Republicans no longer want him to run for the Senate.
Gov. Charlie Crist’s veto of Senate Bill 6 may have ruined his chances to run in the GOP primary against House Speaker Marco Rubio. Republicans, who were very much in favor of Senate Bill 6 are furious with Gov. Crist for vetoing the bill.
As a result, many Republicans want nothing to do with him any longer. It would seem that Florida’s well-liked governor has got some big decisions to make regarding his political career. Will he run as an independent? He has until April 30, 2010 to decide.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee issued a memo saying there’s ‘zero chance’ Mr. Crist would remain in the primary. The memo, which urged Mr. Crist to drop out of the race completely, was released publicly after Mr. Crist reportedly didn’t return a call to receive the same message privately from Senator John Cornyn of Texas, who heads the NRSC, according to the Wall Street Journal.
If he decides to run as an independent, he’ll run against Rubio and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek in November. Right now, Crist is trailing Rubio in the Senate race by 20 points.
Of course, since Gov. Crist is still a reasonably young politician at age 53, there could potentially be many more elections in his future. So, he could put his political pursuits on hold until 2012 and run against Democratic Senator Bill Nelson. Crist could also throw curve ball and run for governor one more time.
For more on Gov. Crist’s political journey, review this article: Tough Road to the Senate for GOP’s Charlie Crist by Glenn Osrin, Miami-Dade County’s 2010 Elections Examiner.
Sources: The Wall Street Journal; Sun-Sentinel
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Rudy Giuliani (RIGHT) endorses Mario Rubio (LEFT) for Florida’s open Senate
seat during a campaign rally in Miami on April 5, 2010. The endorsement for
Rubio was a snub against competitor Charlie Crist, who had endorsed John McCain
rather than Giuliami in the last presidential election.
AP Photo / J Pat Carter