Charlie Crist under pressure to leave Senate race in Florida

This posted by the New York Times:

Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida faced new pressure today to abandon his campaign to win the state’s Republican nomination for the United States Senate, with the head of the party’s senatorial re-election committee declaring that Mr. Crist has “zero chance” to win.

Rob Jesmer, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, made the dire prediction in a memo to party officials and fund-raisers in Florida and Washington. The message is the strongest indication yet that Mr. Crist has lost support of the Republican establishment in his race with Marco Rubio, a former state legislative leader whose Senate candidacy has flourished with help from Tea Party supporters.

The newspaper quoted Crist as saying he’s still weighing his options on an independent run. The deadline for that is two weeks away.

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29 comments Add your comment


April 19th, 2010
5:37 pm

Rubio will be a great senator. He’ll win hands down in Nov.


April 19th, 2010
5:48 pm

Do you suppose Sen. Chambliss and Gov Perdue are reflecting on why the heck they hosted that fundraiser here for Crist just last month?


April 19th, 2010
5:59 pm

I hope Crist runs as an Independent. Polls say he would win. It’s time moderate Republicans took our party back.


April 19th, 2010
6:08 pm

Crist is no moderate … any Governor that states that he just “put another nail in the insurance company coffin” deserves to go to the big retired pasture in Century Village. He has resided over the huge expansion of the State run insurance company Citizen’s that competes with free enterprise insurance companies. When there’s a catastrophe (hurricane) guess who pays the claims …. that’s right … you and me. He’s a nitwit …


April 19th, 2010
6:28 pm

Not only is he NOT a moderate, he has sucked up to Obama big time.
His only interest now is to win at any cost; the American and Florida public be damned.
Floridians have already spoken (per the polls) and Crist is not the chosen one.
Maybe Obama can stump for him here in Florida?

Common Sense

April 19th, 2010
6:48 pm

Yeah Emma, because the insurance companies told a lot of individuals to eat cake after Andrew.

Rafe Hollister

April 19th, 2010
7:00 pm

Charlie Crist made his own bed, now let him lie in it.

An independent, please!

April 19th, 2010
7:09 pm

I hope he runs as an independent. I saw him on an interview against Rubio, and he’s not nearly as extreme as Rubio. As an independent, I’m so tired of all the rep vs. dem nonsense and hope soon we can get some leaders who would rather hear all sides and makes good decisions instead of being solely led by their party’s views.


April 19th, 2010
7:32 pm

Ditto to “An independent please” – Used to be a repub, vote democratic now but would love to see a real independent. Tired of right wing wack jobs running things and not real sure about the far left either.
Crist would do well as an independent.


April 19th, 2010
7:43 pm

if he runs as an independent, the only thing he will accomplish is to elect a democrat. he will simply split the rebublican vote.

Buford Sowega

April 19th, 2010
8:29 pm

Crist is a decent man, and although my Florida relatives don’t like him, I say he’s done a pretty good job for their state. The biggest complaint I hear about him is that he’s too slow to take a position. My God, am I happy to see a little contemplation and careful study before slinging out half-baked ideas or just regurgitating party dogma. Quite frankly, if Floridians elect Rubio, they deserve what they get. But something tells me that Crist could pull enough votes as an independent to bring about The Return of the Intelligent Moderate.

Bitter EX democrackkk

April 19th, 2010
8:32 pm

Christ is a casualty of the TEA party intervention! He should have known better…


April 19th, 2010
8:34 pm

He may opt to run for re-election for Governor…seems his best bet these days

ken fuller

April 19th, 2010
9:32 pm

Charlie , You aligned yourself with the “party of NO” …That didn’t matter when running as Governor of Florida .Now though you must lower your intellect to the level of the Palinites controlling the party.You are much too light in your loafers to compete with this Lipstick Republican who shoots game from a helicopter. You are much too educated for a party whose only answer for all the problems facing the country is to repeat Limbaugh’s instructions :” NO” ! And, you are not a racist.This disqualifies you from the party of the Southern Country Club set. The truth is you were doomed the moment you indicated your support for anything proposed by our BLACK PRESIDENT. Neither the Republican Party ,nor its splinter cousin “the Tea Party” ,will tolerate even a hint of support or respect for This President. Obviously you didn’t get the memo that, in addition to being a “Negro”, he was born in Africa , is Muslim , and hates Jesus.Please ,Run as an Independent . This will be another nail in the coffin of the party of ” NO” . Please Governor , expose them for what they are …little more than a party of division and hate and a disgrace to the legacy of true Conservatism.

Florida Republican

April 19th, 2010
10:44 pm

Crist has my Republican vote whether he runs as a Republican or an Independent. Rubio is just Jeb Bush on a string and I am sick of the whole greedy, power-hungry clan. It’s always easy to find the dirtiest Republicans in Florida – Jeb always backs them.

