RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry On Charlie Crist’s Shameless Political Opportunism
RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry
ICYMI: “Cozying up to Obama, Crist finds Democrat loyalty”
Fort Myers News-Press
February 8, 2014
“Charlie Crist, self-crowned prince of political opportunism, is scheduled to be in Fort Myers promoting his new book on the five-year anniversary of his “hug heard ’round the world” with President Barack Obama.
“For those who don’t remember, five years ago today, Crist greeted President Obama in Fort Myers with an enthusiastic embrace – literally and figuratively – of his binge-spending policies. Now, he’s purposefully selected the same city on the same day to sign copies of his new book in order to garner national attention for himself.
“If Crist claims to be all about Florida, why is he eagerly hopping onto the national stage to promote his new book? Answer: Charlie Crist has always had his eyes on higher office, using his positions in Florida as mere steppingstones.
“How is Crist achieving this national profile as a faithful Democrat? He’s cozying up to President Obama, proving his loyalty to the last party that can salvage his political career. But not too long ago, Crist repeatedly criticized President Obama in his attempt to become Sen. John McCain’s running mate in the 2008 presidential race, as well as in 2010 during his own run for U.S. Senate. But now that it is politically advantageous to do so, Crist is proudly proclaiming that there is “no question” he’s a “Barack Obama Democrat.”
“President Obama’s stimulus hasn’t been the only thing he’s embraced. Crist has done a 180 in his newfound support of President Obama’s signature health care law. Journeying back into the not-so-distant past, on the very day that Obamacare became law, Crist said he hoped to repeal it. He publically stated that the president and his fellow Democrats ignored the will of the people by jamming it through Congress. Now, Crist is actively running on Obamacare in his current campaign for the same job in which he left four years ago. He’s even gone so far as to recruit President Obama’s best spin doctors, the same individuals who sold Florida the “lie of the year” that “if you like your plan, you can keep it.”
“Yet, Obamacare is not the will of the people. More than half of Floridians disapprove of it. But Charlie Crist, a self-proclaimed man of the people, doesn’t seem to care. He didn’t care that more than 300,000 Floridians lost their health insurance as a result of Obamacare. By supporting this tremendously unpopular law, he’s pledging his allegiance and paying his dues to Democratic Party leaders, like President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid, who continue to try and sell Obamacare to our nation.
“Floridians are smarter than Charlie Crist and his buddy President Obama give them credit for. When Crist hugged the president in Fort Myers five years ago, they could see what was coming. Even as President Obama continues the PR campaign to sell Obamacare, they know a bad law when they see it. And as Charlie Crist rewrites history in his new book, spins the truth about his failures as governor, and proudly stands by the president’s devastating, job-killing health care law, Floridians know a political chameleon when they see one.”