November 5th, 2009
02:22 PM ET
13 years ago

FRC PAC endorses Marco Rubio

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A socially conservative PAC announced Thursday that it is endorsing Marco Rubio's 2010 Senate bid."]
Washington (CNN) - The FRC Action PAC, the Family Research Council's political action committee, announced Thursday that it's endorsing former Florida state legislator Marco Rubio's 2010 Senate bid.

"Marco Rubio has been a true friend of the family and the culture of life as a state legislator in Florida," Tony Perkins, FRC Action president, said in a statement announcing the endorsement. "Rep. Rubio's many years of advocacy on behalf of pro-family causes will serve him well in the Senate. FRC Action PAC believes that Marco Rubio will be a true advocate for the issues that best uphold and strengthen families. We are proud to support his candidacy."

Rubio is set to face off against Florida Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida's GOP Senate primary. After conservative pressure forced moderate Republican Dede Scozzafava out of the race in New York's 23rd congressional district, many of the same activists - who have made similar complaints about Crist's candidacy - pledged to repeat the performance.

"Dede Scozzafava is out," wrote RedState's Erick Erickson shortly after the state assemblywoman ended her bid. "We must now do to Crist what we did to Scozzafava. He's even more a potential menace simply by virtue of being a potential Senator."

After Scozzafava dropped out of the race in New York's 23rd congressional district, Rubio penned a blog post on a conservative blog.

Scozzafava's departure from the race "should send an encouraging message to conservatives everywhere," Rubio blogged on October 31, "It is not only right and necessary to stand up for our principles, it is also an appealing strategy to Americans yearning for less government and more fiscal restraint in Washington."

Perhaps in response to Scozzafava's downfall in the NY-23 race, Crist already appears to be trying to downplay views that might draw conservative fire. In an interview Wednesday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer, Crist said that he never supported President Obama's $787 billion stimulus plan, despite his appearance at an event with Obama in Florida earlier this year.

The Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative growth that backed Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman in the NY-23 race, announced Thursday that it will begin airing a new television ad that criticizes Crist for his support of Obama's stimulus plan.

Filed under: Charlie Crist • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    I hope they both lose...... yuck

    November 5, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  2. SY

    Rubio is a Bush clone, and yes, he is a right wing whacko. He pushes religion down your throats and he appeals to the religious idiots. He loves money and the wealthy and hates his own government. I do hope he wins the repub primary. Go DEMS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    p.s. Tony Perkins is not good for this country either; talk about wanting to take your freedom away, he's your man.

    November 5, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Mike in LR

    For the first time in years polls show more support for right to life than support for abortion on demand. As a Christian abortion is simply murder to me when done only as means of birth control. I am not qualified to judge those who do this, I'm far from perfect. That is up to Jesus when the time comes.

    The family is the ordained social unit established by God. Family values simply seek to nurture that. The hatred exhibited toward those who defend the family is a sad commentary on our society. Of course it all boils down to the fact that God ordained a father and mother not a father and a father or a mother and a mother. However it is not up to me to judge again. Our freedom to choose our own destiny is God given also. Therefore I have nothing to say about what others do as long as they don't ask me (with my taxes) to pay for it.

    November 5, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Jane/Seattle

    And so the Continuous Bi-Polar, See Saw Drama To WIN is in full swing mode SO Little will be accomplished. Were any of our mostly political, fake leaders (money changers!) to REALLY CARE ABOUT US OR THIS EARTH, they'd all suspend this drama. They would know to Choose an Honest Model of Ethical Leadership. THIS model truly employs COOPERATION to solve problems instead of creating more with a false COMPETITION. THIS CORNERSTONE CONCEPT , COMPETITION, is the very antiIn the words of the wonderful John Denver classic unvieled in Russia some many years ago: "It's About Time", "'s about time we realize it, we're ll in this together, it's about time we find out it's all of us or none. It's about time, it's about changes, it's about time..." Peace

    November 5, 2009 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  5. All the news ths is fit to omit

    I like both of them and I agree with Gingrich, we need to be a party with many moderates in it as well.

    The only person who I agree with totally is ME

    However, the media needs to stop lying that the republican that quit the race in NY was a MODERATE, she was nothing CLOSE to being anything BUT a liberal.

    Republicans in NY messed that up themselves, but Owens will borrow the seat for a year and no more.

    However, the Republicans will be Governors of NJ and VA for FOUR YEARS BARRY..............

    You are one and done.

    November 5, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  6. Ed Tallahassee

    The more Rubio bad mouths Crist the more I start to like him.

    November 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
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