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Florida House Speaker: Crist ‘Erratic’, ‘Desperate’, ‘Willing to Say or Do Anything’

I’m not sure how many votes are swayed by the endorsement of the Florida House speaker, but the tone is pretty striking:

House Speaker Larry Cretul endorsed Marco Rubio’s candidacy for U.S. Senate on Tuesday – ripping into Gov. Charlie Crist as a politician ready to “do just about anything to preserve his political ambitions.”

The tone Cretul used to lash out at Crist was rare for the understated Ocala Republican. But Cretul hinted that Crist’s veto last week of a teacher merit-pay plan supported by Republican leadership but opposed by Democrats and the state’s largest teachers’ union played a central role in his endorsement.

“Marco’s thoughtful, intelligent and principled conservatism are a sharp contrast with his opponent’s erratic behavior and his relentlessly negative and desperate attacks against Marco and the Republican-led Florida Legislature,” Cretul said. “During the past few months, Gov. Crist has confirmed what most Floridians already knew about him, which is that he’s willing to say or do just about anything to preserve his political ambitions.”

Crist is strongly considering an independent bid.

He’s basically betting his political future on the idea that he can win enough votes among the apolitical types who aren’t paying attention to overcome the votes from the political types who are paying attention.