Florida Republicans hammer Crist for switch
September 4th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
2 years ago

Florida Republicans hammer Crist for switch

(CNN) – Florida Republicans are taking to the airwaves to hammer their state's former GOP governor for his speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, the Republican Party of Florida announced Tuesday.

The group's ad features old news clips of former Gov. Charlie Crist proclaiming his conservative credentials, including praising President George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, saying he was "about as conservative as you can get."

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After leaving office, Crist ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully in 2010, first as a Republican and later as an independent. He has practiced law in Florida since his Senate loss and switched his party affiliation to no party affiliation.

Last week Crist endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, writing that Republicans have "failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve." He is scheduled to speak at this week's Democratic convention, taking place in Charlotte.

"If many Democrats thought Clint Eastwood's speech was a bit odd, wait till they see Charlie Crist – a man who has built his career bashing virtually everything President Obama and the Democrats stand for, including the President's spending programs and ObamaCare – debate himself," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry wrote in a statement.

"Charlie Crist may try to use the Democrats' national convention as his latest attempt to shed his political skin, but the RPOF intends to make sure the people of Florida and the nation remember his words and record," he added.

The group said the ad would air on cable in Florida beginning Tuesday, and would run through Friday. They also added that an online campaign would accompany the television spot.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. WILLARD MILTON ROMNEY IS A COWARD & TAX EVADER

    Don't be mad at Charlie just because he's calling out his party for turning into a bunch of extremists. He's not the only republican who has that sentiment. Just ask Olympia Snowe and Dick Lugar.

    September 4, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  2. rosco

    He stunk as gov of florida, really no-go, get nothing done, sounds famaliar ????

    September 4, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  3. rla

    The democrats does great disservice to this country using extremest for everything. It is deceitful and an insult to anyone with a brain

    September 4, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  4. Darryl

    Another Republican running from the extremist, and obstruction ways of the republican party. They threw Christ out because he wanted to work with the POTUS and solve the problems we face. They T-Party ? They and the ex-treme republicans do not want to work with the President in any way period. Their main goal is to destroy, devide and concor so they take back the W/H at any & at all costs.

    September 4, 2012 11:48 am at 11:48 am |
  5. Rudy NYC

    Didn't Florida Republicans throw the first punch on Crist by throwing him under the bus in 2009? All that he did was say that he was putting politics aside for the good of the country. He admitted that the The Stimulus worked in Florida, thanked Pres. Obama on stage, and even hinted that more stimulus would be appreciated. That's all that Crist did to his trip under the bus bumper. Now the Republicans are upset that he's punching back. Let 'em whine, I say.

    September 4, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  6. Al-NY,NY

    poor GOP. Being exposed by one of their own. Can't wait to hear Crist give the real workings of his party (that disposed of him for even daring to speak of working with Democrats) to the world

    September 4, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  7. "We Built This"... Campaign On Lies

    Republicans are mad because he is airing out their dirty laundry.

    September 4, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  8. independent

    Think of the courage it took for him to do this, and the complete lack of integrity on the part of the GOP to slam him for stating what he believes.

    September 4, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. Woman In California

    Republicans have "failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve."

    How true and Willard M. Romney comes nowhere near "leadership and seriousness"?

    After the way the republicans treated Crist, they have no right to ask this man for anything, and if they don't like what he has to say about them-tough.

    September 4, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  10. vic , nashville ,tn

    When Gov. Charlie Crist was stabbed by his party we left the GOP

    Joe Lieberman did in 2008 did democrat complain about that no

    September 4, 2012 11:58 am at 11:58 am |
  11. Laverne

    The Dems did not act like this last week when Arthur Davis spoke at their convention. As a matter of fact, the Dems could care less and he did not make an impact anyway. Just goes to show how possessive and nutty the repubs are. Charlie Crist must still get to them for them to be spending money on a ad to discredit him. They are litterly stalking the dems convention, the dems let them have their hatefest why not let the dems have their lovefest!

    September 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  12. Gurgyl

    ---because GOP is totally disgrace to USA, American Taliban is GOP, mitt, Paul, Karl Rowe, etc,

    September 4, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm |
  13. Ken

    So the Republicans want to talk about anybody but Romney, got it.

