When state Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, withdrew his support for Gov. Charlie Crist’s U.S. Senate bid Tuesday, he said the Crist campaign Web site appears to be telegraphing a Crist abandonment of the GOP in favor of an independent candidacy.
“This evening, as I reviewed your updated campaign website, I noticed a disheartening fact. Your website has eliminated all references to our Republican Party, or as you frequently refer to it, the party of Lincoln,” Grady wrote in a letter to Crist.
UPDATE: Our Mike Bender reports after using a data-monitoring service that no references to “Republican” have been removed from the Crist site. Grady hasn’t responded to a request to elaborate on his scrubbing claim.
There aren’t a lot of Republican mentions on the charliecrist.com site. But Crist spokeswoman Andrea Saul this morning denied Grady’s charge that GOP references have been “eliminated.”
Says Saul: “No Republican references have been scrubbed from our website, period.”
The “Meet Charlie” section of the site refers to Crist as a “common-sense conservative” without mentioning the R-word. And the “Voter Info” link refers to “the primary on August 24″ without specifying a party.
But if you look hard enough, there is some evidence on the site that Crist is a Republican.