Down in Macon, Erick Erickson of RedState.com has started a Facebook page with the name “Not one penny to the National Republican Senatorial Committee.”
Erickson is furious at support Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is getting out of Washington for his U.S. Senate. Like many conservatives, Erickson’s pushing former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio.
Writes the rightward blogger:
First they supported [Lincoln] Chafee. Then they supported [Arlen] Specter. Now they support Crist. I pledge to give no money, no support, no aid, and no help at all to the efforts of the NRSC.
But backing for Crist extends well into Georgia, in the form Johnny Isakson, himself up for re-election to the U.S. Senate next year.
According to The Hill, a D.C. newspaper and web site, Isakson argues on behalf of the NRSC that:
Crist has twice won statewide races in Florida and has the best chance of keeping the seat — now held by Sen. Mel Martinez — in Republican hands.
“I think leadership made the calculated decision for all the right reasons,” said Isakson.
[NRSC chairman John] Cornyn, a more conservative member of the Senate, said he took a pragmatic approach to backing Crist, not one rooted in ideology.
“I decided that, rather than have a primary and be divided, I concluded that he was the strongest candidate in the field and we ought to try to consolidate — and if he wins, obviously we’ll have more money to spend on other states,” Cornyn said. “It wasn’t a choice about ideology. It was a choice about who could win.”
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