Crist scrubs campaign site of pro-life support

posted at 1:36 pm on June 8, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

What does a man whose only political principle is his own survival do when attempting to distance himself from his former political party?  If you answered “go pro-choice,” then you get the Florida kewpie doll.  Charlie Crist has scrubbed his campaign website of its former support for the pro-life cause, but not quickly enough to keep Marco Rubio and Life News from noticing it:

In the latest development in the race for the open U.S. Senate seat in Florida, Governor Charlie Crist is coming under fire for removing the pro-life section of his campaign website. This comes on the day the legislature sent him a bill that would allow women to see an ultrasound of their baby before an abortion.

Crist has already hinted he will veto the legislation, which also allows Florida to opt out of some of the abortion funding under the new national health care law President Barack Obama signed.

That he would potentially veto a pro-life bill will broad support from voters is another indication of his strategy to leave the Republican Party and run as an independent.

Knowing he may veto the bill, the campaign of pro-life Republican candidate Marco Rubio informed LifeNews.com today that Crist’s campaign scrubbed his web site of a section touting Crist as a supposedly pro-life candidate.

In fact, Rubio got a screen cap from Crist’s site before the page disappeared:

On his Issues page, there is now no mention of abortion, pro-life, or anything at all.  A search for the term “sanctity” comes back with a Sorry, Charlie:

Interesting and revealing, isn’t it, that “sanctity” disappeared from Crist’s campaign at the same time he’s reinventing himself?  That’s not the only reinvention taking place, either.  The Sun-Sentinel notes that Crist has a new “openness to job-killing measure”:

Florida, like many other states, is hurting in a very challenging economic time. The state’s unemployment rate is 12 percent, and foreclosures have hit Florida hard. People are looking for work and trying to make ends meet. Small businesses — the backbone of Florida’s economy — are struggling to keep the lights on and doors open, not to mention meet payroll each week. While the reasonable expectation isn’t that government would create jobs, citizens and employers do believe that elected officials and those seeking public office should refuse to support policies that will result in additional job loss and increased unemployment.

Unfortunately, something as simple as saying no to job-killing legislation can become complicated when politics gets in the way. This appears to be the case for Florida’s governor and Senate candidate, Charlie Crist.

Recently, as Mr. Crist addressed the AFL-CIO, headlines emerged in Florida papers reading, “Crist: Open Ear About Employee Free Choice Act.”

Crist stated he would be “open” to a bill that would put 600,000 jobs at risk? The notion is disturbing, to say the least.

EFCA presents a number of problems for workers and small businesses in Florida and across the United States. Removing secret ballot elections and exposing workers to union boss intimidation with a card check system, EFCA would be a threat to worker rights. Yet, Big Labor bosses continue to promote it because they know that the Employee “Forced” Choice Act would make it much easier to force workers into unions where they are required to pay dues, which would fatten union coffers.

What’s a few jobs and a few lives when Crist has to worry more about his political future?


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Shamelessness, thy name is Crist.

JohnGalt23 on June 8, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Eh! What’s a few cell slumps ‘tween friends?

abobo on June 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

If this man was ever anything but flacid, he is more so now.

upinak on June 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

He got a late-term issue abortion.

RBMN on June 8, 2010 at 1:41 PM

Crist makes Specter seem honorable.

xkaydet65 on June 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

How this sob will get even a single vote, is beyond me. What a disgusting, worthless, dispicable excuse for a human being, and what a waste of skin. Even if it’s leathery, and cooked to well done!

capejasmine on June 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Who ever voted for this creep? What a schmuck.

search4truth on June 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Zero character.

And this guy could possibly win if Meeks drops.

The sooner he’s taken down, the better.

forest on June 8, 2010 at 1:42 PM

Crist is a great reason for RINO hunting. He would be doing the same thing in WDC but under a bipartisan way.

jukin on June 8, 2010 at 1:44 PM

Charlie ‘Windsock’ Crist

GnuBreed on June 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

What’s a few jobs and a few lives when Crist has to worry more about his political future?

Yep.

JetBoy on June 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Anyone who votes for this disgrace who isn’t a union hack, welfare recipient, or someone eager to torpedo Rubio’s career before it takes off is certifiable. Crist is running so far to the left, he’s making Meek look like a conservative(which I can only assume is intentional).

Doughboy on June 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Its beginning to look like maybe the (I) is going to change to (D) in the future. The chameleon will always go back to the color that makes him feels the safest.

If Floridians elect this POS they deserve everything that comes raining down on them.

belad on June 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Florida being a “Right to Work” state is one of a few good things to attract business. Mr. Crist is an idiot.

