April 29th, 2010
06:25 PM ET
13 years ago

Michael Steele reacts to Crist announcement

Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele released a statement following Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's announcement Thursday.

Read the full statement after the jump.


Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Michael Steele released the following statement today:

“Now more than ever, Floridians need leadership in Washington. With unemployment at an all-time high in Florida, they want a Senator to exercise strong fiscal discipline and be a catalyst for job creation. Without question, the Republican nominee this fall will offer those qualities. Governor Charlie Crist, however, will not be that candidate. Over the years, he has served this party well, which is why his decision to run as an Independent is so disappointing. To be sure, he left this party. This party did not leave him. His decision will in no way impede our path to victory in Florida. The challenges that Floridians face are many. And this November, we will have a nominee in place that will listen to them and put forth solutions to get Floridians back to work.”

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Michael Steele • RNC
soundoff (11 Responses)
  1. Livin' the good life

    Yada, yada, yada...WHO really cares what you think Mister Steele. You are a puppet for the Relics just like Bush was. You're afraid that if you speak YOUR OWN MIND you will be out of a job. Why do some people suck the air right out of a room?...Beau Colby

    April 29, 2010 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  2. Jimmy

    What a liar. " To be sure, he left this party. This party did not leave him." So you didn't leave him when you and every other Republican endorsed Rubio? Now I am not sure but endorsing another candidate instead of the incumbent usually means, good bye baby. When will Steele stop with the games and lead his party in a positive manner. Hey, Steele go back to high school were your smack talking will get you somewhere.

    April 29, 2010 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |
  3. Kevin Cantu

    rofl.....Keep up the good work Mr. Steele......and to those who want to crucify Gov. Crist all I can say to you is get over it and I'm glad someone like Crist has the balls to finally leave such a bogus party to begin with and I only hope more Politicians like Crist continue to do the same and leave both the Democrats and Republicans once and for all.....GO INDEPENDENTS!!!!

    April 29, 2010 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  4. Sunny the High Schooler

    Crist is quite a contrast from the regular Republican nowadays; he is sane, respects compromise, and vetoed the Florida teacher pay bill, which half my teachers (especially the good ones) lambasted every time they lectured the class.

    April 29, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  5. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Shut up Michael Steele because you are just a puppet and will be gone after November.

    April 29, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  6. Dennis

    To be sure, many others need to leave this party also. We do not need another corrupt Republican in Washington supporting the criminals on Wall Street and their billion dollars bonuses funded by the taxpayers.

    April 29, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  7. George of the jungle

    Steel is nothing more than a mouth piece for the party. They only use him and now don't know how to get rid of him without seeming like the bozos that they are. They don't want crist and are happy to see him gone. He did not follow lock step with what they wanted. He actualy talked to the president and had a picture taken with him . Bad boy.

    April 29, 2010 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  8. rdepontb

    What can you possibly mean, his party did not leave him?? Everyone abandoned him, publicly and sourly throwing their support for Rubio. Publicly attacking him for having his picture taken with the President of the US, Savagely portrayed him as a scab for daring to be bipartisan on occasion. How unAmerican Crist is!!

    The Republican party is in deep, deep muck, Mr. Steele, and if anyone should think about leaving it before it destroys another career, it is you.

    April 29, 2010 07:54 pm at 7:54 pm |
  9. timz

    I guess Marco Rubio was "exercis[ing] strong fiscal discipline" when he charged thousands of dollars of personal expenses to his GOP credit card. A lot like the Bush/Cheney administration did when they charged the war in Iraq to our kids and grandkids.

    April 29, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  10. carlos

    reject all the repulsive repugnants......and marquito will NOT WIN in Florida

    April 29, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  11. Givemeabreak!!!

    Good for Crist..he knows when a ship (political party) is sinking fast.
    Crist will serve Floridians well when he gets to Washington.

    April 29, 2010 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |