(CNN) – Charlie Crist is robo-calling Florida voters, talking about his conservative values as he wages another campaign for governor.
The only problem is Crist is now a Democrat, and the recorded phone message is actually from 2006, when he was a Republican.
Republican state Sen. Tom Lee is resurfacing Crist's old campaign comments to remind Democratic voters of Crist's past words and highlight his party switch.
Lee's Group – "The Conservatives" – is paying for the robocalls across Florida. This particular call is the same one Crist used in the 2006 governor's race to sway Republican primary voters.
The robocall, one of four that Lee's group is producing, ticks off a list of conservative stances Crist once held but has since rejected:
"Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I'm pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It's sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths…Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on Election Day"
Lee told CNN he's backing the calls because Crist, who served as Florida's Republican governor from 2007 to 2011, ran as an independent for the U.S. Senate and is now running for the Democratic nomination for governor. He argued that Crist has undergone "a dramatic metamorphosis" and is "defrauding 19 million people in Florida."
Having once considered Crist a political mentor after they met in Tallahassee, Lee broke with Crist in 2009 when Crist pivoted to the center to run for U.S. Senate. Lee was an early backer of the more conservative Marco Rubio, who ultimately defeated Crist in the 2010 GOP Senate primary. That's when Crist became an independent and ran unsuccessfully in the general election later that year.
At the end of 2012, after Obama's re-election, Crist announced he had officially become a Democrat.
Lee would not specify how much his group is spending but said that 2 million calls have gone out to Democratic voters across the state, apparently to help Crist's primary opponent Nan Rich.
The fourth call will go out Thursday, Lee told CNN, using Crist's 2008 suggestion that Sarah Palin would make a better president than Barack Obama.
The Crist campaign said the calls are a form of voter "suppression" and evidence of Republican "desperation."
Crist spokesman Brendan Gillfillan said Republicans are “targeting Democratic primary voters with a robocall that’s nearly a decade old, hoping to fool them into thinking it’s new. It’s a tired tactic, one they used to target other Democratic candidates in 2012.”