Cindy Munford on June 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

This worthless piece of crap gives bad name to the other worthless pieces of crap in the sewer.

NoDonkey on June 8, 2010 at 1:47 PM

It was always all about me me me …

Just like the now defunct Specter.

tarpon on June 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Yep.

JetBoy on June 8, 2010 at 1:45 PM

Have you given up on Charlie?

upinak on June 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Cindy Munford on June 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

“Right to work” will be replaced by “Right to be represented by Guido Gambino”.

Youse gotta problem wit dat?

NoDonkey on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Have you given up on Charlie?

upinak on June 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM

That’s putting it mildly. But I didn’t give up on Charlie, he gave up on his GOP supporters.

JetBoy on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

I can’t believe that this man can keep up the charade until November. The Rubio campaign commercials are writing themselves every day, this being a prime example.

Now, if for nothing else but a revenge campaign, the NRSC needs to really flood the state media with reminders of Crist the Republican and Crist the newly liberated, whatever he thinks he is.

He doesn’t believe in anything but himself.

If this is the theme of a series of well made ads pointing this out over the summer and fall, I don’t see how Rubio can lose.

The next live TV debate ought to be really fun.

Rubio can contrast what he said on the FOX News Sunday debate with what he says now, and he’s worse than John F’n “Windsurfer” Kerry.

I will so enjoy this creep’s demise.

Another thing.

Look for a gratuitous insulting snarky personal attack on Sarah Palin before long.

Democrats love those.

Brian1972 on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Speechless. Utterly. This man believes in nothing but himself. It’s near-pathological.

Slublog on June 8, 2010 at 1:50 PM

Can Crist really have that low an opinion of his potential for a career after politics that he has to degenerate this much as a man?

Dusty on June 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

Too many of these politicians are in it for themselves and themselves alone. They just pick the side that gives them the best chance to win based on local conditions. The don’t give a rat’s arse about the country or the people. They only care about themselves.

TheBigOldDog on June 8, 2010 at 1:51 PM

I was surprised he had it up this long. It’s been a while since the switch. It’s not surprising: He’s always been pro-choice but only changed three years ago when running for gov.

My guess is that he’s scrubbed a lot of areas on the site; they should check the fiscal issues since he tried to get the AFLCIO endorsement.

TimTebowSavesAmerica on June 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

“Hi, I’m Charlie Cirst. On election day I hope you’ll vote for me because the only jobs I am open to creating are at Planned Parenthood.”

myrenovations on June 8, 2010 at 1:52 PM

If Floridians elect this POS they deserve everything that comes raining down on them.

belad on June 8, 2010 at 1:46 PM

Crist has given Rubio [and maybe Meek] 16-inch battleship ammunition with which Rubio can destroy him. If Rubio can’t paint Crist as the biggest waffler since John F’in Kerry climbed to the podium at the 2004 Dem convention, then Rubio deserves to lose.

fiatboomer on June 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

I swear this guy must leave a trail of slime everywhere he goes.

The fact that this guy has any support makes me shake my head in disgust.

gophergirl on June 8, 2010 at 1:53 PM

What a disgrace.

nickj116 on June 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Anyone who votes for Crist is completely corrupt.

tetriskid on June 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Look for a gratuitous insulting snarky personal attack on Sarah Palin before long.

Democrats love those.

Brian1972 on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Nice prognostication. Let’s see if Crist goes there.

fiatboomer on June 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM

Rubio ad:

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, you can’t trust Crist.

FloatingRock on June 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Rubio ad:

One thing pro-lifers have in common with or pro-choicers is that Crist can’t be trusted.

FloatingRock on June 8, 2010 at 1:57 PM

It’s pretty amazing to have the evidence of someone’s inconstancy right under your nose like this.

disa on June 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

Forget Palin. When’s Blagojovitch gonna endorse him?

lm10001 on June 8, 2010 at 1:58 PM

When you look up ‘sleazeball’ in the dictionary, you’ll see crist’s picture next to it.

cmsinaz on June 8, 2010 at 1:59 PM

What’s he trying to do out-Specter Arlen?

rbj on June 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

[FloatingRock on June 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM]

Just leave the issue blank. Floridians would be right regardless of what filled the blank with.

Dusty on June 8, 2010 at 2:01 PM

Shouldn’t the portion under CONTRIBUTE state: With your support, along with the money I refuse to refund to Republican donors, we can win!!!!!!

atlgal on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Confirming what I always knew about Charlie (and I do personally know him).

stenwin77 on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

You’re better off voting for Meeks. At least Meeks stands for something.

tetriskid on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Funny thing is had I never heard of him, I would be amazed that a short couple months ago, this guy was trying to win the Republican ticket as a conservative. LOL

jeffn21 on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

BREAKING:

Another possible oil leak from another BP rig 100 miles away from where the deep water horizon sunk. Just reported on foxnews.

milwife88 on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Rubio ad:

Whether you’re pro-life or pro-choice, you can’t trust Crist.

