As Crist heads to Palm Beach book signing, GOP recruits demonstrators, offers sign tipsby George Bennett | February 18th, 2014
As Republican-turned-independent-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist‘s book tour brings him to Palm Beach on Wednesday afternoon, the Republican Party of Florida is planning to offer conspicuous opposition.
Palm Beach County Republican Chairwoman Anita Mitchell this week sent an “Important” message to the party’s e-mail list seeking sign-waving demonstrators to show up outside the Classic Bookstore when Crist comes to sign copies of The Party’s Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat.
Mitchell’s e-mail is a copy of a message from RROF South East Regional Director Diana Ramos urging Republicans “to show him that no matter how blue Palm Beach may seem, he will encounter resistance.”
Ramos even offers messaging tips for the demonstrators:
“If you are interested in creating home-made signs, please use the following messages:
• Charlie Crist: Obama’s Favorite Democrat
• Charlie Crist: Obamacare’s Biggest Fan
• Charlie = Opportunist
• You Can’t Trust Charlie
• Failed Governor
• 3 Parties, 3 Years, Lousy Governor
• Charlie 2010 or Charlie 2014, Which One Do You Believe?”
With Crist leading Republican Gov. Rick Scott in the polls, Republicans have been engaging in aggressive bracketing of Crist’s appearances. RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry has attended several of Crist’s book-signings, but isn’t expected at the Palm Beach event.
“Charlie Crist is trying to get away with writing what’s basically a fictional book, getting a lot of free earned media,” said RPOF spokeswoman Susan Hepworth, who plans to be in Palm Beach. “When he goes to these markets, we’re not going to let him have a free ride.”