[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/08/19/art.crist.0819.jpg caption="Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is dismissing a rumor that he will run as an independent."](CNN) - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is dismissing a rumor that he will abandon the Republican Senate primary and run as an Independent.
A conservative online columnist for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel floated the claim on Thursday, setting off a flurry of Internet speculation that Crist might bolt from his party to avoid losing to Marco Rubio in the primary. But Crist said Thursday it's not true.
"It's not going to happen," Crist said at an event in Broward County, according to the St. Petersburg Times.
Crist also kept up his offensive against Rubio, who is back-pedaling this week after revelations that he made personal charges on his Republican Party of Florida credit card. The governor brushed off Rubio's claim that Crist allies leaked the credit card information to newspapers.
"He is the one who made these charges, not me, not any of my friends," Crist said, according to the Times. "I mean, you know, when you do something like that you ought to just take personal responsibility."
"The people will decide this issue," he said. "I think it's pretty clear that they don't like that kind of double dipping. It's just like taxpayers' money. You ought to treat those funds in a vey sacred way."
He added: "Like I said yesterday, welcome to the NFL. If you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen."