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Unpopular Former Republican Governor Endorses Unpopular Democrat President

Posted on | August 26, 2012 | 12 Comments

TAMPA, Florida
Charlie Crist, who lost the 2010 Senate campaign to Marco Rubio, publishes his endorsement on the editorial page of today’s Tampa Bay Times:

As America prepares to pick our president for the next four years — and as Florida prepares once again to play a decisive role — I’m confident that President Barack Obama is the right leader for our state and the nation.

“Corrupt” wouldn’t fit in the headline, but it’s not like we’ve forgotten all the shenanigans alleged against former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist by his former handpicked state party chairman, who has since been indicted on federal corruption charges. More importantly, however, Crist represents no constituency other than himself.

In the 2010 Senate election, Crist ran as a sore-loser independent after it became obvious Rubio would win the GOP nomination. Exit polls showed that not only did Rubio overwhelmingly win the Republican vote (87% to 12% for Crist), but Rubio also won among independent voters (51% to 38%). Charlie is an “independent” who doesn’t appeal to independents, and actually got most of his votes from Democrats.

UPDATE: Da Tech Guy was reminded of another sore loser, Dede Scozzafava, while Glenn Reynolds was reminded that, in September 2009, Charlie Crist was predicting that Obama would be a one-term president.


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  • PAcon12

    Looks like Romney just lost the Orange vote. Oh well, at least it was only one vote.

  • JeffS

    Looks Crist and Akins ought to get together for a beerfest.

  • John Bradley

    Hey RSM, you probably remember this: who were some of the Big Republican Names that came out in support of Crist over Rubio back in the day (Jeb? Rove? Some of the idiots at NRO?) I ask, because it’s important we never (even accidentally) listen to their advice ever again.

  • Arm The Homeless

    Actually Crist is far more popular here in Flora-Duh than Say Jeb!s last name or (p)Rick Scott. Which is probably why Scott doesn’t actually deign to speak to us unless safely ensconced with the Villages or a charter school. But on the bright side, Scott is only the sixth worst liked Gov. in the US, not the first, so Mittens does have that going for him.

    Who wants to bet that Rubio isn’t caught within 10ft of Scott on any stage this week, lest the stink of failure wash over him like a squall-pushed surf? I used to think this was going to be a tough campaign when Rubio was still in the VP mix. Now I just point and laugh at you idiots. See ya in Tampa!

  • richard mcenroe

    I smell 3rd Party Ticket!

  • PAcon12

    NRO endorsed Rubio in the Fall of the primary campaign. That doesn’t necessarily account for everyone there, but I don’t remover reading anything pro-Crist there after his support for the Stimulus.

    Besides that, let’s save the recriminations for December. Right now, we need every supporting voice we can get.

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  • K-Bob

    The Orange Party!

    I’m sure Crist can help Akin get his orange on.

  • Right Klik

    Let’s not forget Crist’s name the next time the brilliant minds of the GOP establishment mention Sharron Angle or Christine O’Donnell.

  • Bob Belvedere

    Why not Cryin’ John Boehner???

  • K-Bob

    Oh yeah, he’s a good fit for that group. A bit more olive than orange, but he often comes across as orange on the TeeVee.