Marrrrcooo~ RUBIO!!! Orange Crush is finished.
Update 2: The Hill has a breakdown of the charges which include grand theft, fraud and money laundering.
Update: Orlando Sentinel has more:
…The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has scheduled an 11:30 press conference.
Greer resigned from the party in January, under fire for lavish spending and for an undisclosed fundraising contract that paid him and his executive director, Delmar Johnson, $199,000 in 2009. According to the RPOF, $125,000 of that went to Greer. New party chair John Thrasher had requested an investigation of the deal, and Attorney General Bill McCollum turned the case over to FDLE….
oh boy. This is the joker who Crist put in there who resigned after trying to ‘help’ Charlie by releasing Marco’s credit card records…FOX broke it but no word on the charges yet…is it possible this is why Holder shunned the FL A.G. yesterday? (he met with MISS LA AL AGs but not FL) I dunno.
We support Marco for this seat. He is our ‘first’ conservative :0)
I have long thought Charlie Crist and Jennifer Granholm are on the’ favor’ list for Team O as they helped block revotes in FL and MI in the Democratic primary.
Granholm keeps listing herself as a possible SCOTUS pick and Charlie apparently has been trying to call the WH and get an Ambassadorship or perhaps confirmation that Obama and the DNC would not help Meeks too much and let Charlie have the Senate seat in FL…
Marc Ambinder reports:
Charlie Crist, soon to be independent Senate candidate from Florida, tried to reach White House chief of staff Emanuel through intermediates. WH refuses to take the call. Dems plan big talent/money blitz for Kendrick Meek.
What’s Crist up to? Might he be interested in cutting a deal to caucus with the Democrats if they chase Meek from the field?
Who knows? But the most plausible path to victory for Crist is if Meek backs him. That’s a real possibility, I think, later in the game if Rubio and Crist are each getting about 40% in the polls and Meek is getting about 20%. But, as voters get to know the lesser-known Rubio and Meek, it’s probably more likely they emerge as the frontrunners and Crist fades as election day approaches….
Of course O and Rahm aren’t taking Charlie’s calls and even if they were, O has lost his cache, especially in Florida where they hate the health care bill more than most of America.
Marco is going to kick Charlie’s axx come November….it will be sweet schadenfreude for this Hill supporter and Rubio fan!
Mitt endorses Rubio, finally! :0) I want pics…
NRO Corner has good interview and discussion of what MiM considers his imminent announcement of an Indy run:
…In recent days, rumors have swirled in Florida over whether Crist will abandon his primary campaign against Rubio, either to drop out or to run as an independent. Polls show Crist potentially beating Rubio as an independent candidate in a three-way race — so does Rubio want Crist to stay in the GOP primary? “I actually, to be quite frank, really don’t even think a lot about it in those terms,” Rubio says. “To me, the race is about going to Washington, D.C., standing up to Obama’s agenda, and offering an alternative. As far as I’m concerned, I’m the only one in this race that will do that. That’s why I got in it when no one thought I could win. Whether it’s Charlie Crist or Kendrick Meek (the probable Democratic nominee), both have been supporters of the Obama agenda, so the race doesn’t really change from my perspective. It’s still about the same things, and still I’m the only one in the race that will stand up to the Obama agenda and offer a clear alternative.”
Does Crist still have a place in the GOP? Romney says he does. “He has a place in the party, because he’s still in the primary,” he says. “I hope that he either continues in the primary, or, if he concludes that he does not want to remain in the primary, steps aside and helps to unite the party behind Marco Rubio.” And if Crist plays his cards right, Romney believes he will have a future in Republican politics. “Down the road, or in other spots, he may well find a place where he can make a real contribution. He helped to build the Republican party in Florida, and he certainly wouldn’t want to be one of those who want to detract from it.”..
Emphasis mine, I think that is Romney offering a nice spot to Charlie in ’12 or on his ’12 campaign staff if he will drop his Indy run…code for, hey if I get the primary spot in ’12 you won’t be on my coattails if you screw the party..but Crist is one of those with no loyalty whatsoever or he wouldn’t have pulled a ‘Bill Judas Richardson aka Arlen Benedict Specter’ on Rudy when he flipped his backing to MAC with no notice now would he?
Hotline reports that Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas) called Gov. Charlie Crist to urge him not to run as an independent in the Florida Republican Senate primary. Crist did not answer the phone, and has reportedly not returned the call.
Gov. Charlie Crist is making two appearances in the Tampa Bay area Monday, including a stop at his high school alma mater.
