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.
The energy-tax will be a job creator and reduce pollution. Crist is on the right side to support it. The energy tax will raise revenue to help balance the deficit/debt. It will penalize polluters. It will reduce costs in the health industries and save lives. Only fools would be against an energy tax. Go Charlie!
Karl Rove aroma all over this one.
He's set up several different secretive funds to attack (swift boat) this fall. He wants the most devious, vile, crooks to be the ones to run this country.
WTG Karl - finish the job of destroying this country that you and Shrub and Cheney started.
The energy-tax will be a job creator and reduce pollution. Crist is on the right side to support it. The energy tax will raise revenue to help balance the deficit/debt. It will penalize polluters. It will reduce costs in the health industries and save lives. Only the people corrupted by the $ from BIG polluters would be against an energy tax, and certainly not "conservative." GO Charlie!
If you don't want new taxes......eliminate the state government. Nothing else will accomplish that goal.
Hate to break it to you folks, but 95% of Americans have received tax cuts since President Obama took office.
Raising taxes on the wealthy is reasonable; they can afford to have their taxes go from 36% to 39% (the rate they paid under Reagan).
The tax breaks the wealthy have been given are what kill jobs, as they take their extra money and instead of investing it in our country, they use it to build factories overseas where wages are low and environmental regulations are non-existent. The end result: Americans get laid off here.
These rethuglicant propaganda and miesters stole writing messages on body parts from Sister Sarah.
Not very original unless they tatoo "I'm a Looney and a Racist for the GOP" on their foreheads for all the world to see...
So Gov. Crist will not bow down to the GOP's Neo Conservatives? Well that is Aces in my book. We need more independent thinking people in leadership, leaders who represent the people first not the party.
Hey Florida! If you want to elect an Obozo supporting lackey, then vote for Crist. If you want two more years of this tax and spend madness, then vote for Crist. We're just starting to find out about all the lies they told about Obozocare.
Don't be fooled in 2010 like you were fooled in 2008. Socialism is a path to NOWHERE!
Now that republicans see that Rubio is down in the polls, they are going to try every tactic to demean Gov. Crist. But the fact of the matter is that Marco Rubio is in the business of apologizing to BP like Joe Barton while Gov. Crist is actually working for the people by having all hands on deck with the crisis in the Gulf. This is what happens when you throw moderate republicnas under the bus. The extreme right goes to enormous lengths to express their radical views. I truly loved Rachel Maddow's response to Rubio's commercial.
The last act, this session, of our Republican legislature towards Charlie Crist, was to sabotage, in one hour, the special session he called to protect Florida's coast from a BP type disaster. This wasn't just because they were all on the oil payroll, though they likely are. It was punitive spite towards someone who thought Florida was more important than their agenda. There used to be real Republicans... Eisenhower, Rockefeller, McClosky, Ford, Hagel. Crist was the last. What we have now is brown shirts in gray suits who think they have blue blood and vanilla poop. With that, I offer Governor Crist a case of Fels Naptha, so he can wash away the effluvium of his former contacts.
Crist would sell his mother if the polls told him he should. He is a worthless politician and is a prime example of what is wrong in this great United States. We have politicians who do not have a backbone or character and would sell their only child for enough votes.
Crist is a guy who was against oil drilling but changed his mind in 2008 to support drilling off the coast of Florida and now is strongly AGAINST drilling off the coast of Florida. Regardless of whether you are for or against drilling do you want a person like this with no character or backbone?
If you vote for him in November he will SELL YOU OUT at the first opportunity. At least vote for someone who is not a stinking corrupt and lying individual. Crist needs to go and so do all the other politicians who believe we work for them. No we don't. YOU WORK FOR US!!! GET RID OF THEM ALL!!
Who cares? Charlie has no solid convictions, but Rubio is a dangerous right-wing zealot with credibility issues. Kendrick Meek, the Democrat can't win. You'd be surprised how many Independents and Moderate Democrats like I am will be voting for Charlie.
Crist has been a good governor for the people of Florida. Obviously, that is of no interest to the right-wing wackos in the GOP.
I guess no one in the Republican party remembers "Read my lips, no new taxes!" ?
Glad I don't have to live there if a formerly acceptable candidate has to abandon ship because the extreme side of the party is deciding how things go.
"a Republican think tank "
Now there's an oxymoron. And could the ad get more red-neck looking????
why does middle class republicans fight so hard for the top 1% who does not care if they live or die
I am sick of hearing ignorant people complain about taxes. America has one of the lowest tax rates in the world. We all like nice roads, park, bridges, street lights, green grass alone the highway, sidewalks etc,etc but nobody wants to pay for for all this. What is wrong with you? You should live in Russia or France where taxes are almost 50%. Wake up stupid– you live in the best country in the world .If you don't like it--leave it.
Misleading title. It is not an outside group, it is a REPUBLICAN THINK TANK (an oxymoron if there ever was one.) You could have put that in the headline and saved me the 10 seconds of my life I'll never get back.
The saying goes "point your finger at someone and there's three pointing right back at you". All these CLOWNS helped to get us in this huge mess with their RUBBER STAMP, so STFU
I'll give the group a Name they are called the( Same Rich Evil BASTARDS) in the last election !!!
In the past, i was in love with Republicans, Now, i get a headache when I hear republicans.
Certainly, they do know how to send negative messages adds.
They should spend money creating jobs and takes classes to say "YES" to help the administration to succeed in handling some issues that affects the majority of americans.
And the Republican hypocrisy sadly continues...
First of all, Norm Coleman? A politician who irresponsibly continued to waste MN tax dollars even when he knew he lost? That was taxation without representation for nearly SIX months!
Second, it was Rubio who was inconsistent on stimulus. He tried to argue against Crist for supporting recovery, and then Rubio hypocritically admitted he would have accepted stimulus, too.
Go Charlie Crist! Americans could use more independent thinkers in our government.
Crist is at least smart enough to think of long term needs rather than short term selfish interests when it comes to energy. The comment about "Job killing energy tax" is a clue that Rubio is a "drill baby drill" fan. Crist at least has seen the true cost of oil first hand. Hope the folks in FL have the same mindset. Being "anti-tax" is irrational at best. Though it would be great to not have to fund our wars & military, most folks who understand economics know there's a price even though the last Administration had not plan for how to fund our wars. How did "Trickle Down" work back then?
I was supporting Charlie Christ over Rubio only to find out that Gov Christ really is a liberal Democrat. Shame on me!!!!
Does Charlie Crist resemble "Magda" from the movie Something About Mary?