Politics & Policy

Independent or Opportunist?

Gov. Charlie Crist’s latest campaign ad depicts the independent Senate candidate rearranging letters from the words “Democrats” and “Republicans” to spell “Americans.”

“Washington needs to stop all the finger pointing and focus on our common goals,” Crist says. “As an independent I will take the best ideas of Democrats and Republicans to get things done.”

The question, says Kendrick Meek spokesman Dave Hoffman, is which issues he’s talking about, and what, exactly, he wants to do.

“I think that voters are still wondering why he’s running and what he stands for,” said Meek spokesman. “I don’t think that the ad explains that.”

Indeed, the middle ground that Crist inhabits between Meek and Marco Rubio has become increasingly less firm as it has been bombarded from both sides. Rubio has hit Crist repeatedly over flip-flopping on health care reform.

Meek, meanwhile, received another avenue of attack today when Crist stated his support for the Bush tax cuts.

Both sides are joining hands to hit Crist over his newfound support for organized labor, with Meek slamming Crist in a TV interview subsequently forwarded to the media by the Republican Party of Florida.

The Rubio campaign is on hiatus following the death of Marco Rubio’s father and is not giving public comment, but referred Battle ‘10 to the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s pre-buttal of the Crist ad. To the NRSC, the only thing Crist can spell is “opportunist.”

“If Floridians have learned anything from Charlie Crist’s politically opportunistic policy shifts and empty rhetoric, it’s that he’s willing to say or do anything in an attempt to get elected,” the statement reads. “Charlie Crist only cares about his own interests, and his misleading claim to ‘put people ahead of politics’ simply does not match reality.”

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