Posts Tagged ‘Rubio’

Editorial: Do Congressmen Jerry Moran and Todd Tiahrt support John Cornyn’s effort to elect Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Editorial:

In the state of Florida, there is a national battle over the future of the Republican party.

Yesterday, The Washington Times wrote this about the primary race between Florida Governor Charlie Crist and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio:  “Florida a bellwether for rebranding.”

The Florida seat is an open one, with no incumbent.  Current Sen. Mel Martinez is retiring.  While Crist would like to pretend to be the incumbent, he is not.

In the Florida primary, it’s all about spending and taxing, issues that are not typically considered to be “controversial” issues with the Republican party of the past 25 years.  But, since about 1998, DC Republicans have gradually lost their way, so much so that party elites now consider higher taxes and wasteful spending to be mainstream; reformers are considered to be “too conservative.” Governor Crist represents the modern party only in the sense that modern party leaders are out of touch with the voters and have led Republicans into an unnecessarily small minority status in Washington. (more…)

Charlie Crist says this week he would have voted FOR Obama’s wasteful ‘stimulus’ bill

Thursday, May 21st, 2009

Orlando Sentinel:

Gov. Charlie Crist, now a U.S. Senate candidate, said Tuesday he would have made the “pragmatic” decision to vote for the $787 billion federal stimulus bill, differentiating himself from fellow-Republican opponent Marco Rubio and the man he is trying to replace – Mel Martinez.

Speaking to a politically mixed crowd in Daytona Beach, Crist emphasized his support for the bill as practical and pragmatic, though it would have meant crossing party lines. Only three Republican senators backed the stimulus bill, and Martinez wasn’t one of them.

Now Florida stands to get about $15 billion over the next two years through different stimulus grants.

“A lot of that $15 billion dollars you sent to Washington, D.C., and my view is we ought to get it back,” Crist told his audience. “Florida deserves her fair share.”

Race42012: let’s hope Crist doesn’t run for US Senate

Saturday, May 9th, 2009

Race42012:

Let’s hope that this amounts to a great deal of misdirection, as the party does not need a vicious primary battle between Crist and Rubio (the MSM will feast on the “infighting in the Republican Party”, and we can’t afford to squander Crist’s success in expanding the FL GOP’s reach).  With arguably the strongest potential candidate for the Dems, Alex Sink, opting to seek the governor’s office instead of the Senate, the party’s best interests lie in Good Time Charlie running for another term and Rubio having a clear path to the nomination for the Senate seat.