Hasner to Crist: “Ideology is not a four-letter word”by George Bennett | March 3rd, 2010
“Ideology” was a bad word in Gov. Charlie Crist’s State of the State address, which called on lawmakers — and, indirectly, Republican voters in this year’s U.S. Senate primary — to elevate “problem-solving” over rigid adherence to ideological positions.
“During these very difficult economic times, we do a disservice to the people who elected us – the people who are counting on us – to elevate ideology over problem-solving,” Crist said.Embracing a $787 billion Democratic stimulus plan, which has damaged Crist in his GOP primary race against former House Speaker Marco Rubio, was cited by Crist as an example of choosing a path “more helpful to Floridians than engaging in hollow ideological posturing that achieves nothing.”
House Majority Leader Adam Hasner, R-Boca Raton, took issue with Crist’s stigmatizing of the I-word.
“I’m as much of a problem solver as anybody else in the legislature or anybody else who serves. But I come to solve problems based on my principles, based on the beliefs that I hold and that the people elected me to come and carry out,” Hasner said afterward.
“I think the governor tried to suggest that ideology is a bad thing and my response to that is that ideology is not a four-letter word. I don’t let my ideology get in the way of solving problems…I bring my ideology to the table in order to present my case, in order to know what I believe in.”
In urging lawmakers to approve a Seminole gaming compact, Crist suggested that some oppose the compact because they find gambling “distasteful.” But Crist said people gamble anyways and the pact will raise needed revenues.
“Approving the compact is but one example of elevating problem-solving over ideology,” Crist said.
But Hasner accused the governor of falsely characterizing the position of the compact’s opponents.
“There hasn’t been an ideological divide between us and the governor on gambling. It has been an issue quite simply of the fact that the deal terms have not been negotiated in the best interests of the people of the state of Florida. It’s an issue of the deal terms. It has not been an issue of us saying gambling is bad and it’s immoral,” Hasner said.
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