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Capitol crowd reaction to Charlile’s defection? Snickers

by Dara Kam | April 29th, 2010

Charlie Crist was surrounded by a crowd of cheering admirers in his St. Petersburg hometown when he announced he is dropping out of the GOP U.S. Senate primary.

On the fourth floor rotunda of the Capitol, not so much.

The rotunda’s typically a raucous swirl of frenzied last-minute activity on the penultimate day of the 2010 session,

But gone was the cacophony of just moments before as Crist’s tanned visage appeared on two large-screen televisions.

Dozens of lobbyists sat, stood with their arms folded or leaned against marble pillars watching the national broadcast of the governor’s decision.

The response? Utter silence, with one exception – when Crist said “I was never one who sought elective office to demagogue or point fingers.”

The rotunda broke out in snickers.

Nevertheless, the lobbying corps remained rapt throughout Crist’s speech and ignored the Senate session aired on two other large-screen televisions nearby.

“Who’d have ever thought when we were cutting up the Crist/Kottkamp bumper stickers we’d be throwing the Crist half away?” a long-time GOP insider said.

Many reacted with a yawn to Crist’s remarks.

“Nothing new there,” said lobbyist Tim Meenan, who’s spent about 30 years working in and outside of the Capitol.

“It’s more interesting than watching the legislature today. It’s kind of anti-climactic, don’t you think?” shrugged another long-time lobbyist Guy Spearman.

Even Sen. John Thrasher, chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, took Crist’s “defection” (Thrasher’s words) in stride.

“It is what it is. He’s gone. And we’re going to get about our business of moving ahead and electing other Republicans,” Thrasher, who wasn’t among those who watched Crist’s performance, said.

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8 Responses to “Capitol crowd reaction to Charlile’s defection? Snickers”

  1. MaryG Says:

    He’s in it for himself. He’d do anything, marry anyone, if he thought it would advance his political career.

  2. Ed Fulop Says:

    Proverbs 16:18

    Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before the fall.

    A man that puts his political career before guiding principles will have neither.

    Sorry, Charlie.

  3. Hmmm Says:

    Like any of the rest of them are in it for any reason other than themselves. Like John McCain married Cindy McCain for any reason other than how far up the GOP chain her money could buy him. Wasn’t this a group of lobbyists? Those who’s job it is to buy the legislature? If they’re a politician, then their motto is “scr*w the people, what’s in it for me?”

  4. R. Cramer Says:

    I used to be a Crist supporter, but his weasely action convinces me that support was sadly misplaced. He is certainly no Statesman but only the most self interested and Venal type of slimy politician. My own views are mostly middle of the road, and that is probably going to be most congruent with Crist’s positions in the eiection. However, I would find myself Gagging in the election booth if I tried to vote for him, I can’t support a man with no principles and I can’t trust a man who is demonstrably shifty and clearly only interested in himself. So long Charlie! I will look into the other candidates with an open mind, including Meek, don’t know that much about him except he is probably a good ways Left of my views, but will investigate. But Rubio seems to be an honest man of principle and good character, which is Rare in politics, now or at any other time. By the way, on the McCain comment above concerning his wife, alleging he only married Cindy for money. That’s a pretty cheap shot… Do you not have eyes? She is quite attractive even at her present age. But the money probably didn’t hurt, haha. I think unlike Crist however, that McCain has integrity. So anyhow…Sorry Charlie, you’re tuna in a beefsteak world…

  5. Alice Says:

    Charlie the empty suit with a tan is always thinking about himself and not the people and certainly not his supporters. We are all so much better off without this empty suit with a tan and right now he doesn’t even have an suit.

  6. Stan Says:

    “Ed Fulop”, well said!

  7. Arnold Says:

    Leviticus 20- 13 – If a man lies with a man as one lies with a woman, both of them have done what is detestable. They must be put to death; their blood will be on their own heads.

  8. Wendolyn Srnsky Says:

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