May 4th, 2010
05:30 AM ET
5 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.


Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida
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