Friday, May 15, 2009

Orlando Sentinel: Fla. GOP Chairman Says Crist Should Be Treated Like Incumbent

Aaron Deslatte reports:
TALLAHASSEE -- Florida GOP Chairman Jim Greer is trying to put out a brush-fire over his efforts to invoke a little-known Rule 11 to allow the national GOP start funneling money and resources to Charlie Crist's U.S. Senate campaign.
Although the National Republican Senatorial Committee has already endorsed Crist over former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, a couple county GOP executive committees in Hillsborough and Brevard counties have passed protest resolutions, and Sharon Day, the Fort Lauderdale Republican who is secretary of the RNC, has refused to sign the request to invoke the rule.
Greer says it's a moot point because the NRSC has already pledged its resources to Crist in the primary.
And besides, he should be treated like an incumbent.
"The flip side to this thing is, the governor should be treated basically as an incumbent, many people feel," Greer said Friday.
"The party always has a practice of helping incumbents."
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