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April 19, 2010

CRIST GETTING SHOVED OUT?.... Last year, when Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R) announced he would forgo re-election and run for the Senate, the Republicans were delighted. They'd urged him to run, felt confident that his victory was a near-certainty, and it wasn't long before the National Republican Senatorial Committee was backing him. On May 12, Crist kicked off his campaign, and that afternoon, the NRSC officially endorsed his bid.

That was 11 months ago. Today, the NRSC offered a very different message.

The top political strategist for Senate Republicans urged key GOP consultants Monday to persuade Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to forgo an independent bid for Senate if he withdraws from the Republican primary, CNN has learned.

Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, sent an e-mail to national political operatives just before noon in which he also predicted that Crist will decide not to compete in the GOP primary against former state House Speaker Marco Rubio.

"We believe there is zero chance Governor Crist continues running in the Republican primary," Jesmer wrote in the e-mail provided to CNN by a Republican source on the condition of anonymity. "It [sic] our view that if Governor Crist believes he cannot win a primary then the proper course of action is he drop out of the race and wait for another day."

The NRSC message comes the same day that Crist's Senate campaign canceled scheduled television advertisements in central Florida.

Crist's next move is anybody's guess. He hinted late last week that he'd consider an independent Senate bid, but there's been no word on when (or whether) such an announcement might be made.

I'm especially interested to see how Crist responds to the NRSC's Jesmer email -- I wouldn't be too surprised if the message pushes Crist closer to a third-party run, since he'll no doubt be annoyed by the disrespect.

Steve Benen 1:10 PM Permalink | Trackbacks | Comments (12)

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What will be more interesting is whether or not Crist supporters vote for Rubio in November, irrespective of whether or not Crist runs as an independent. It's moderate GOPers who hold their nose and vote for radical conservative candidates anyway that are facilitating the right-wing takeover of the GOP.

Posted by: mfw13 on April 19, 2010 at 1:16 PM | PERMALINK

Yeah, Crist is going to listen to the people who are crapping on him and not run as an independent when current polling shows him as leading in a 3 way race.?
so they expect him to be mr nice guy instead of giving them the one finger salute?

Posted by: grandpajohn on April 19, 2010 at 1:21 PM | PERMALINK

Obviously, any politician who has ever agreed with The Chosen One on anything is a traitor, both to his race and more importantly, to the republican party.

It would be disappointing if Crist dropped out of the GOP nomination race in Florida before we get to bring out the faggot card.

We need to make sure that the RINO Crist never runs for elective office again. While we having been holding onto the 'Crist is gay' card, we may need to go ahead and play it before he drops out.

Posted by: RepublicanPointOfView on April 19, 2010 at 1:23 PM | PERMALINK

He's not my favorite person but I hope he screws his Grand Old Party hard.

Posted by: SaintZak on April 19, 2010 at 1:24 PM | PERMALINK

Of course the fascist scum are worried - if Crist runs as an independent, he wins and they LOSE.

Nationally, we each have got to convince as many people as we know to vote this fall. The "enthusiasm gap" has to be exorcised. Like what the Democrats are doing or not (and I am constantly disappointed in them every day), it is absolutely crucial that the Right be defeated this fall. Whatever one thinks of the Democrats, the Republican Right would be a thousand times worse. Not voting for the Democrats this fall is like being a Communist who refused to cooperate with the "Social Fascists" (their term for the Social Democrats) in the German elections of 1933.

Posted by: TCinLA on April 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM | PERMALINK

Stand next to obama, and you catch cooties. . .

Posted by: DAY on April 19, 2010 at 1:27 PM | PERMALINK

I am interestedin how the national vestigial media respond to this--i.e. what will they report, fail to report, tenor of that reporting compared to how they handled the Joe LIEberman situation.

Posted by: bubba on April 19, 2010 at 1:28 PM | PERMALINK

If I were living in Florida I would be really pushing Crist to run as an Independent. It is getting really frustrating to see the wingnut loonies pushing out any moderate voice of reason in the GOP. And I agree with TCinLA 110% on all of us need to be working very hard on getting people out to vote in November. This is not the time to sit back and let this element of rightwingnuttery to take over this country. I may not aways agree with what and how the Dems are doing things, but just think for a second what our world will be like if we sit back and allow the present GOP to take over this counrty. PLEASE all people exercise your right to be a good citizen and get out and vote in November.

Posted by: nodak on April 19, 2010 at 1:45 PM | PERMALINK

I wonder if Senator Thomas Kuechel had realized sooner about the power shift by the San Joaquin Southern Democrats turned RepuG and Walter Knott's Birchers and run as an Independent in the primary, if this would have delayed Allan Cranston from begining his long time in office. Kuechel thought they were a passing fancy in running Max Rafferty against him. So, Rafferty wins and is then crushed by Cranston.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 19, 2010 at 1:50 PM | PERMALINK

The rethugs sure liked it when LIEberman ran as and independent and screwed the Dimocrats. I say what goes around comes around.

Wouldn't it be great if Crist got elected, was as vindictive and petty as LIEberman, and became the 60th vote for the Obama/Pelosi agenda.

Of course if that happened, the media would portray it as rank betrayal and Fucksnoise would start organizing a recall campaign.

Oh well, one can dream.

Posted by: Winkandanod on April 19, 2010 at 1:53 PM | PERMALINK

The reason I mentioned the 1966 California elections is the similarity between what happened in California at that time and what is going on today. Strange things happen when zealots take control of any party. Kuechel was becoming a leader for the minority in the Senate, but, was cast aside as being too moderate to liberal. Ye olde "Better Right than win" philosophy.

Posted by: berttheclock on April 19, 2010 at 1:56 PM | PERMALINK

I'm a Democrat and live in Florida. If Crist runs as an Independent, I'm tempted to vote for him, just to try to keep Rubio out of the Senate.

Posted by: winddancer on April 19, 2010 at 2:15 PM | PERMALINK
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