FloatingRock on June 8, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Got that right. This is no ordinary flipflop. What kind of person is pro-life because he believes in the “sanctity of life” etc, and then bags it for political expediency? Either he was lying about being pro-life before, or he’s willing to set his most basic morals aside in his own political self-interest.

Total scumbag.

forest on June 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

The Suncrist Ditherer strikes again!

Doorgunner on June 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

BREAKING:

Another possible oil leak from another BP rig 100 miles away from where the deep water horizon sunk. Just reported on foxnews.

milwife88 on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

Good Lord.

forest on June 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

Crist – classic example of all that’s wrong with lifetime politicians.

SCUM

jake-the-goose on June 8, 2010 at 2:06 PM

Being independent does not mean you have throw away your convictions. You are either pro-life or you are not. And if you were just pretending to be, its better that the voters know it now rather than in November.

Sorry Charlie, your time is up!

texasconserv on June 8, 2010 at 2:07 PM

What you CAN find on Crist’s website: glorious, full color photos of the “I Love Obama” tattoo Crist just got on his back.

Bishop on June 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Hi I’m Charlie Crist, and I am pro ___________ (insert your issue here).

Pandermonium!

Chimp 6 on June 8, 2010 at 2:09 PM

forest on June 8, 2010 at 2:04 PM

No sh!t huh? According to the report BP was “unaware” of the leak but aireal photos showed a big ship “apparently” spraying disperant on the slick that is visable from satelite. They (BP) is now saying that the rig is in the process of “fixing” damage from hurricane Ivan. So it is taking over 6 years to fix the damage? No wonder this disaster is so out of conrol. They can’t even fix something on a rig or well that happened 6 “F”ing years ago?

milwife88 on June 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Look for a gratuitous insulting snarky personal attack on Sarah Palin before long.

Democrats love those.

Brian1972 on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

Nice prognostication. Let’s see if Crist goes there.

fiatboomer on June 8, 2010 at 1:54 PM

He will. It will either be the next time Sarah says something nice about Rubio publicly, or it will just come out of nowhere for no reason.

He will go Olberdueche on her one way or the other.

Remember how the DNC hack that parachuted into Mass for Coakley’s failing message operation did the very same thing right away?

He thought he had a gold mine, to force Scott Brown into embracing Palin and alienating indies and Dems, or reject her and alienate the Tea Party types.

Once he does it, and it looks cheap as it certainly will, then Rubio has footage of him on stage with her from 2008 when he endorsed McCain-Palin.

It is a bear trap he will walk right into, because he will become more desperate over the next couple of months.

Brian1972 on June 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Charlie Crist: Fetuses are a liability when you are trying to woo Liberals.

Mr. Joe on June 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Crist is morphing into a Democrat.

bw222 on June 8, 2010 at 2:13 PM

That’s putting it mildly. But I didn’t give up on Charlie, he gave up on his GOP supporters.

JetBoy on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

STFU and get to munching on that hat of yours…

JohnBG on June 8, 2010 at 2:15 PM

The state’s unemployment rate is 12 percent

Always room for one more, Chuckie

GrayDog on June 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Politically, this is perfect. This will end his chances of getting any pro-life votes, but a good chunk of the pro-choicers won’t trust him so they’ll vote for Meek.

BuzzCrutcher on June 8, 2010 at 2:16 PM

Two questions:

What job are the Dems/WH offering Meeks to bow out?

When will Crist officially change parties to Democrat?

inmypajamas on June 8, 2010 at 2:17 PM

Crist also changed his position on oil drilling in the Gulf.

I got a screen cap of his previous position and his new “revised” position and posted it on Sunday.

Crist must be one of the most unprinciple “Former” Republicans that I have ever witnessed.

Nelsa on June 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM

Wow, every time I see that grin of his now, I think of a used car salesman.

Ward Cleaver on June 8, 2010 at 2:21 PM

A search for the term “sanctity” comes back with a Sorry, Charlie

Thanks so much, Ed…you’ve turned me against Charlie the Tuna.
Seriously, this guy would sell his own mother for a vote.

HornetSting on June 8, 2010 at 2:23 PM

BREAKING:

Another possible oil leak from another BP rig 100 miles away from where the deep water horizon sunk. Just reported on foxnews.

milwife88 on June 8, 2010 at 2:03 PM

You have GOT to be kidding!

gophergirl on June 8, 2010 at 2:24 PM

Have you given up on Charlie?

upinak on June 8, 2010 at 1:48 PM
That’s putting it mildly. But I didn’t give up on Charlie, he gave up on his GOP supporters.

