September 04, 2012 at 10:58 am
With former FL Gov. Charlie Crist speaking at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte this week, the Republican Party of Florida announced Tuesday that they will be taking to the airwaves in an effort to remind voters of who Crist really is. The ad, which will air on cable statewide, starts Tuesday and runs through Friday and is accompanied by an online ad campaign.
The ad uses clips of Crist praising Republicans, including one of the former governor saying he was “impressed” with John McCain’s selection of Sarah Palin.
“If many Democrats thought Clint Eastwood’s speech was a bit odd, wait till they see Charlie Crist – a man who has built his career bashing virtually everything President Obama and the Democrats stand for, including the President’s spending programs and ObamaCare – debate himself,” said RPOF chair Lenny Curry in a statement accompanying the ad.
When Crist speaks to Democrats on Thursday, Curry will be on hand to respond to the remarks.
“Charlie Crist may try to use the Democrats’ national convention as his latest attempt to shed his political skin, but the RPOF intends to make sure the people of Florida and the nation remember his words and record,” Curry said.
Democrats invited Crist to speak at their convention after he endorsed President Obama in a Tampa Bay Times editorial on the eve of the RNC last weekend.
Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Politico that Crist will talk in his speech about how Obama “made decisions that were hard but right” in order to save the economy.
Many speculate that Crist–who changed his voter registration to “no party affiliation” after he lost the 2010 GOP Senate Primary –will run for governor again in 2014 as a Democrat.
Time’s Tim Padgett notes that Crist is well regarded by Florida voters, including traditional Democratic constituencies like African-Americans, who gave him 20% of their vote in 2006– the most a Florida Republican has ever received.