Florida Republicans hammer Crist for switch
September 4th, 2012
11:26 AM ET
10 years ago

Florida Republicans hammer Crist for switch

(CNN) – Florida Republicans are taking to the airwaves to hammer their state's former GOP governor for his speaking slot at the Democratic National Convention, the Republican Party of Florida announced Tuesday.

The group's ad features old news clips of former Gov. Charlie Crist proclaiming his conservative credentials, including praising President George W. Bush and Sarah Palin, saying he was "about as conservative as you can get."

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After leaving office, Crist ran for U.S. Senate unsuccessfully in 2010, first as a Republican and later as an independent. He has practiced law in Florida since his Senate loss and switched his party affiliation to no party affiliation.

Last week Crist endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election, writing that Republicans have "failed to demonstrate the kind of leadership or seriousness voters deserve." He is scheduled to speak at this week's Democratic convention, taking place in Charlotte.

"If many Democrats thought Clint Eastwood's speech was a bit odd, wait till they see Charlie Crist – a man who has built his career bashing virtually everything President Obama and the Democrats stand for, including the President's spending programs and ObamaCare – debate himself," Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry wrote in a statement.

"Charlie Crist may try to use the Democrats' national convention as his latest attempt to shed his political skin, but the RPOF intends to make sure the people of Florida and the nation remember his words and record," he added.

The group said the ad would air on cable in Florida beginning Tuesday, and would run through Friday. They also added that an online campaign would accompany the television spot.

soundoff (35 Responses)
  1. ge

    the republican party needs to be burned down to the foundation ,rebuild minus rove and the koch brothers

    September 4, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  2. ghostriter

    SO how is Mitt gonna debate himself? Not only has he been for and against just about every issue at different times, but has to reconcile before and against issues depending on who introduces the issues. For instance, he is against the Dream Act, but for Rubio's immigration plan which is nearly identical. Or Romneycare vs. Obamacare.

    I wonder how republicans keep up with all this. They can't know what to be for or against. Not until they are told anyway.

    September 4, 2012 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  3. Rudy NYC

    Laverne wrote:

    The Dems did not act like this last week when Arthur Davis spoke at their convention. As a matter of fact, the Dems could care less and he did not make an impact anyway
    Democrats did not get bent out of shape over Davis because most felf pity for the man. He had taken a political risk by running for governer and lost. He short-sightedly blames lack of support from the White House for his poor fund raising efforts in his own home state. Davis doesn't realize that the right wing doesn't trust turncoats, and that they will kick him to the curb just as soon as his potential for being useful has worn out, which means Election Day.

    September 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  4. AnnsTheMan!

    Didn't Mr. Davis just kick off your convention? I don't recall the Democrat's attacking him with an online campaign and a week of videos on local TV. We just all collectively said "what a chump!" and went on about our days...

    Now Crist is doing the same thing, and I see some GOPs out there with two 2×6's and some nails talking about "a warning to other potential defectors"..

    September 4, 2012 12:38 pm at 12:38 pm |
  5. Sharon

    Hey GI Joe,
    You are absolutely correct. People who have been in private business and think that they can come into the public sector thinking that they have all the right answers are wrong. Ask any economist. They are two different concepts. One is good for the people and the other is good for the economic interest of the business w/o considering the human interest which goes into the business. You have to have heart and feeling for what is right and good for the people which Scott does not have. If Gov. Scott had heart, he would not have reaped all the income from Medicare in which he was accused of doing. There is no heart there. He is symbolic of the Republic party–get what they can–and leave.

    September 4, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  6. Joi Gibson

    Oh please. Florida Republicans are the last people who should be making comments about anything. They are the worst, with Tricky Ricky leading the pack. I still cannot get over the fact these people are in office. They make my state look bad in the eyes of others – and that is not a perception we as Floridians should want to impart to others. Charlie Christ was a actually pretty good governor. I don't blame the man – who wants to be associated with Governor Scott.


    September 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  7. Paul_I

    It has been clear for a long time that the Republicans will eat their own if there is the slightest hint on nonconformity. The unsuspecting were unaware that their invitation into the GOP big tent was not for them to have lunch but to be lunch. Kudos to Cheney and Rove for ushering us into this new era. We must acknowledge that the approach has been good for the party by effectively blocking any legislation that is not good for the party. Good for America is not a consideration.

    September 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  8. Ev

    Actually we are poor and that's why I am supporting Mitt!! Good try! That's my very sincere opinion! I don't care that much about money but i do love America and we really need him! Just hope everyone will give him a chance. He's my Hope for the change to Believe in!

    September 4, 2012 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  9. lolo

    The republicans know that they kicked this man out because he did not agree with their nonsense. This party is eating their own so fast they can't keep up with what they did or did not do. Just pitiful. Either way the GOP has lost any credibility as far as I am concerned. They have the candidates for VP and president lying through their teeth everyday. Romneyhood running from his past and Ryan forgetting about what he did in the past and making things up as he goes along. What a pair.

    September 4, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |

    Just hope everyone will give him a chance.
    I wouldn't even give him a chance in hell. I'm not trusting the Presidency to a man who keeps his money in Swiss Bank Accounts, Luxebourg Accounts and has a shell company in the Caymans. Really? He can't even keep his money here in America. What makes you think he'll keep YOUR JOB here in America???

    September 4, 2012 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
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