Club for Growth Endorses Marco Rubio
By Chris Ingram
The Club for Growth a nationally known organization of everyday Americans who favor fiscal conservatism, free trade, school choice, and less government regulation, endorsed Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate today.
The action is significant in that it should send a strong signal to other fiscally conservative organizations and individuals that Rubio is a strong contender against Florida’s lackluster governor and establishment candidate Charlie Crist.
The only thing that remains to really put Rubio in favor with Florida Republican Primary voters is an endorsement from former Governor Jeb Bush. I expect that will come sometime around March of next year when voters are paying more attention to the election. In the meantime, Charlie Crist has yet to finish even close to Rubio in any county Republican Executive Committee’s straw poll. Rather, Crist typically loses by a ratio of 8:1 or greater.
Here is the Club for Growth press release:
Club for Growth PAC Endorses Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate
Former Florida House Speaker ‘the Real Deal,’ Crist the ‘Wrong Direction’
WASHINGTON – Club for Growth PAC today endorsed Marco Rubio in the 2010 U.S. Senate race in Florida.
“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.”
“The Club for Growth PAC has spent months studying this race, and we have concluded that either Charlie Crist or Marco Rubio would be heavily favored to win next November against likely Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek,” Chocola said. “The only question now is what kind of Republican will Florida send to Washington next year: a pro-growth Republican with a record of fiscal conservatism or a big-government Republican with a record of tax increases?”