The Latest Outrage from Charlie Crist
posted at 8:08 am on November 18, 2009 by The Other McCain
The National Republican Senatorial Committee’s handpicked choice in the GOP primary decides to strike a tough-on-immigration pose by attacking Marco Rubio on the issue:
Buffeted by weeks of negative press and a newly threatening rival from the right, FL Gov. Charlie Crist’s (R) campaign will step up direct engagements with his opponent, insiders tell OnCall.
Crist will attack former FL House Speaker Marco Rubio (R), citing his rival’s failure to advance some conservative causes while leading the state House, for spending excessively while in the Speaker’s office and for dragging his feet on immigration legislation that many Republicans favored.
Politically, this attack makes no sense at all. First, Charlie Crist isn’t exactly Sheriff Joe Arpaio when it comes to immigration; the governor has been MIA on the immigration debate. Second, Rubio’s stated position on immigration puts him clearly in the conservative camp:
“Legal immigration has been a great source of strength and prosperity for America, but I believe illegal immigration threatens the foundation of this system. If I had been in the Senate at the time, I would have opposed the McCain-Kennedy bill. I believe we must fix our immigration system by first securing the border, fixing the visa and entry process and opposing amnesty in any reform.”