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The Charlie Crist crunch

Here's something really interesting about the topsy-turvy Florida Senate race: Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek both have an interest in pushing virtually identical assaults against the poor guy in the middle, Charlie Crist.

Both Rubio and Meek, for their own reasons, are pounding Crist with the same attack line -- that despite his party switch to independent, he's a Republican through and through. Call it the Charlie Crist crunch.

Case in point: The Rubio campaign blasted out video today of Crist on MSNBC, getting pressed on whether there are any positions he's taken as a "loyal Republican" that he would no longer hold. His response? "No, not really":

And Kendrick Meek released a hard-hitting new ad today making precisely the same point, airing footage of Crist praising George Bush and Sarah Palin and describing himself as a "pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican":

The Meek camp, obviously, has an interest in pushing this line because he's trying to get Crist to bleed Dem support on his left, so Meek can expand among Democrats. Meanwhile, the Rubio camp is pushing this line because Rubio, too, wants Crist to bleed Dem support to the third-place Meek, to reduce Crist's overall vote total. Also, Rubio is highlighting Crist's GOP past to amplify the Rubio message that Crist's party switch was about doing whatever it takes to win, which could hurt Crist among the independents they're fighting over.

So Crist is fighting two candidates who are both pounding him with the same message from either side. As one Florida Republican joked to me, Crist, in uniting Rubio and Meek behind the same message, has achieved his campaign promise of fostering bipartisan unity -- behind the idea that Crist is an ideological opportunist who can't be trusted by voters of any ideological stripe.

By Greg Sargent  | September 29, 2010; 3:27 PM ET
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Since Crist has been screwewd by his own party in Florida, it's about time that he "man up" , get out of a race he can't win, and throw his support to Meek.

Posted by: filmnoia | September 29, 2010 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Rubio has to be careful - if Crist collapses to much, Meek can win.


I'd like updates on how well Crist is doing with the money.


With Crist dipping into the 20s in most polls, his money should begin to dry up - and I wonder if Crist can keep up with the ads.

ON Meek's front - I would imagine that democratic money originally thought to be going to other states will suddenly become available for Meek.


Meek can be one of the few democratic bright spots in the country.


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 29, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Marco Rubio is the poster child for profligate spending.

The credit card shenanigans:

http://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/elections/former-fan-says-marco-rubio-charged-home-remodeling-on-gop-credit-card/1123658

The 'Taj Mahal' Courthouse scandal

http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2010/08/marco-rubios-ties-to-the-taj-mahal-courthouse-scandal.html

It never ends...

Meanwhile:

A new political committee with ties to Republican strategist Karl Rove is starting to throw money around, including nearly $250,000 to Republican U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio. The committee, American Crossroads, reported the so-called independent expenditure to the Federal Elections Commission yesterday. The group can't coordinate with the Rubio campaign but can spend as much as it wants.

http://blogs.tampabay.com/buzz/2010/09/karl-rove-helping-marco-rubio.html

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Please donate to Kendrick Meek's campaign!

http://www.actblue.com/entity/fundraisers/22309

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Is there even a shadow of a chance that Kendrick Meek wins this thing? He hasn't even remotely been close in any of the polls. Meek should drop out and endorse Crist--a moderate who will caucus with the Dems is better than an arch-conservative like Rubio (and especially when the Democrat running isn't going to win, no matter what).

Posted by: OSheaman | September 29, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

"Is there even a shadow of a chance that Kendrick Meek wins this thing?"

Of course, but the momentum is with Rubio and given the state, he's probably going to win. Unless Meeks or Crist drop out, then it may be a toss up.

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 29, 2010 4:24 PM | Report abuse

Crist is the one who should drop out. He is a career Republican and political opportunist of the worst kind. Go watch the segment from Last Word last night. It was PATHETIC.

He still won't answer basic questions such as whether or not he supports Sarah Palin for President, or what party he would caucus with in the Senate.

