Club for Growth Asks, “Will Crist Pull a Specter?”
Washington – Politicians often run for office saying they won’t raise taxes, but then quickly turn their backs on the taxpayer. This week, Florida’s one-term governor, Charlie Crist, proved he’s just another politician after pledging to oppose tax increases and then signaling his support for a massive tax hike. (“Crist says he’ll sign cigarette tax into law,” Fox 13 Tampa Bay, 5/20/09).
At the same time, Crist also said he would have voted in favor of President Obama’s unprecedented spending spree, joining then-Republican Senator Arlen Specter as one of only three Republicans in the entire Congress to support the so-called stimulus bill.
In light of his support this week for tax increases and massive federal spending, the Club for Growth would like to ask Governor Crist whether he would pledge that if elected to the Senate he would remain a Republican, and not follow fellow liberal Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic Party if he felt his political survival depended on it. (“Crist defends stimulus-bill support,” Orlando Sentinel, 5/19/09).
“Charlie Crist has shown he’s willing to say one thing and do another,” said the Club’s President, Chris Chocola. “Voters deserve to know just how far he’ll go for the sake of political expediency.”
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