Jumbo G is the king of conventional thinking

April 19th, 2010
10:54 pm

The headline if it had not been penned by JumboG would read, “Christ realizes that he will lose the Fl GOP Senatorial primary. Plans last ditch attempt.” Jumbo G, you are so sad. Rubio is the next US Senator from the State of Florida. Period. I know it makes you sad. Just remember you can call Floridians racsit and mean and stupid, after election day. Don’t you libs like playing the race card and calling conservatives mean and stupid. You, Mathews (if he is sober enough), Overbite, that Maddow fella, Cythia McKinney and the rest can run story after story of how backwards we all are. I cannot wait ’til November. See ya at the polls! Hugs!

Teachers back him

April 20th, 2010
3:22 am

Crist just upped his chances with his campaign by vetoing SB 6 last week which would have mandated merit pay for teachers. It was passed in the Senate and House in Florida and after thousands of e-mails and voice mails that nearly crashed his e-mail account, he listened to the teachers and vetoed the bill. There has been much celebration among all the Florida teachers after he “listened” to his constituents. Don’t count him out yet-teachers get out and vote every November (as do their families and friends!)


April 20th, 2010
4:52 am

I am independent in jacksonville, florida and I am sick and tired of the right and left wing extremist taking over the party’s voice. This state will not support extremist on either side. Me and my entire family will be voting for charlie crist if he decides to run as an independent. If he drops out, our votes will be going to Kendrick Meek. Rubio is a dangerous man and we already have the party of No in washington obstructing everything in sight, we don’t need to add another another right wing extremist.


April 20th, 2010
6:35 am

Rubio is a right wingnut. Crist should run as an independent and stay in the national republican party. The GOP is the party of Lincoln, TR & Ike. It has been invaded by the tea baggers who are a small minority in the USA with a bent toward racism. BOOT NEWT and SAY NO TO RUBIO!


April 20th, 2010
9:12 am

If he runs as one, Crist is a liar. He said on Meet the Press not a month ago that he wouldn’t run as an independent. It ain’t your time “Chuck.” Be a man of your word, take your lumps and show some honor.

Bill Orvis White

April 20th, 2010
9:21 am

Sorry Charlie, game over when you abandon your core conservative principles. It’s time for fresh blood all across the fruited plain. I’m excited for Mr. Rubio and he can count on my check for $2400.


April 20th, 2010
9:24 am

Crist can run as a Rep, Dem, Ind or a Goat he still has a zero chance of winning. He is a self serving Obama Clone, Union catering (and by the way you low life Public teachers Suck), socialism Freak. Do you really think he get elected on a single issue you Kool-Aid drinking Libs, get real. Good bye crist, go to Chicago where your type flurish under the slime and away from light and Good people.

Jumbo G is the king of conventional thinking

April 20th, 2010
12:40 pm

I just donated to Rubio. I was thinking of Jumbo G and the other media wh@res and libs when I wrote the check. I cannot wait ’til november.


April 20th, 2010
2:14 pm

If Christ enters this race as an independent, his odds of winning will go thru the roof. Reason? This country is not Republican or Democrat but INDEPENDENT THINKING MINDS who are in the majority in this country. There are more and more folks switching to non affiliated and Independent and Florida is growing more and more with independents. Crist will win if he runs as an independent. Moderate Republicans, Blue Dogs Democrats and Independents will support him in droves. Meek will only get the liberals and Rubio will only get the conservatives where as crist will be a big bloc of voters who are disillusioned with both left and right loonies!

FL Independent

April 20th, 2010
2:28 pm

Robert is completely wrong- 180 degress out of phase. His post is, by far, the worst piece of politcial punditry that I have ever read. Rubio has huge support among independents already. They are not going to switch just because Crist can’t hack it in the GOP primary. Further, Crist, ticked off most independents when he vetoed the But wishful thinking is not political science.

FL Independent

April 20th, 2010
2:30 pm

Sorry, vetoed the education reform ,sorry. Still, Crist is toast.

FL Independent

April 20th, 2010
2:31 pm

Robert, it is Crist not Christ. Christ would be a great candidate. He has my vote.

Crist hater

April 21st, 2010
1:19 pm

Crist has done absolutely nothing for the State of Florida, except taking $500,000.00 from the Floridians for his vacation this past year, when the country as a whole is in dire straights with unemployment & loosing their homes… Besides this he refuses to clean up the court system (judges) and their tyranny that they do against the Floridians and allows cover ups to occur.

One can only imagine what this criminal will do once he is in the Senate, how much money this State will loose if he is elected… I urge you Floridians NOT TO VOTE FOR THIS MORON………..

Hurricane Crist

April 22nd, 2010
1:24 pm

Now that Crist is in the process running every property insurance company out of the state just to expand citizens, Florida will likely have the highest taxes and insurance premiums on the planet! Imagine what he would do if he is given senate power? Just wait for the first major catastrophe in Florida, you will get see his grand “failure” im mean plan in action.