By Chris Ingram
Charlie Crist, the well-tanned, do-nothing governor of Florida recently announced he would run for Florida’s open senate seat. It wasn’t a surprise. For months, political observers have anticipated Crist would bag his responsibilities in Florida and let someone else clean up the mess.
Shortly after Crist announced he would run for the senate, the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), announced it would support Crist in his Obama-hugging endeavor to become Florida’s junior senator.
Washington has long been an incestuous town, and the NRSC’s actions prove it. So long as a candidate embraces the status quo (despite apparently even embraces with Obama and his socialist plans) Republicans and Democrats alike don’t really care what you stand for, as long as you stand with them.
Back in Florida, the only other serious candidate in the U.S. Senate race is Marco Rubio. Rubio is clearly not cutting deals with the “leaders” of the Republican Party in Washington, D.C. Thank goodness.
Those leaders (the ones who now support Crist despite his support of Obama’s PIMP plan – that’s the Plan for Incumbent Member Protection), are the very same bunch of scoundrels who gave us: Medicare Part D (another debt busting entitlement program we can’t pay for), convicted Congressmen Bob Ney, and Duke Cunningham as well as the likes of Tom “the snake” Delay. Oh, and don’ forget a 70% increase in the National Debt (now over $11 Trillion) over the course of eight years, and don’t forget the worst economy in 70 years.
Thanks but no thanks. I’ll take my chances on a new, fresh face. I prefer someone like Rubio who actually stands for something. Rubio is the total opposite of Charlie Crist who seeks the senate for his own advancement to satisfy his overblown ego at the expense of our children’s future.
Marco Rubio may not be perfect. I think for example he is dead wrong on his opposition to gambling (what’s wrong with letting the people decide for themselves what to do with their money?). Legislating morality is an absolute loser for the GOP. But Rubio in his last year in office showed real spine and conviction to conservative principles in his call for among other things, serious tax reform. His legislation didn’t go anywhere because Tallahassee (like Washington), is full of a bunch of spineless snails who aren’t willing to make tough choices – favoring instead to get re-elected.
Floridians have a choice to make in the U.S. Senate campaign. They can make a choice for the Republican version of Bill Clinton in candidate Crist. Or the choice for the new face of the GOP: young, intelligent, conservative, principled, Cuban-American Marco Rubio. Personally I prefer the Reagan-like candidate over Clinton-lite.
Chris Ingram is CEO and partner of Strategic Solutions of Florida a political consulting company. He is also the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@411Communications.net.