April 29th, 2010
06:04 PM ET
13 years ago

Staffers resign in wake of Crist announcement

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/04/29/art.crist3.gi.jpg caption="Members of Charlie Crist's campaign staff announced Thursday they are resigning."]St. Petersburg, Florida (CNN) – At least three members of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist’s campaign staff resigned on Thursday shortly after Crist announced he is quitting the Republican Party and running for Senate as an independent.

Crist’s campaign attorney Benjamin Ginsberg, a veteran GOP legal player who advised both Bush-Cheney presidential campaigns and later Mitt Romney’s 2008 campaign, sent Crist his resignation letter moments after Thursday’s announcement.

Communications Director Andrea Saul and Press Secretary Amanda Hennenberg – the campaign’s main conduit to the media – also resigned their positions. Both Republicans moved to Tallahassee from Washington, D.C. to work for Crist’s Senate campaign.

“It has been an honor to work for Gov. Crist, and I wish him all of the best," Saul told CNN.

Saul is a veteran of Sen. John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign, the Republican National Committee and worked for Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

Hennenberg is also a veteran of the McCain campaign and previously served as a communications adviser to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky.

Filed under: 2010 • Charlie Crist • Florida
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Lieberman is an Independent but votes with Democrats and when he threw his support behind John McCain, Democrats didn't throw him to the curb as many would have liked. Crist is the better man and Republicans are just plain evil and I hope people will show them at the polls.

    April 29, 2010 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  2. Donnatella

    You did the right thing, the GOP sucks big time, they are a bunch of money hungry, racist, hateful selfish people, who would want to be a part
    of that, they suppose to work for the people, not big business.

    April 29, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  3. Michael

    Sorry Charlie...It's too fishy

    April 29, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  4. hjs3

    Always fun to watch rats abandon ship especially in the game of politics.

    April 29, 2010 07:20 pm at 7:20 pm |
  5. Nancy, CA

    Finally, a level-headed Republican (or should I say former Republican) who has the guts to stand up to the ultra conservative nut jobs who are running the Republican party at the present time!!!! If I were currently living in Florida, you would get my vote, Govenor Crist, and I'm a Democrat.

    April 29, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  6. Duane Bernard, Tucson, Az

    Nice group ..... the Republican Party! If you question the directions ... you're out! If you think for yourself ..... you're out! If you shake hands with anyone .... you're out. If you don't vote with the group .... you're out!
    I don't think normal US citizen would like to work or belong to an organization like that. Why vote for these people anymore?

    April 29, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  7. Mike in NYC

    The surnames of those three staffers have something in common, but my memory seems to be stopping short in my old age. Somebody give me a hand here.

    April 29, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Wilson in FL

    Ha ha. What a mess. My advice to fellow Floridians, if you are a Republican vote for Rubio. If you are a Democrat, vote for Crist.

    April 29, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Steve

    Lemme guess – they are afraid that they will be shot by some GOP/NRA members?

    April 29, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  10. Moderate

    Good move Charle! You have tried to govern – not stonewall, not obviscate, but govern all the people. This state is made up of different views but some how, you have remained your own man!

    My hats off to you!

    Good move

    April 29, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  11. Perry

    I'm a Democrat but I say "Drop the dead weight and burn your own path, Charlie!"

    April 29, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  12. Joe

    Even if he didn't switch to the democratic party, still makes him making a huge favor to Obama.

    April 29, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  13. emma

    Who cares. Christ made a good move and will have new campaign staffers, new backers and will be a powerful opponent to Rubio.

    April 29, 2010 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  14. Ready for 2012

    Good luck Charlie. I hope you win and can laugh in the faces of those who turned their back on you.

    April 29, 2010 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  15. cassamandra

    cnn, it's time to retire this photo - it's prejudicial and it's getting really really old. I don't see you guys running the least flattering pix of Palin or Obama, either.

    April 29, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  16. Mark Ferbet, KCMO

    There will be more Republicans bailing, so they can get jobs with other Republicans. So, this is the natural order of things. Crist will also be cleaning house, and finding both Democrats and Republican Moderates that support his bid, to come work for him. My prediction, he will be the next Senator from Florida. The Republican represents a small percentage of the state as a Conservative... and the Democrat is probably too liberal. Crist sets the right tone. He is an intelligent choice to go to Washington and help break the strangle hold the two parties have on Congress.

    April 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  17. Wade in Alabama

    What, are they scared of the Brownshirts coming after them for being associated with a defector of The Party? They'd better be ready to salute their new Leader! Heil, Rubio!

    They can ask the Arizonans how to say it right, they're already good at "Papers, Please!"

    April 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  18. Robert Graziani

    Good for Crist. I am a Democrat and I wilol be Voting for Charlie. His opponent Rubio used credit cards for personal uses. When he got caught, and only when he got caught, Rubio said. OK I got caught so I will pay the money back. Is that really the kind of person Floridians want in the Senate?

    April 29, 2010 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  19. dennis

    What aggrevates me is, he is just doing this to be vendictive over losing his Republican base, while invoking the name of our Lord and Savior who came to sit an example of servanthood, and acceptance in the face of "loss of favor".

    April 29, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  20. warp77

    Typical party of no response. These guys liket the party cannot see beyond the party itself. They don't serve the people, they only serve themselves and the GOP. I wonder if the GOP jumped off a bridge if they would follow? Unlike the majority of the party of no politicians, Crist was willing to hold to his principles and serve the people of Florida.

    April 29, 2010 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  21. Bluer than Blue

    Gov. Crist is doing this to save his sinking ship. Don't think it's gonna help him, and it won't help him become a presidential candidate. He is gay, or leans that way, and has been lying about it. Makes you wonder what else he's been lying about.

    April 29, 2010 07:48 pm at 7:48 pm |
  22. rdepontb

    Crist was a good man, and is a good man. Just because he doesn't like the mocking ways of the Tea Party, Limbaugh and Beck is no reason for anyone to desert him.

    These three are professional handlers, anyway, not people who have a deep fondness for any particular philosophy or politics. See ya, folks!

    April 29, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    i guess youre loyal to the party not the man who has the courage to stand on his own...what a bunch of losers and opportunists..typical GOP!! Good luck Mr Crist!

    April 29, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  24. bobby

    i guess youre loyal to the party not the man who has the courage to stand on his own...what a bunch of losers and opportunists..typical GOP!! Good luck Mr Crist!

    April 29, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  25. timz

    Marco Rubio fraudulently charged thousands of dollars of personal expenses to his GOP credit card while in office and these campaign staffers have Crist trailing by 20 points. I'm not sure how much they're going to be missed.

    April 29, 2010 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
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