April 29th, 2010
11:05 AM ET
12 years ago

NRSC to ask for Crist donation back

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/29/art.cornyn.0429.gi.jpg caption="Sen. John Cornyn said Thursday that the NRSC would ask for the money it gave to Charlie Crist’s campaign back if the Florida governor abandoned the Republican Party and ran for Senate as an independent."]Washington (CNN) - Nearly one year after Sen. John Cornyn called Florida Gov. Charlie Crist "the best candidate" in that state's Senate race, the Texas Republican and head of the party's campaign committee said Thursday the organization wants its money back should Crist announce he is running as a third-party candidate.

Cornyn, the head of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told reporters Thursday he will ask for the $10,000 back the committee gave Crist if, as expected, the Florida governor announces Thursday he is abandoning his GOP Senate bid in favor of an independent run. Brian Walsh, the NRSC's communications director, confirmed Cornyn's statement to CNN.

Listen: CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser and CNN's Dick Uliano take a look at the intra-party conflict among Republicans in races taking place in Florida, Texas and other places.

Cornyn also said that Crist's "future electoral prospects are irreparably damaged by his deciding now to run as an independent," according to the Washington Post.

Crist, who at one point held a wide lead over his Republican competitor, Marco Rubio, now trails the former Florida House Speaker by 23 points, according to a recent statewide poll.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida • John Cornyn • NRSC
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. If We Can Defeat Him On Healthcare, It Will Be His Waterloo

    GOP's Got Obama Psychosis drove Crist out of the party.

    April 29, 2010 12:16 pm at 12:16 pm |
  2. Brandon V. in DFW

    For some reason when I read this the first thing that came to mind was that phrase "eating your own".

    In the GOP it seems one day you can be the absolute best person for the job and the next be considered a wolf in sheep's clothing and thrown to the wolves.

    Its truly fascinating to watch.

    April 29, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  3. Mar

    The repubs have no shame! They abandoned Crist first and now that he is going to run as an independent they want their money back? Such a group of losers.

    April 29, 2010 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  4. InlandEmperor

    Governor Crist has definitely moved to the head of the class. Thank God there is still hope for the citizens of this country that we may yet have elected officials that have minds of their own....and are interested in serving the needs of their electorate and not just their own. We may yet be able to overcome this epidemic of politicians who care little about the best interests of their country and more about their own special interests. Please continue on your historic path Charlie.

    April 29, 2010 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Gov. Crist should return the 10,000 crooked dollars given him by the NRSC. last year. Tell them where they can stick it to insure they keep it this time.

    April 29, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  6. Chas in Iowa

    The old ship is burning and the rats are running down the anhor rope toward the docks. The "big cheese" rat is standing up on the deck of the burning ship shouting down at the deserting rats that they won't be welcome when they decide to return to the burning ship.

    April 29, 2010 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  7. Some republican guy

    Dagnabbit!!! Those narcisstic elitest obamabots are at it again!!! They beamed there brainwashing rays from there secret base in Cuba and pointed them at Florida and hit Crist right in the noggin!!!! Now he's a socialist trying to destroy this country and take away our assault rifles!!!! Wise up, people!!! Soon the Oprah watching union thugs and libtarded illeagle aliens from ACORN will come marching to your neighborhood!!! There going to take us all to the reeducation camps and make you and you're grandbabies wear Chay Guevarro t-shirts and black buray hats with red stars!!!!!! If you don't believe me, just go to a blue state and see how they drive!!!! Empeach them all and succeed from the union before its to late!!!!!!! Have a nice day!

    April 29, 2010 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  8. Pkm

    I hope you leave the gop if you do not like running if you get lonely us dem will welcome you with open arms

    April 29, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  9. Anonymous

    You scumbag republicans are a disgrace to this country. You want to play god over all of the people in america and when someone disagree you kick them out your party. Crist tell that maggot to take a flying leep off the highest empire state building.

    April 29, 2010 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  10. thomas

    dont give it back !
    The NRSC isnt General Moters !

    April 29, 2010 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |

    They can ask, but Crist does not have to give it back. I wouldn't. A gift is a gift. Besides, the money has already been spent, I would argue.

    April 29, 2010 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  12. A Kickin' Donkey

    Predictable from spiteful Republicans .... too bad they aren't MAN ENOUGH to TELL WALL ST that we demand our money back !!

    April 29, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  13. Mike Mc

    Give em their rotten money back. If the GOP is hell bent on becoming a fringe right party because of the overwhelming influence of a bunch of bigoted rednecks, then co so be it. Good Luck Charlie Crist!!

    April 29, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  14. Cfrench

    Party before the people, that's what the republicans are all about. As a Floridian I'm going to do everything I can to help Charlie win this November.

    April 29, 2010 12:29 pm at 12:29 pm |
  15. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Give the money back Charlie. You don't need the GOP. If you run as an independant, you'll bring in alot more money anyway.

    April 29, 2010 12:34 pm at 12:34 pm |
  16. Bearced

    Give the money back and go win the general election! The only way to change the way Washington works is to have more senators that are not beholding to either party!!

    April 29, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |