Florida

FL Senate: Club for Growth endorses Rubio

This should come as no surprise. The Club for Growth has endorsed Marco Rubio in his bid for Florida’s open seat in the United State Senate:

“Marco Rubio is the real deal, one of the brightest young stars in American politics today, and a proven champion of economic liberty,” said Club President Chris Chocola. “He is a dynamic spokesman for the principles of limited government and economic freedom, and he will make a fantastic Senator.”

Rubio served in the Florida House of Representatives from 2000-2008, and was elected to the Republican leadership as Majority Whip, Majority Leader, and finally, Speaker of the House. Rubio is an advocate of lower federal spending, tax relief and tax reform, union members’ right to a secret ballot, and market-driven energy and environmental solutions.

Rubio’s Republican primary opponent is Florida Governor Charlie Crist, who supported President Obama’s $787 billion stimulus, proposed a state “cap-and-trade” energy program, and this summer broke his pledge not to sign any state tax increases.

“Charlie Crist has repeatedly joined with big government liberals on major economic issues facing America today, from taxes to spending to cap-and-trade,” Chocola said. “He represents the wrong direction for our economy and our nation.”

Rubio has gained ground on Crist in recent polls, however, he still has a long way to go to catch up.

FL Senate: Crist says he didn’t endorse stimulus bill

During a recent interview with Wolf Biltzer, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist (R), a candidate for the state’s open Senate seat, claimed he didn’t endorse the stimulus bill:

Surprising, considering that Crist signed a letter along with several other Governors from around the country stating their support for the stimulus bill, which was funded entirely on the backs of future taxpayers.

Crist told the media back in May that he would have voted for the stimulus bill had he been in the Senate at the time of its passage.

H/T: Below the Beltway

FL Senate: Club for Growth takes aim at Crist

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a candidate for the state’s open Senate seat, is the target of a new ad from the Club for Growth on his support for the “stimulus” bill:

Crist is trying to fool Florida voters by running ads about his grade from the Cato Institute on fiscal policy for his first two years in office. Cato recently hit back at Crist, pointing out that his actions since that grade are not the actions of a fiscal conservative.

Obama Taps Craig Fugate as New FEMA Chief

Though appointed by Republican Florida Governor, Jeb Bush, and continued his employment under Republican, Governor Charlie Crist, Craig Fugate, Florida’s top emergency manager has been named by Obama as his choice for FEMA director.

From govtech.com-

In October 2001, Fugate was appointed the Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management by Gov. Bush. After the events of 9/11, the division was tasked with the role of managing the Federal Homeland Security funding and developing Florida’s Domestic Security Strategy with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The program has since been recognized as a model for other states.

HuffPo reports-

Sen. Mel Martinez Not Seeking Re-Election in 2010

The AP reports that Sen. Martinez from Florida has decided not to run in 2010 for re-election. This leaves a big opportunity for Democrats and Republicans to go head to head for an open seat in a huge swing state. Look for positioning by FL politicians in the next few months for this one - we might even see a few carpetbaggers.

AP Article

Advice for McCain: Don’t Rally Alone

Since the selection of Sarah Palin as his running mate, John McCain has seen a massive surge in the number of election watchers who are attending campaign rallies. By some accounts his crowds have at least tripled from the level seen prior to Republican National Convention. On a number of occasions in the last couple of weeks McCain’s rallies have reached well over 10,000 - this apparently gave the McCain Campaign confidence he would easily be able to fill the 15,000 seat arena in Downtown Jacksonville, FL. Just as Wall Street miscalculated risk, McCain miscalculated his ability to draw faithful in without the supposed GOP Messiah and 2008 VP candidate, Sarah Palin. McCain filled only around 3,500 seats in Jacksonville.


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