RPOF’s latest Crist attack also puts Republicans Palin, Ayotte in blast areaby George Bennett | July 18th, 2013
Today’s Republican Party of Florida attack on Charlie Crist recycles a 2010 Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee web video that lumped then-Gov. Crist with Republicans Sarah Palin and Kelly Ayotte as politicians who betrayed voters by abandoning their jobs.
At the time of the Democratic ad, Crist was Florida’s Republican-turned-independent governor whose no-party Senate campaign was siphoning votes from Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek.
The Democratic ad likened Crist to Palin, who resigned in the middle of her term as Alaska governor in 2009, and Ayotte, who stepped down as New Hampshire attorney general in 2009 to pursue a successful 2010 Senate bid. Unlike Palin and Ayotte, Crist didn’t leave office mid-term to run for Senate, but he did pass up running for re-election.
“Of course the DSCC ad took shots at many Republicans,” RPOF spokeswoman Susan Hepworth said. “The difference is Charlie Crist is now a Democrat. So the question is really for national Democrats: Do they still stand by their attack that Charlie Crist is a quitter?”
With Crist considered a likely Democratic candidate for governor in 2014, the state GOP has been running daily “This Date in CRIST-ory” attacks focused on Crist’s not-too-distant past as a Republican and as a Democratic target.