November 9th, 2009
12:56 PM ET
13 years ago

Club For Growth officially picks Rubio

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="The Club For Growth officially backed Marco Rubio in the Florida Senate race."]
(CNN) - The conservative Club For Growth formally endorsed former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio Monday over the Republican Party's choice of current Gov. Charlie Crist in that state's Senate primary race, setting the stage for what again could be a bitter intra-party battle within the GOP.

"Marco Rubio is the real deal, one of the brightest young stars in American politics today, and a proven champion of economic liberty," Club President Chris Chocola said in a statement. "He is a dynamic spokesman for the principles of limited government and economic freedom, and he will make a fantastic senator."

The endorsement is not surprising, especially after The group launched a television ad last week attacking Crist for claiming recently on CNN he did not endorse President Obama's stimulus measure back in February.  In fact, Crist did attend a rally with the president during which he hailed the measure as one that will "reignit[e] the economy."

"Charlie Crist has repeatedly joined with big government liberals on major economic issues facing America today, from taxes to spending to cap-and-trade," Chocola said. "He represents the wrong direction for our economy and our nation."

The endorsement comes weeks after The Club spent upwards of $1 million in a special New York congressional election on behalf of a third-party conservative over the Republican Party-backed candidate. When the Democrat ultimately won what had been a longtime reliably Republican district, those conservatives faced fire from some in the GOP for language that seemed to push moderates away.

Chocola said Monday electability wouldn't be an issue in the Florida race. His organization has spent months studying the Florida race, he said, and has determined either Crist or Rubio has a good chance of beating potential Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek in a general election.

"The only question now is what kind of Republican will Florida send to Washington next year: a pro-growth Republican with a record of fiscal conservatism or a big-government Republican with a record of tax increases?" Chocola said.

Filed under: Charlie Crist • Club for Growth • Marco Rubio • President Obama
soundoff (88 Responses)
  1. sgurdog

    The club for growth are the same people that brought you the housing bubble and the s & l crisis. No one should pay attention to anything they say, they are white collar criminal minds.

    November 9, 2009 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  2. W Spivey

    We need some new leadership to replace that wussie Harry R and the idiot Joe L

    November 9, 2009 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. notfooledtx

    The Club for Growth....weren't they backing Doug Hoffman?

    Not a very good track record if you ask me.

    November 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  4. sgurdog

    When they say they want economic freedom and limited government they mean they want to replace democratically elected representatives with corporate overlords that only answer to a small group. They are more akin to the club of good ole boys.

    November 9, 2009 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Doug, New Jersey

    40% of Americans have strong morals and values, believe in always being honest, fair, and doing the right thing, they are known as Conservatives.

    A Conservative Party that represents these people and the best of America is what the Republican party needs to return to. The party of Reagan, not McCain.

    That 40% shoud increase as more Americans reach a moral cross-roads, witnessing Obama's goons like the SEIU beat up African Americans and call them the N word if they think for themselves and escape the evil Democrat party. We must look at what the Democrats have done to Americans in inner cities like Detroit and Chicago, it is nothing short of genocide, and we must face the facts that almost every Democrat in America loves nothing more than to hear about what happened to that honor student in Chicago, they are violent, haters, who want to hold people back for control. The Democrats in America have more blood on their hands than anyone else in the historty of mankind, just look at what has happened in Democrat counties and districts over the last 40 years.

    November 9, 2009 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  6. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    Continuing the STUPID "trickle down" policies of Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush would be the wrong direction for our country.

    November 9, 2009 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  7. cgillette369

    'good time' charlie crist is a george bush, john mccain, and graham RINO all are actually JFK DEMS.

    Crist is what is referred to as an Obama RINO.
    he must leave.
    a lifetime politician who must be retired.

    November 9, 2009 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
  8. Reaganomics Leads To Feudalism

    The so-called "Club for Growth" should be called the Club for a Feudalist America.

    If anyone doesn't know what feudalism is, look it up. It's what you get when deregulation and "trickle down" economic policies have run their full course.

    November 9, 2009 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  9. geecee

    Guess a politician cannot be a moderate and be in the Rethuglican Party. One has to be a zealot, preferably a religious one, who for some odd reason thinks their "freedom" is being taken away but they are the ones who want to take away everyone else's "freedoms". They want everyone to think like they do and no one can stray from the party line. Crackpots.

    November 9, 2009 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  10. Fan of Common Sense

    Anyone would have to be better than Charlie "got-no-principles" Crist. His little excuse of forgetting he was a republican and siding with Obama because he wanted the federal bucks for his state just doesn't cut it. Sorry Charlie.

    November 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  11. A. Smith

    "The endorsement comes weeks after The Club spent upwards of $1 million in a special New York congressional election"

    With Millions of Americans losing their homes, jobs and working fewer hours in their struggle to simply survive, giant American Corporations spend millions on their Republican puppets in hopes of getting laws and bills passed by the degenerate Republican lawmakers that generate Billions of dollars into their bottom lines.

    Does 'The Club' actually represent The American People? NO

    If the average viewer can see thru this man like the faux slippery puppet that he truly is, the Republican Party stands no chance in swaying overwhelming condemnation of them.

    A. Smith

    November 9, 2009 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  12. andy

    Hopefully he won't follw the wannabe king. Obama. Maybe he won't be like dems. Dems do whatever the choosen one ask of them without question, reading the bill, or asking what the ones who elected them think. Sheeple.

    November 9, 2009 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  13. Bob Pacific Grove, Ca

    The GOP "Club For Growth"??? LOL!!!!! Oh my, now that's a happenin' endorsement and worthy of substantial media coverage, right CNN?.....

    November 9, 2009 02:57 pm at 2:57 pm |
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