  4. Al-NY,NY

    Idiotic....but what do you expect?

    May 3, 2010 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. el_conquistador

    Hmmm...Now that's classy.

    May 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. David in Houston

    Cannibals...

    May 3, 2010 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Nelson, Colorado Springs Co

    This is so stupit and sad for the Republican Party of Florida say that Gov. Charlie Crist is"Untrustworthy, Self-Serving Politician," drips heavily with sarcasm and outright disdain for the first-term governor. Republican Party of FL Want Our Money Back

    May 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  8. Mike

    Typical snotty republicians. Sounds to me like they are making a big deal out of nothing...or could it be they are scared that Charlie might actually WIN?

    May 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. sonny chapman

    These same guys called it political courage when Joe Lieberman did the same things. Hypocrites–AGAIN !!

    May 3, 2010 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  10. Florida Joe

    Yep those Repubs sure know how to spend someone else's money

    Just when you thought they couldn't get any more crazy they pull the portrait of our Gov off the wall and sell it.....Vindictive little bunch aren't they?

    May 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  11. Doug

    Another class act by the Republican Party!

    Y'all act like a bunch of spoiled two year-old brats. A lot of Democrats were not thrilled when Joe Lieberman decided to run as an independent against Ned Lamont, but they didn't treat him like this. A lot of us moderates just wish you conservatives would grow up and quit acting like babies.

    May 3, 2010 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. Jackalope

    I suppose it's not the tackiest thing the Republicans have ever done . . .

    May 3, 2010 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. David in Houston

    Not seeing a listing on Ebay for this...

    May 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    But the Florida GOP will keep their painting of former congressman Mark Foley.

    May 3, 2010 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. chuck

    This is a little extreme and very vindictive. This petty action is indicative of the belittlement that Republicans can and will crouch to. Petty in nature and cruel in intent. Isn't this the Governor that was able to save some wetlands? That alone is amazing. By the number of Confederate flags I counted driving from Seabring, Florida to the northern Florida border, I am amazed that this moderate ever got elected.

    May 3, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  16. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    The FL GOP has almost destroyed the state, and are hoping that Rubio can complete the job in Washington.

    May 3, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  17. Ron Mosher

    All they prove with this behavior are things we already suspect about the Republican Party (aka G.O.P) They are quite petty and childish with this type of behavior. But I expect nothing less.

    May 3, 2010 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. Elizabeth

    So immature.

    May 3, 2010 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  19. Dano

    Once again the Florida GOP shows how immature and childish its members are. Grow up children and do what's right for the State for once!

    May 3, 2010 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  20. Former Republican

    This juvenile move is one of the reasons I no longer am a Republican.

    May 3, 2010 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Bubba

    Bitter much, Party of NO? I love watching them turn on their moderates as if they have no right to disagree with the crazies. Donate the money to a bondage-themed strip club, guys, it will end up there anyway.

    May 3, 2010 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  22. The unsub

    I expect nothing less from the childish GOP. What a bunch!

    May 3, 2010 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  23. El Tony-o

    LOL. Idiots.

    May 3, 2010 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  24. Duck Fallas

    If Bill Press and Sarah Palin had a baby....

    May 3, 2010 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Norm

    Just like the Republicans. Out of one side of their mouth they want absolutely nothing to do with Crist. Out of the other side they try to raise money from him on EBay. They should have simply spray painted a “X” on the painting and sent it to him. They’re hypocritical and will do ANYTHING for a buck.

    May 3, 2010 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
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