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Crist’s indy bounce disappears

FL Governor Charlie Crist once swore that he would not bolt the GOP, even if he lost the Senate nomination to Republican Marco Rubio.  He flip-flopped.

Crist said he would issue a partial refund of donor money.  He flip-flopped, giggling about it like Michael Moore at a Golden Corral grand opening.  Details (video at link):

The standout moment came when a heckler started shouting at Crist (around 3:10 into clip), “What about the guys who gave you money when you were a Republican?!”

“I’m going to keep it!” Crist cheerfully responded, drawing roars of approval. Check out his wink right after.

Well, you may plan on keeping the money, Governor Ooompa Loompa, but you can forget about keeping your indy-switching momentum.  From Rasmussen:

Charlie Crist received a bounce in the polls when he left the Republican Party to run for the U.S. Senate as an independent. New numbers suggest that the bounce for the governor is over.

A new Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of likely voters in Florida finds Republican Marco Rubio with 39% support, while Crist earns 31% of the vote and Democrat Kendrick Meek trails at 18%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.

Two weeks ago, just after Crist announced that he was running as an independent, he held a 38% to 34% advantage over Rubio.

All the political experts were saying all along that the numbers were simply not sustainable.  There was no way Crist was going to take a third of Republicans and a third of Democrats while running as an indy.  This latest poll bears that out.

Charlie, you flubbed up, dude.  You picked a bad year to be a crass, brazen political opportunist.  This year, the electorate is rebelling against your kind: self-serving, me-first, finger-in-the-wind, unprincipled career politicians.  Arlen Specter gambled, and he looks like he’s toast.  You’re next, pal.  Maybe you can get another hug from B.O., only this time, it’ll be a consolation hug.

May 17, 2010 Posted by | Charlie Crist, Florida, hypocrisy, polls, shameful | 1 Comment