Pinellas County GOP Straw Poll Results

Not a good start for the tan man. Look for excuses from the campaign like “straw polls are meaningless” and lame attempts attacking Rubio like “he can’t be trusted.”

 A must win for the governor goes to…

By Chris Ingram

Charlie Crist’s 2009 was a really bad year. It started last spring when the governor decided he’s really a Democrat and fully embraced President Obama’s nearly trillion dollar (that’s 12 zeros) stimulus spending plan. This was followed by countless gaffes, scandals, ethically challenged supporters, and not a single straw poll victory for the governor anywhere in the state.

In short, Charlie lost his base and had no support from the grassroots (which may explain why he chose to add 14,000 convicted felons to the voter rolls).

That was then. This is now.

In the first test of the governor’s strength as a candidate for the U.S. Senate in the New Year, the Pinellas County GOP (Charlie’s home county) held a straw poll among party activisits on Monday night. The results are:

106 for Marco Rubio to just 54  for Charlie Crist  (that’s over 62 percent for Marco, and less than a third for Chuckles).

Not a good start for the tan man. Look for excuses from the campaign like “straw polls are meaningless” and lame attempts attacking Rubio like “he can’t be trusted.”

This from a guy who turned his back on every Republican in the state, then lied about it — repeatedly.

Thanks but no thanks Charlie. Florida Republican’s don’t want or need your type of “leadership.”

The Democrats on the other hand would probably love your tax and spend policies, welcome your lack of interest for what you are doing to our children’s futures, and embrace your shameless self-promotion at the expense of tax-payers.

Why don’t you join them? Republicans have had enough of you.

Editor’s note: the New York Times magazine featured Marco Rubio on its cover this week. You can read all about the battle between Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio in the article by clicking here.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of 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:

3 thoughts on “Pinellas County GOP Straw Poll Results”

  1. Hello Chris,
    It is abundently clear that the likes of Charlie Christ, Michael Steele and Obama are birds of a feather. They are all chameleons pandering to anyone they can curry favor from…IThis is not about the country, or the people, is all about them! No indepth character study needed to see that! They are all puppets Chris. What we need to be investigating is; “who is pulling the strings?”



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