Friday, April 9, 2010

Rubio Pokes Crist

Florida Gov. Charlie Crist denied yet again that he’s going to leave the GOP to run as an independent for the Senate.

“To put these rumors to rest once and for all, as we have said countless times before, Governor Crist is running for the United States Senate as a Republican,” said Crist campaign manager Eric Eikenberg, in a statement put out by the Crist campaign. “He will not run as an Independent or as a No Party Affiliation.”

Eikenberg also added that this statement should “completely and utterly put to rest any of the unfounded rumors coming from the Rubio campaign that Governor Crist would run as anything other than the Republican that he is.”

The Rubio campaign kept up the poking.

“The fact that his campaign, not Charlie Crist himself, issued today’s latest denial is telling in and of itself. Nonetheless, Charlie Crist has an opportunity to put all this to rest by officially filing for the Republican Primary as early as April 26.”

This kind of schoolyard taunting is your typical primary fare, especially now that Mr. Rubio is leading in the polls and would love nothing better than to have Mr. Crist either drop out or run as an Independent and leave the GOP field to himself.

So would Rep. Kendrick Meek, the Democrat. Yesterday Mr. Meek became the first candidate in Florida election history to qualify for the ballot by signature alone.