Crist, praised by teachers for vetoing a controversial bill last week that sought to tie teacher pay to student performance, stops at St. Petersburg High at 12:30 p.m. The governor will address the school in the auditorium and may take questions from the audience, which will include students.
And here Rubio demonstrates how to handle the fact that Romney helped implement a UHC system in Mass, it is very simple and I do not understand all the flustered GOP speak about Romney not able to ‘defend’ it in ’12, don’t let Dems frame the topic, sheesh:
…Rubio has spent much of his campaign focused on health care. Is he a fan of Romney’s Massachusetts health-care plan? “It’s a work in progress,” Rubio says, speaking of the Bay State program.
“There are major distinctions between that and what Obama is trying to do in Washington. For one, it didn’t raise any taxes. Number two, it is not adding to our deficit. That is my biggest objection to Obamacare, although there are many others. My number-one objection to Obamacare is that we can’t afford it, even if it was the greatest idea in the world.”
“Florida and Massachusetts are very different places,” Rubio continues. “All I would say to you is that states were designed to be laboratories for creative thoughts and ideas. That’s what the Framers of our great republic intended. They wanted the states to be the places that came up with innovation and competition. And I’ll tell you what, if Massachusetts gets it wrong and Florida gets it right, people will move to Florida, and businesses will move to Florida, and vice versa. There are just major distinctions between what’s happening in Washington and what I hope states will do. Like I said, what I’m not in favor of is what Barack Obama has done, which is to raise taxes and add to the federal deficit in exchange of taking a step toward a single-payer system in America.”
Free and Strong America, Romney’s PAC, is contributing the maximum $5,000 allowed to Rubio’s campaign. In 2006, Romney, then head of the Republican Governors Association, traveled to Florida to support Crist’s gubernatorial candidacy with a $1 million check. In light of that history, Rubio says, Romney’s endorsement is “another boost” for his campaign….
Since people are all ‘wee weed up’ about how to handle MASS UHC in ’12 if Romney wins the primary, can I add I would like to vote for the Romney/Rubio ticket? Of course I am a recovering Dem without a voice in the GOP primary, but hey I am all on board with Mitt-Marco. The business saavy of Mitt, with his slightly squishy center on some social issues to keep we moderates, plus the rock solid fiscal conservatism of Marco and all he brings on social issues to the ticket for those on the right.
Win/Win AFAIAC, easy on the eyes too *cough cough* fundraising calendar GOP where is it? !
Update: PPP: Rubio has 32 point primary lead over Crist; Our Charlie Crist numbers tomorrow will be ‘absolutely brutal’
Update: WOW! PPP wasn’t kidding, Sorry Charlie! Expect him to run as an Indy or Dem, I have long suspected he and O had a ‘gentlemans’ agreement that he not push for a revote in the Dem primaries for FL..frakkers…
…Rubio now leads Crist 60-28, including a staggering 71-17 lead with conservatives. Crist has a 49-36 advantage with party moderates, but they account for just 31% of likely primary voters compared to 65% who describe themselves as conservative….
From the PPP blog. I would add emphasis, but the whole thing could be in bold:
We are going to have absolutely brutal numbers out on Charlie Crist tomorrow.
Here’s a little preview: among Republican primary voters 19% would like to see him as Governor a year from now, 14% want him in the Senate, and 56% want him out of elected office.
If there is any path to his winning office in Florida again- and there may not be- it’s as something other than a Republican.
Marco on the health care bills in the House and Senate:
Marco Rubio at The Corner:
(…) How many bipartisan, Massachusetts-like pushbacks is it going to take for President Obama to understand the American people want to reform health care without changing and abandoning all the things that have made our system great?
How many town halls, tea parties and elections will it take for the American people to finally convey to Washington that we need to scrap this flawed proposal and process, and start anew on step-by-step reforms?
I join the American people in opposing this proposal on policy grounds as well as the procedural approach being considered to ram it through.
If President Obama and congressional Democrats go down the road of reconciliation, they will leave no doubt in the American people’s minds that Washington is broken and 2008’s promise of “Change” was little more than a campaign slogan that should not have been believed in the first place.
The health-care proposal is a deeply flawed plan that should be scrapped entirely in favor of a truly bipartisan approach that pursues step-by-step reforms….
MiM- Marco Rubio is the first conservative we have given money to as recovering Dems. Yeah he is that good, he makes me want to be fiscally responsible, ooooh! Marco-Marco-Marco- GOP needs to get that calendar together cough, cough..