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Crist: AFL-CIO endorsement ‘would have been nice’ but…

by Dara Kam | May 24th, 2010

Gov. Charlie Crist, now an independent U.S. Senate candidate, said he doesn’t think not getting the AFL-CIO’s endorsement will hurt him, but “it would have been nice.”

The AFL-CIO, the state’s largest labor union, endorsed U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek, a Democrat, this weekend although Florida’s teachers’ union broke with tradition and co-endorsed Meek and Crist.

Big labor’s snub won’t hobble his campaign, Crist said this morning.

“I don’t think at all. It would have been nice, obviously, that’s why I went there. But I was awfully proud and pleased to get the teachers’ support. It’s all about getting the support of the people,” Crist said, repeating his ubiquitous “people” mantra.

Crist, who wooed the unions at their annual meeting this weekend, said he’d welcome the support of other groups, including environmentalists such as the Sierra Club, of which he said he is a member.

“You know my style. I’ll take help from anyone who’s willing to give it and cares about Florida like we do. That’s what it’s about,” Crist said.

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5 Responses to “Crist: AFL-CIO endorsement ‘would have been nice’ but…”

  1. Lori Says:


  2. tom7001 Says:

    With the disclosures of Rubio’s tax forms, its obvious Rubio sold out his position as Speaker of the House. The millions of taxpayer dollars funneled to F.I.U, Jackson hospital, and the tollway deal, Then getting consulting fees, and work from these outfits! The old republican “wink, wink, nod,nod” type business as usual! Feathering his own nest, at the taxpayers expense. I will vote for Crist.
    Rubio’s flip flop on arizona law, “drill, baby, drill” attitude, and social security cutting program will be his demise!

  3. comb over Says:

    When the time draws near and dems. realize Meeks can not win and detest Rubio so much, they’ll switch to Crist. Moderate GOP will become (if not already) dismayed by and even embarrassed by Rubio, so they’ll switch to Crist. I’m of the latter. Crist will win by a few % pts.

  4. Denny R. Wood Says:

    Frankly, I really believe that the endorsement is moot. Why? Maurice Ferre, with less than $200,000, polled 4% a couple weeks ago. In the recent poll published Sunday he polled 10%. People with disabilties are rallying and intend to block vote for Maurice Ferre. Both Meek and Ferre are from Miami-Dade County. We know the negative baggage that the Meek family carry, and the positives that Maurice Ferre has. No scandals, years and years of public service and a person with a fine mind, well read and knowledgable about leading in government. The last time people with disabilties block voted was to elect Graham as Governor. It was a sweet payback for three consecutive years of Graham helping to pass our disability laws. Now, here we come again, our numbers are over 20% of the Florida population.

  5. whasup Says:

    Crist says:

    “You know my style. I’ll take help from anyone who’s willing to give it …”

    Just like all that help he gets being flown around the state by his big developer “friends” and that help he likes to take from his criminal lawyer buddies.

    Yep, Shucking Chuckles, we know your style. It sucks.

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