Friday, April 16, 2010

Sorry Charlie: Independent or Opportunist?

Sorry Charlie Crist's GOP campaign chairman quit yesterday after Florida's governor vetoed a Republican-backed bill opposed by the state's teachers unions:
In the Republican primary, Crist is trailing badly in public opinion surveys to state House Speaker Marco Rubio, who is riding the energy of the national tea party movement. Crist has until April 30 to decide whether to appear on the Republican primary ballot or to run instead with no party affiliation on the general election ballot.
A new Quinnipiac poll that we cited earlier today lays out Crist’s options in stark terms: The governor trails Rubio by a large margin — 56% to 33% — in the Republican primary, but as an independent, Crist narrowly leads in a three-way matchup that includes expected Democratic candidate Rep. Kendrick Meek.
The three-way numbers: Crist, 32%; Rubio, 30%; Meek, 24%. The poll’s margin of error is 2.8 percentage points.
Let's hear from the guy whose pre-emptive endorsement doomed Crist:
But with Crist now trailing badly in the polls – and rumors intensifying that he will abandon the GOP primary fight – Cornyn says the governor will face an intense backlash from the Republican establishment if he runs as an independent.
“I would think that would be the end of his political career as a Republican,” Cornyn, chairman of the NRSC, told POLITICO. “So I doubt that will happen. My hope is that this is all resolved in the Republican primary by Florida voters.”
Hey, how about the end of your career, Mr. Cornyn?

1 comment:

  1. In most other polls with Crist as an indy, Rubio prevails over both opponents by large margins.