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Crist woos Dems, won’t answer caucus question, explains Greer refund

by George Bennett | August 18th, 2010

COCONUT CREEK — Republican-turned-independent Gov. and U.S. Senate candidate Charlie Crist courted Democratic voters this morning — but wouldn’t say whether he’d align with Democrats or the GOP if he’s elected in November.

“I’m not answering that question, because I’ve said that I will caucus with the people of Florida,” Crist told reporters after speaking to a crowd of about 500 at the heavily Democratic Wynmoor retirement community.

Crist was introduced by Democratic state Rep. Ari Porth, who has endorsed him. Democratic state Sen. Jeremy Ring and Republican Broward County Sheriff Al Lamberti were also on hand, but said they have not made endorsements.

Crist recently refunded a $9,600 contribution from Jim Greer, the indicted former Republican Party of Florida chairman.

“He asked for it back, so I gave it to him,” said Crist.

But Crist said that doesn’t apply to anyone who asks for a refund.

Asked what was different about Greer, Crist said, “I think he really needed it.”

In his remarks, Crist touted his vetoes of an abortion ultrasound bill and a teacher merit pay law passed by the Republican legislature and bitterly opposed by Democrats. He also mentioned his work with former Democratic U.S. Rep. Robert Wexler on legislation requiring a ballot paper trail in Florida — an issue popular with Democrats after the 2000 election controversy.

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6 Responses to “Crist woos Dems, won’t answer caucus question, explains Greer refund”

  1. tom7001 Says:

    Thrasher,twice convicted of ethics violations, McCollum, and the rest of the republican boys tried to make an under the table deal with Greer. Crist called in the feds to straighten things out!

  2. RPOF Member Says:

    Crist Called the fed’s ? You sir are not only making things up you are delusional. Those of us that worked tirelessly to see Jim Greer removed were met with resistance at every turn my Two Faced Charlie. Nice try !

  3. CharLIE Did At Least make OUt like He was Calling For A Federal Says:

    RPOF Member ~ While I don’t like Charlie Crist and his kind of corrupt politician, it is you who are wrong! I’ll be the first to admit Crist probably called is friend Robert McNeil US Atty and said I’m going to make out like I’m asking you to investigate the RPOF for my political gain! I really don’t want you to do anything! Problem is Crist did contact the feds, if for no other reason to get the heat off of him and McCollum! McCollum covered up the corruption and flip floped and lied saying it was a private matter and no cirmes were being committed! He done so trying to stopp the rumors and complaints. Here is the link to the story about Charlie contacting the Feds!

  4. stuntmanmike Says:

    Give em hell Charlie!

  5. TIREDDEMO Says:

    Democrats are so dumb…what are you going to do when Crist is called for Greer’s case…he is the one that signed off on it….

    You are giving the race to Marco at the expense of your districts….SELL OUT

  6. Unreal Says:

    Yeh Charlie i want my donation back as well. Can you send it fedex because i need the money that BP isn’t paying me, and since the legislature doesn’t give a plug nickel about having a special session to give panhandle businesses some relief i would appreciate it. You already lost my vote Chuckie.

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