With the Jim Greer trial looming, he should read the writing on the wall and do the right thing... DROP OUT and endorse Kendrick Meek, who would beat Marco Rubio head-to-head in a WALK (Meek and Crist combine for over 50% of the vote in all of the recent polling).

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Now now boys - can you stop squabbling


You sound like a bunch of 9 year old girls.

All you TOGETHER NOW - all together now


All together now - all together now

PRACTICE SAYING "SENATOR RUBIO."


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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 29, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

OT - It looks like Meg Whitman has a maid problem.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/meg_whitmans_former_housekeeper.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: nisleib | September 29, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"given the state, he's probably going to win"

Um, no.

Dems have a clear registration advantage and plenty of support amongst many different demographics.

Plus you have the Republican Party of Florida which is rife with scandal and corruption.

And you also have corporate Medicare fraud-artist Rick Scott on the Republican Gov ticket. That is sure to depress at least some GOP voter enthusiasm in the state and increase Dem enthusiasm.

This is not your typical southern Red state, Kevin. It is a purple swing state to begin with. Add the above conditions and you now know why Dems have a good shot.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Dems have a great shot once Obama offers Crist some sort of appointment in return for dropping out.

"Crist Crunch" sounds like some sort of religious candy bar.

Posted by: sbj3 | September 29, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Ethan

You should really practice saying "Senator Rubio"


Let's face it - your days as an electricity producer really aren't going to happen.


So, you might as well start going with the flow.

.

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 29, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

@Ethan2010: "'given the state, he's probably going to win' -- Um, no."

Ah! A challenge. Fine. If I'm right, and Rubio takes it, you owe me a kosher Coke. If you win, I will owe you a Pepsi Free. What say you?

Posted by: Kevin_Willis | September 29, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

OT - It looks like Meg Whitman has a maid problem.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/09/meg_whitmans_former_housekeeper.php?ref=fpblg

Posted by: nisleib

..............

Ah Geez! You hate to see that happen to an Internet Flea Market Queen.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

nisleib,

TPM's article is pretty weak. Here is Reuters, much better:

* Ex-maid says Whitman knowingly employed her illegally *

A former housekeeper to California Republican gubernatorial nominee Meg Whitman surfaced on Wednesday to say that the former eBay executive knowingly employed her illegally and treated her poorly.

[...]

At a news conference at her Los Angeles office, Allred said that Whitman never asked Diaz if she was in the country legally when Diaz was hired in 2000 and failed to pay her for all of the hours she was hired to work.

Allred also said that Whitman disregarded letters from the Social Security Administration notifying her that there were discrepancies with the Social Security number Diaz provided.

A tearful Diaz said she came to Whitman in June 2009 for help getting legal status, but that Whitman angrily fired her instead.

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSTRE68S5AN20100929

Pathetic. Meg Whitman is horrible.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse


Dems have a great shot once Obama offers Crist some sort of appointment in return for dropping out.

"Crist Crunch" sounds like some sort of religious candy bar.

Posted by: sbj3 | September 29, 2010 4:41 PM |
...........

I think such an offer would have the opposite effect, and turn most of Crist's supporters over to Rubio.

The White House should do no such thing.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The Upshot has a great article too.

Check this out:

When Diaz asked for help in becoming legal after nine years of work, Whitman said, according to Diaz: "From now on you don't me and I don't know you. You never have seen me and I have never seen you. Do you understand me?"

Ms. Diaz:

"I told her what she knew -- that I don't have papers to work here and I need her help. I want her to help me get an immigration attorney. Ms. Whitman just laughed and turn her face to one side. At that moment Dr. Harsh entered. Dr. Harsh was very angry and said, "I told you, I told you she was going to bring us problems!""

Allred says Whitman also implied she might fire Diaz when she became pregnant, and did not pay her for some hours of her work every week. Allred also said her client did not receive reimbursement for gas when she ran errands for Whitman. "It felt like she was throwing me away like a piece of garbage," Diaz said.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/yblog_upshot/20100929/us_yblog_upshot/meg-whitmans-illegal-immigrant-housekeeper-says-she-treated-her-like-garbage

COLD!!!!!

