Washington (CNN) - An outside group is weighing on the Florida Senate race with a new TV ad attacking Gov. Charlie Crist for shifting his positions on taxes, the federal stimulus bill and cap and trade legislation.
The commercial is being funded by The American Action Network, a Republican think tank and advocacy group headed by former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and Rob Collins, a former aide to House Minority Whip Eric Cantor. The commercial will run for one week in the Tampa/St. Petersburg and Panama City markets.
The ad accuses Crist, who in April left the GOP to run as an unaffiliated candidate in the Senate battle, of flip-flopping on an anti-tax pledge he signed when running for governor, as well running away from his support for the stimulus bill while still in the Republican primary.
The commercial also says Crist supports a job-killing "energy tax," the Republican code word for proposed cap-and-trade legislation.
"You can't trust Charlie Crist to fight for jobs - unless its his own job," a narrator warns in the 30-second spot.
The outside ad spending likely comes as welcome news to Republican candidate Marco Rubio, who trails Crist both in polling and money. Though Rubio had a blockbuster second quarter, raising $4.5 million, he spent most of it and finished June with $4.4 million in the bank to Crist's $8.2 million.
Crist and Rubio will face the winner of the Democratic Senate primary, either establishment-backed Rep. Kendrick Meek or self-funding billionaire investor Jeff Greene.
Gov. Crist has my vote for sure. No ifs, ands, or buts about it!
Gov. Charlie Crist working hard Floridians I hope he will win shame on republicans we need good people in DC who can work with every one
Crist another Specter,will say or do anything to stay on the Tax Payers cuff,and not do an honest days work.
We need new taxes for the rich, they havent been paying thier fair share like the rest of us pheasants. Do a little research folks and you'll see capital gains tax was 79% before Ron, Reagan dropped it to 50%, G BUSH SR. dropped them to 25%, B Clinton raised it back to 39% and guess what folks we had a surplus of cash when Clinton handed the ball to W. If your like me and dont know what to believe with all the stuff we read, answer this how was your bank account doing when Bill was in office.
The republicains got us into this mess, by giving to the rich and taking from the poor. No sherwood forest here. Thanks Boys for the help!
i am a democrat sorry meeks if i was living n florida i would vote 4 crist and i am a black male who is saying this!