Another Crist embrace draws GOP angerby John Kennedy | August 2nd, 2012
Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist’s endorsement of Democratic U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson brought a swift reaction Thursday from the state GOP.
“Just when we though Charlie Crist couldn’t sink any lower, he’s surprised us once again,” Florida Republican Party Chairman Lenny Curry said in a news release condemning, “The Two Faces of Charlie Crist.”
Crist’s embrace of Nelson is expected to be completed Friday at an Orlando fund-raiser at the home of uber-trial lawyer, John Morgan, the former governor’s boss. Remember, it was Crist’s hug for President Barack Obama that sent his career as a Republican on a downward course.
Also attending the Nelson cash call will be former President Bill Clinton.
Crist’s shape-shifting, though, is getting the most attention. It’s widely talked of as a likely prelude to his reemerging as a Democrat and candidate for governor.
Republicans, though, are steamed, pointing out that Crist’s snub of Republican primary frontrunner Connie Mack IV comes despite the then-governor having endorsed Mack in his 2008 congressional race, contributing to his campaigns between 2004 and 2006, and backing Republican Katherine Harris over Nelson in 2006.
Crist’s biography also wouldn’t be complete without his homage to Mack’s father, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack III, for whom Crist worked as a state director.
”With his latest attempt to reshape himself, Charlie shows he is absolutely willing to betray anyone and everyone, including his own political mentor and longtime friend,” Curry said.
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