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.
Crist you are now a bigger clown than the three stooges–Reid–Pelosi- and Obama...LOL
The GOP is like that ex-girlfriend who can't seem to let go. shame, shame.
The Rasmussen Reports poll released on April 22. "Fifty-six percent (56%) of voters now approve of the way Crist is handling his job, up 11 points from a month ago.
The far right wing of the GOP will ram Rubio down Floridian’s throats but a sizable majority of Floridians, the ones who will actually send someone to Washington love the guy
Nasty comments, and where was the GOP was spending wildly? The party that whines about "personal responsibility" never seems to have it!
They should save it until after he kicks Rubio's butt and becomes Senator...Then it'll be worth lots more..Another tea bagger disaster..Love it!!!!! Hey Palin, How's that spill baby spill workin for ya...Heh
I'm not sure how that kind of behavior comes off as anything but vindictive and mean-spirited. Assuming that this is the rule and not exception when it comes to the Florida GOP's political culture, Crist can probably turn this around on them pretty easily.
Stupider and stupider.
I have no love for Mr Christ, but I have to say, that I'm neither surprised nor offended by his decision to leave the Republican Party...
What with the purity tests and all, the Republican party has made themselves look like lock stepping militants. I'll be surprised, at this rate, if they can win ANY seats in the mid-term elections. Important people IN the Republican party don't trust Republicans, why should the public at large?
Sounds like true Republicans...... Your either with them or against them. There is no room in between. This is just a big becon of light to the huge problem in American polotics, GOP Babies.
Can you believe that the GOP turned their backs on this good man...yet STRONGLY support the likes of Sanford in South Carolina ??? What a party of hypocrites. They ought to be ashamed of themselves. I only hope that this Nov. the American voter sends this group (who have stolen the very soul of the GOP) a resounding message.
They eat their own, don't they. They eat their own.
Courtesy of Frank from Las Vegas – "In NOvember, Vote NO to the party of NO".
Proving once again that the Republican party is all about money.
You run charlie out of the party you try to degrade him because he wouldn,t be your puppet now you want to sell his painting good luck,i'm not a fan of crist's but your reason for disliking him is childish because he hug the president of the united statesi have run into some fools in my time but this takes the cake,i hope he kicks your but's.
This is great entertainment. I love watching them destroy each other.You can't make this stuff up and you don't even have to pay to see it.
I sent money to Crist from here in Oregon.
This type of nonsense is why the Republican party is in the sad state it is in today.
Could be a money-making opportunity here.... I've you can get it cheap enough and then charge people $1 an egg throw at it there could be some profit involved!
If the Florida GOP wasn't so far out in right field(ie;the cheap seats) Gov Crist wouldn't have left the party.The only ones to blame here is the party its self for selling out to the faaar right. God forbid the should support a moderate that did what was right by the state and its citizens and NOT by what the party wanted.. I hope Crist wins, it would serve the GOP right to lose the election...
Well, what did you expect the man to do once he realized he was part of an untrustworthy, self-serving political party?
What a bunch of childish jerks the Republican Party has de-volved to!
This is tacky and typical of what republicans do. Shame on the GOP.
Pity the republicans party and its illogical far-right coup.
Ah, but who "owns" the portrait? Was it bought and paid for by the Florida Republican party? Was it a gift? Did they get it on loan from the real owner? If they cannot prove ownership eBay MUST take it down from the auction site and report it to the FBI as an art theft! I bet that'll crinkle someone's jockey shorts at the FRPHQ!
I hope Crist beats them up at the polls.
We'll get our last laughs on those dirty repub tea baggers.
Oh how feelings change when the love affair is over.
Children who don't play well with other children.
"Untrustworthy, Self-Serving Politician," or "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,"
Boy, talk about the pot calling the kettle black. And no, as much as you conservatives would like to think you caught a liberal being racist, it is a term from as far back as the 1600's meaning hypocrisy. Just thought I would throw that in knowing what you neocons would be thinking.