JetBoy on June 8, 2010 at 1:49 PM

File this under last to know, JetBoy….

HornetSting on June 8, 2010 at 2:26 PM

So there is no Florida primary for this seat now, right?

It will be the three of them, Rubio, Crist and Meeks?

Jvette on June 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

What you CAN find on Crist’s website …….. full color photos of the “I Love Obama” tattoo Crist just got on his back.

Bishop on June 8, 2010 at 2:08 PM

Tramp Stamp

Jerome Horwitz on June 8, 2010 at 2:33 PM

Drinking game: Charlie Crist and “Washinton is broken.”. That’s his catch phrase for any of his current behavior. “Washington is broken”. I’m
warning you.

Marcus on June 8, 2010 at 2:36 PM

Charlie Crist: Fetuses are a liability when you are trying to woo Liberals.

Mr. Joe on June 8, 2010 at 2:10 PM

Bart Stupak concurs.

ted c on June 8, 2010 at 2:56 PM

Once this tool is disposed of in Nov, he will not be in the picture for ’12. He’s the poster boy image for exactly what’s wrong with DC.

Kissmygrits on June 8, 2010 at 2:58 PM

And when Pilate ask Him why he came – he replied that he came to bring the truth – God knew that we needed it. He also knew that mony of us don’t want to hear it.

Today’s Mass reading is appropriate;

“Psalms 4:2 O men, how long shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?”

But that’s just for Bible thumpers I guess.

Don L on June 8, 2010 at 3:02 PM

Compared to Crist, a blob of protoplasm appears more principled.

Edouard on June 8, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Obviously he is shooting for full DemocRat Party support by showing that he has no scruples. Since he can be proven thru-&-thru to be a flip-floppin’ g-droppin’, lyin’ sack of excrement, he’s gotta be lookin’ more attractive to the ‘Rats. Watch for the Meeks to inherit the boot, and Crist to rise to the top of the Floriduh ‘Rats.

That’ll be fun…

ornery_independent on June 8, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Specter/Crist 2012

nico on June 8, 2010 at 4:10 PM

So there is no Florida primary for this seat now, right?

It will be the three of them, Rubio, Crist and Meeks?

Jvette on June 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

No, there will still be a ‘Rat primary. Meeks is being challenged by gazillionaire Jeff Greene, a guy who got filthy freaking rich by the tanking of the housing market.

/sure wish I knew how to do that…

ornery_independent on June 8, 2010 at 4:14 PM

So there is no Florida primary for this seat now, right?

It will be the three of them, Rubio, Crist and Meeks?

Jvette on June 8, 2010 at 2:27 PM

I think Meek has a primary challenger, Jeff Greene.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Senate_election_in_Florida,_2010

JohnBG on June 8, 2010 at 4:15 PM

I need to sign up for updates from the Crist family, er, campaign…so I know when he is coming back to town. Then I need some good opposition slogans…how about….

“Marco Rubio is The anti-Crist!”

or

“Hey Charlie, is the oil spill helping you to grease your positions?”

/submissions welcome…

ornery_independent on June 8, 2010 at 4:23 PM

I got a finger in the wind for Charlie.

Wade on June 8, 2010 at 4:24 PM

I can’t believe I voted for this Moron in ’06. At least he’s being transparent in one respect…He’ll clearly do anything to stay in political office.

Schmo on June 8, 2010 at 4:25 PM

If he’s so horrible, why does he seem to be winning in most of the recent polls?

Jimbo3 on June 8, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Rubio is so going to win this election…!

Jenfidel on June 8, 2010 at 6:15 PM

If he’s so horrible, why does he seem to be winning in most of the recent polls?

Jimbo3 on June 8, 2010 at 5:25 PM

Admiration or another feeble attemp to ruffle feathers. I’m trying to imagine what one might admire about this two-faced professional politician. He certainly is no leader or statesman.

hawkdriver on June 8, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Crist is a worthless piece of crap? Even real crap can be used as fertilizer.

Pelayo on June 8, 2010 at 7:32 PM

Due. This entire race basically keeps answering my rhetorical question: Can politics get any worse and cynical than it already is?

Yes, actually, it can.

Rightwingguy on June 8, 2010 at 8:57 PM

Another soul being sold to the Devil… Awful.

pannw on June 9, 2010 at 1:14 AM

The only thing stunning about any of this, Ed, is the fact that the Sun Sentinel actually ran that opinion piece trashing the EFCA.

Gator Country on June 9, 2010 at 7:17 PM