As Nan Rich heads to West Palm Beach, GOP offers her some Crist-ory talking pointsby George Bennett | June 11th, 2013
Curry and the GOP have also spent the last two weeks fanning the controversy over the Florida Democratic Party’s decision not to give Rich a speaking slot at Saturday’s annual Jefferson-Jackson dinner in Broward County.
Curry is melding the two campaigns today, highlighting Crist’s statement on this date in 2006 that a candidate’s rhetoric should be matched “with a record that proves that your rhetoric is real.” That’s inconsistent, the GOP argues, with Crist’s recent statement that if he runs for governor, the campaign will not be “about the past.”
With Rich speaking to the Democratic club, Curry’s memo says, “Your speech tonight is a perfect opportunity to point out some items in Crist’s record versus your consistent championing of liberal ideology.”
Curry’s memo provides Rich some free opposition research, mentioning Crist’s past descriptions of himself as a “Reagan Republican” and “pro-life’ on abortion and his past praise for former Gov. Jeb Bush‘s tax cuts.
Republicans would be happy to see Rich bash Crist at Democratic club meetings like tonight’s event, which begins at 7 p.m. at the Raindancer Steak House on Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard. And the GOP would be ecstatic if Rich did so in front of 1,000 party activists and donors at the party’s annual fundraising dinner.
“I hope you will get another opportunity to speak this coming Saturday, at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner,” Curry says in his memo to Rich. “We’ll continue to do all that we can to help you get on stage.”