National Review Online spoke to Ana Carbonell, chief of staff to Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart (R., Fla.), who along with his brother Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R., Fla) unexpectedly rescinded his endorsement of Florida Governor Charlie Crist’s bid for the United States Senate.
But Carbonell was tight-lipped about the events leading to the decision, saying only that the congressmen “told the governor of their decision several weeks ago,” and that Crist “knows their reasons, so it was no surprise.”
“[Crist] knows that both congressmen take their endorsements very seriously, and they felt that this was the right thing to do,” Carbonell said.
For the moment, at least, it seems the Diaz-Balart brothers have no intention of officially throwing their support behind Crist’s primary challenger, former Florida State House Speaker Marco Rubio, who has been gaining steam among conservatives. Carbonell said there are “currently no plans” to endorse Rubio.
But one wonders whether publicly retracting support for Crist amounts to the same thing.