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The Latest Outrage from Charlie Crist

posted at 8:08 am on November 18, 2009 by

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.”

Charlie Crist is feeling the heat for his support of President Obama’s stimulus, and also for his ties to accused Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

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“Crist” is becoming synonymous with “epic fail”.

tim c on November 18, 2009 at 8:19 AM

Crist is about to learn a vauluable lesson. When you agree to a fight you have to have something to work with. Crist is not a fighter so his campaign has nothing to work with from the start.

The Rubio campaign has thrown a HUGE “Right Hook” back at the Crist campaign by calling his bluff last night.

Nelsa on November 18, 2009 at 8:57 AM

Crist seems a RINO, keeping a sharp eye on Rubio. Trojan horse and all that..

frizzbee on November 18, 2009 at 10:05 AM

The Rubio campaign has thrown a HUGE “Right Hook” back at the Crist campaign by calling his bluff last night.

Nelsa on November 18, 2009 at 8:57 AM


TheAlamos on November 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

Rubio is the AntiCrist.

OhioCoastie on November 18, 2009 at 1:27 PM

TheAlamos on November 18, 2009 at 12:21 PM

LOL! That was the point…
Crist fears debates with Rubio because he knows that he would lose both the debate and the primary election.

When Jeb Bush and maybe even Palin endorse Rubio, Charlie will run for Gov again.

Nelsa on November 18, 2009 at 2:57 PM

The Republicans need to have a good look at Crist – it seems he has something to hide – think Iguana Room. The DNC have the goods on Crist. He is not a good candidate and could be a very big embarrassment.

maggieo on November 18, 2009 at 3:57 PM

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