That one looks like the real must-read article on Maid-Gate.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Maid-gate? Okay, I like it.

I'm starting to think California will be fine this election. Prop 19 is going to (hopefully) pump up enthusiasm amongst the youth vote.

Posted by: nisleib | September 29, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

The democrats are stacking up some polls lately - mostly because their money is drying up.


So they are putting out some bogus polls to get the money going.


Then Obama goes to liberal college town - and gets a crowd.


Big deal.

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Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 29, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

Whitman was also sued by an assistant at Ebay, for having slapped the women. If I recall correctly; she settled out of court.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

"October surprises" in California politics are legendary.

Here's a different take on Meg's maid:

"Nicky Diaz was my housekeeper from 2000 to 2009. We consider Nicky a friend of our family and were saddened this morning to hear about her legal action.

"After nine years of faithful service, Nicky came to us in June 2009 and confessed that she was an illegal worker. Nicky had falsified the hiring documents and personal information she provided to the employment agency that brought her to us in 2000. Nicky told me that she was admitting her deception now because she was aware that her lie might come out during the campaign. Nicky said she was concerned about hurting my family and me.

"As required by law, once we learned she was an illegal worker, I immediately terminated Nicky's employment. It was one of the hardest things I've ever done. I considered Nicky a friend and a part of our extended family.

"I am deeply worried about Nicky and her family. I believe Nicky is being manipulated by Gloria Allred for political and financial purposes during the last few weeks of a hotly contested election. This is a shameful example of the politics of personal destruction practiced by people like Jerry Brown and Gloria Allred."

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/california-politics/2010/09/she-treated-me-as-if-i-was-not-a-human-being.html

Posted by: sbj3 | September 29, 2010 5:05 PM | Report abuse

Maid-gate? Okay, I like it.

I'm starting to think California will be fine this election. Prop 19 is going to (hopefully) pump up enthusiasm amongst the youth vote.

Posted by: nisleib | September 29, 2010 5:02 PM |

And she slapped a female assistant, at Ebay, in the face.

Meg Hitman, perhaps?

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

OT - Has anyone seen Rep Gohmert (R-Crazy) blatherings from last night?

~~~~~~

Gohmert: We have people on welfare and I know there's some that just don't wanna work, but there's some that do. How 'bout if instead of the welfare, we give 'em an alternative. We'll give you so many acres that can provide land where you can live off of it, make a living and we'll give you seed money to start, but you have to sign an agreement that you'll never accept welfare again. How 'bout that? We got plenty of land.

~~~~~~~~

http://politicalcorrection.org/blog/201009290003

Posted by: nisleib | September 29, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

The one who has been putting in the most practice saying "Senator Rubio" is Rubio. We'll see if that will turn out to have been overconfidence. Meanwhile, he shows the typical Republican contempt for the electorate's ignorance (mostly well-founded) by releasing ads in Spanish while endorsing English-only policies. If he's elected, it'll be because people weren't paying attention (as usual) or were too distracted watching the premature celebrations on FOX.

Posted by: marknesop | September 29, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

The one who has been putting in the most practice saying "Senator Rubio" is Rubio. We'll see if that will turn out to have been overconfidence. Meanwhile, he shows the typical Republican contempt for the electorate's ignorance (mostly well-founded) by releasing ads in Spanish while endorsing English-only policies. If he's elected, it'll be because people weren't paying attention (as usual) or were too distracted watching the premature celebrations on FOX.

Posted by: marknesop | September 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

More from the "Party of Values"™:

HOUSE FINALLY APPROVES ZADROGA 9/11 HEALTH AND COMPENSATION ACT....

A bill that should have been one of the year's most obvious no-brainers passed today, about three months later than it should have.

[...]

Just so we're perfectly clear, a month before national elections, 90% of House Republicans voted against health care benefits for sick 9/11 heroes. Seriously. This is the party that's expected to do extremely well in November.