    September 4, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  14. Ev

    Here's the facts in my opinion: We are going down as a country if Obama isn't out! Get your facts right. He is full of empty hyped rhetoric!! Mitt never took a cent for his service but wants to fix America. 1st he donated his inheritance, unpaid intern in the governors office 8 years, served a 2 year mission, took no pay for the Olympics 3 years, no pay for Massachusetts Governor. That's the kind of man Mitt is & wants now to just help America!! No one would do that! No one! He's a good man. Quit listening to all Obamas great speeches – unbelieveable! A vote for Mitt IS a vote for America!! Not to mention the 7 of 10 states with top jobs are run by Republicans We NEED MITT!! Don't blow it again!! Last chance! <3
     

    September 4, 2012 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  15. @GuileOfTheGods

    I'm from Florida, and when compared to Jeb Bush, and Rick Scott, Crist was actually the best o the 3. SO good for him for seeing the light. And I'm sorry the GOP can't handle people leaving them. They're like the mafia. They'll take care of you if you leave them.

    September 4, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. GI Joe

    He was a lot better than that medicare thief republican governor they have now.

    Get rid of Gov. Scott and Florida will flourish again.

    September 4, 2012 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  17. 1crusader

    The GOP doesn't have a leg to stand on in this.Their presidential candidate is now" severely conservative"( LOL), and has been every side of every issue..

    September 4, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  18. Anonymous

    they are trying to crucify christ

    September 4, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  19. Good for you, NIcky

    Welcome to the Republican Party, I was a Democrat until a week ago, then I realized this party ( the Democrats) are full of lies and envy.

    September 4, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  20. SafeJourney

    Repubs stabbed Crist in the back. I dont blame Crist for switching parties.

    September 4, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    @GuileOfTheGods wrote:

    I'm from Florida, and when compared to Jeb Bush, and Rick Scott, Crist was actually the best o the 3. SO good for him for seeing the light. And I'm sorry the GOP can't handle people leaving them.
    -------------------------–
    Gov. Crist didn't leave the GOP. The Tea Party didn't like Crist.. The GOP more or less gave Crist the front bus bumper for praising the Stimulus back in 2009. Gov. Crist said that he was putting America ahead of the Republican Party.

    September 4, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  22. Sharon

    Mitt Romney's wife said that woman will vote differently this time. She is absolutely correct! I am a registered Republican from the farmlands of Ohio and now living in Florida. I will vote differently–a total democratic party. This will be a first for me. I am not willing to go backwards as to the Bush area. I believe that America CAN BE and with the republican party they are only interested in the wealthy taking ownership of whatever. I viewed both the "Romney Revealed" and "Obama Revealed". Romney is trying to sustain his father's legacy in which he says, "look Dad" I can do what you wanted of me. That is sad.
    I am outraged that ANYONE in this democratic America needs to sign an agreement with Grover Norquist in order to run for public office or run for the Presidency of the United States. Now that is Socialism! A government ruled by the rich and the "want to bees". Vote for the person who has your interest at heart! The current PRESIDENT, OBAMA.

    September 4, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  23. Al-NY,NY

    Ev

    Here's the facts in my opinion: We are going down as a country if Obama isn't out! Get your facts right. He is full of empty hyped rhetoric!! Mitt never took a cent for his service but wants to fix America. 1st he donated his inheritance, unpaid intern in the governors office 8 years, served a 2 year mission, took no pay for the Olympics 3 years, no pay for Massachusetts Governor. That's the kind of man Mitt is & wants now to just help America!! No one would do that! No one! He's a good man. Quit listening to all Obamas great speeches – unbelieveable! A vote for Mitt IS a vote for America!! Not to mention the 7 of 10 states with top jobs are run by Republicans We NEED MITT!! Don't blow it again!! Last chance! <3
    -------–

    "the facts in my opinion"......that about says it all from this one. I bet the message was sent from the 90 foot yacht or the luxury penthouse

    September 4, 2012 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  24. Drew

    He was a better governor than Scott and I would have really preferred him to Rubio. At least he can function in the middle. The Republican party turned their back on Christ and now hes independent..good for him.

    September 4, 2012 12:30 pm at 12:30 pm |
  25. ghostriter

    Didn't republicans try to slam democrats for speaking on Artur Davis?

    I did forget how republicans clowned Crist. All because he said he didn't hate Obama.

    September 4, 2012 12:32 pm at 12:32 pm |
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