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As Nan Rich heads to West Palm Beach, GOP offers her some Crist-ory talking points

by George Bennett | June 11th, 2013


Just in case Democratic gubernatorial candidate Nan Rich lacks material for her speaking gig tonight at a West Palm Beach Democratic Club meeting, Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry is offering her some lines of attack she can pursue against potential Democratic primary rival and former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist.


With polls showing fledgling Democrat Crist would defeat Republican Gov. Rick Scott in 2014, the state GOP has been painting Crist as a flip-flopper by issuing daily “This Date In Crist-ory” reminders of Crist’s Republican past.

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.”

11 Responses to “As Nan Rich heads to West Palm Beach, GOP offers her some Crist-ory talking points”

  1. bito63 Says:

    The Gop is giving pointers to a Dem? Goes to show their desperation to get Crist out of the picture because they don`t have a chance against him, Nan, Don`t pay any attention to them, They will turn on you so fast and use it against you, RETHUGLICANS lust for power and GREED, And will do and say anything to get it.

  2. Ziggy1 Says:

    Wow… The GOP is that scared of Crist?

  3. bito63 Says:

    Ziggy, YES THEY ARE.

  4. Downtown Danny Says:

    Broward County Dems are a cesspool of corruption – they wanted a payoff from her to speak and she refused – we need a new Gov desperately as Rick Scott is the biggest crook in history and would destroy the state if given another term – but Dems in Broward are already trying to buy the nimination for Crist.

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