Indeed, the House GOP held the bill in such contempt, they tried to play yet another petty, partisan game with the legislation -- they pushed a poison-pill motion to recommit this afternoon, which would have repealed major parts of the Affordable Care Act and added the GOP's "tort reform" measure to the bill.

What happens now? President Obama strongly supports the legislation, but it may very well die in the Senate, which wouldn't consider the bill until the lame-duck session, if at all.

http://www.washingtonmonthly.com/archives/individual/2010_09/025911.php

Absolutely horrible. What scum.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

That Whitman. Following the law. What an Ice Queen. By all means, it's open season on this flagrant and serial abider.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 29, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Let's see, who to trust, the elite corporate executive who has spent more than $100 MILLION on a campaign to buy the Governorship of California...

...or her poor, Latina maid.

The Republican Tea Party will side with the elite corporate executive every time.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Let's get back to the central question: Does Obama have an economic plan ???


Or are all his advisors just leaving leaving leaving???

We can argue about whether this person or that person is crazy - yea, let's take a close look at some democratic congressmen who have been in there a while, and you can determine for yourself what crazy is.

DOES OBAMA HAVE AN ECONOMIC PLAN???

How is this nation going to get out of the Great Obama Stagnation ???

Posted by: SaveTheRainforest | September 29, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

http://www.milkandcookies.com/link/81706/detail/

Posted by: sbj3 | September 29, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Hey TrollMcNutWing. She slapped a female assistant at Ebay.

She payed the women a sizable sum, to get the suit dropped.

How does that make Meg Hitman such a wonderful law abiding citizen?

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

And here's yet another oh-so-classy teabaggger candidate:

http://www.myfoxmaine.com/news/LePage-Promises-to-Tell-President-Obama-to-Go-to-Hell-103992009.html

Posted by: Observer691 | September 29, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Troll, if Whitman was a Democrat you would be screaming bloody murder and you know it.

Posted by: Ethan2010 | September 29, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

She sounds like my kind of woman. Ya know, there's a fine line between "slap" and "spank".

IYKWIMAITYD;-)

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 29, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

"She payed the women a sizable sum, to get the suit dropped."

You'll have to forgive my cynicism regarding California justice.

"if it doesn't fit, you must acquit.". I wouldn't trust it either. And besides, we l know all law suit settlements mean the defendants guilty.

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 29, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

TrollMcNutWing.

Meg Hitman has admitted that she slapped the women.

Now you are trying to claim that she was framed for something, that she has apologized to the woman for having done.

You are starting to come across like some inbred relative of JakeD2.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 5:57 PM | Report abuse

Whitman has records from the employment agency documenting that the maid had a SS #, and a California driver's license.
She was fired immediately upon confession, even though she had worked there for nine years.
The question is how did the maid obtain a Social Security number?
Wouldn't we be better served concerning ourselves with the fact that we have a problem with illegals obtaining and using fraudulent SS cards?

Posted by: MrMeaner | September 29, 2010 6:02 PM | Report abuse

All, LinkedIn responds to Christine O'Donnell's claim the profile is fake:

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/plum-line/2010/09/happy_hour_roundup_98.html

Posted by: Greg Sargent | September 29, 2010 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Liam-still,

I know so little about the "case" that I jumped to a conclusion. I'm still hoping it was a lingerie wearing tickle fight that got "rough", but whatever. You win.

And what, praytell, is wrong with inbreeding? JakeD2 is my brother..., and Father! (Luke!)

Finally, does it really matter who wins the governship of California? The massive debt load is going to require some defaults, massive reduction in government services (namely police, fire and teachers) and very large tax increases. This will drive even more business and middle class out of the state which will require even more, well, you get the idea.

It's like running to see who can be the captain of the Titanic and the Andra Doria.

I'm glad I don't live there.

