The Passion of the (Charlie) Crist
April 21, 2010
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Florida Governor and Senatorial candidate Charlie Crist is now officially mulling over an independent run for the United States Senate. And by all accounts today, will announce so in the not so distant future. This is an exercise is self-importance, self-preservation, and most important, self-exile.
On ABC-affiliate WFTS, the governor said, “I want to do what’s right for the people, first.” But what Mr. Crist actually means is that he wants to do what’s best for him politically in the short term.
What’s at issue here is a recent Quinnipiac University poll of a three-way race between an Independent Crist, Republican Marco Rubio, and Democrat Kendrick Meek where Crist edges out Rubio by 2 points – well within the margin of errors. But what if history repeats itself? Four months ago, polls showed Crist with a 30 point lead over Rubio in the GOP primary. Now Rubio is up 23 points.
And what’s to happen with all of that Republican (read: NRSC) money that has gone to Crist? I’m willing to put money on many of those contributors – many from out of state through the NRSC – will ask for their money back. That surely won’t bode well when it’s time to blitz the airwaves in the fall.
If Charlie Crist really wants to do what’s best for the people of the Sunshine State, he would withdraw his candidacy, endorse Marco Rubio, campaign for Rubio in the fall, and then start to organize for 2012 when Senator Bill Nelson is up for reelection.
So tell me, Charlie, are you more about the principles of limited government, or simply a doppleganger of Pennsylvania Senator Arlen Specter and more about the principle of getting elected?