Finally, I will say this, they're doing a Mad Max recreation in California this weekend, so all is not lost, merely prelude.


http://io9.com/5622316/screw-burning-man-this-years-greatest-desert-festival-is-a-three+day-mad-max-reenactment

Posted by: TrollMcWingnut | September 29, 2010 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Meg Hitman is willing to spend $200 million of her own money to try and buy the job. It does not pay very much. A lot of people feel that she is trying for the job, to establish government executive experience, because she wants to become the first woman President.
+

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 6:16 PM | Report abuse

Charlie Crist is my kind of Republican-An X-Republican. Fed-up with the Tea Bagger pustch of the moderates in the Republican Party Crist had the guts enough to call a halt to their blood letting and become an Independent. Now we have his Tea Bagger annointed opponent, Marco Rubio, chorteling that Crist is an Ideological Opportunist. If possesing the sensibility of a Moderate makes one an ideologue-well count me one too.

Posted by: oregonbirddog | September 29, 2010 7:00 PM | Report abuse


Charlie Crist is a liberal democrat, he was a was a republican in name only.

Posted by: geo82170 | September 29, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

"Meek can be one of the few democratic bright spots in the country." -- Posted by: SaveTheRainforest

37th & O, you're a 100% GOP shill and anyone who's read even a few comments of yours know this. You rail against Obama 24/7, yet we're supposed to believe that you think Meek could be competitive against Rubio?

You must think we're almost as dumb as you are to accept such stupid lies. But honesty has never been a strong suit of yours. That's why you're such a perfect example of what Republicans are--dishonest and shameless.

Posted by: whatmeregister | September 29, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

Rubio is just one of those never had a real job politicians just like the right wing like to accuse Obama. Even if he wins it can hardly be claimed a mandate since the majority of voters will have voted for someone else. Since his two opponents are more liberal than Marco look for him to swing to middle otherwise he will be a one termer like Paula Hawkins (yetch).

Posted by: chucko2 | September 29, 2010 7:36 PM | Report abuse

Rubio is the man.

bye bye democrats

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | September 29, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

Rubio is the man.

bye bye democrats

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | September 29, 2010 8:02 PM
.................

How profound. You are almost as eloquent as Quitter Palin.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 8:12 PM | Report abuse

wow marco beats crist TWICE and a halfway decent dem in a swing state with a huge minority population...

Posted by: dummypants | September 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

wow marco beats crist TWICE and a halfway decent dem in a swing state with a huge minority population...

Posted by: dummypants | September 29, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

It looks like Meg Whitman's maid got a Jerry Brown love pole inserted between her cheeks. The maid's lawyer looks like she wasn't paying attention and actually ran into the back of the ambulance she was chasing. Too bad the maid signed the employment forms using false ID and a bogus SSN. Now Brown is going to have to explain why his supporter is going after Whitman with a canard of a case. Californian's are not as dumb as the Democrat elitists beleive. Gotta love those Neocommies .. class warfare is all they have left.

Posted by: MDDem1 | September 29, 2010 9:37 PM | Report abuse

wow marco beats crist TWICE and a halfway decent dem in a swing state with a huge minority population...

Posted by: dummypants | September 29, 2010 9:05 PM

.................

Marco comes from a very large minority population in Florida.

You are truly aptly named, and I have no doubt that is where your head also resides.

Posted by: Liam-still | September 29, 2010 9:43 PM | Report abuse

Latinos and The Tea Party have formed an unbeatable coalition. Rubio represents those Latinos who know all about the evils of Big Government. Many Latinos have parents and grandparents who left countries where political elites destroyed the freedoms of the working class. The Cuban model of central control by the political elite failed everyone but the government elite. Latinos who love freedom have a natural ally in those in the Tea Party that wish to limit government control over our lives.

Posted by: cosciousness | September 30, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

Rubio's arrogance knows no bounds. Just what you would expect from a Bush-created-and-sanctioned candidate. His dad worked hard, so he doesn't have too, is that it? He can buy houses and forget to pay the mortgage. He can use RNC money for his personal needs. Arrogance, entitlement, and corruption. Is this what the Tea Party is about?

Posted by: wd1214 | October 1, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

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