Charlie Crist

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    March 11, 2010

    DNC Jumps on Back Wax Gate With Web Ad

    The Democratic National Committee couldn't keep its paws off Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist's war of the wax, and produced this "rapid response" web ad to basically paint the Republican primary race as a giant mess of unadulterated silliness.

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    March 10, 2010

    Senate Poll: Meek Has a Shot Against Rubio, Crist's Best Shot Is as an Independent

    ​Public Policy Polling is back today with its full-fledged Florida Senate general election polling, and it's more or less bad news for Charlie Crist.Yesterday it was announced PPP's new numbers show Crist losing the Republican primary by a whopping 32 points. In fact, as the numbers stan ... More >>

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    February 23, 2010

    Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio In War of the Man Hugs

    Because Floridians honor the age old tradition of democracy so-so much, the current race for the state's open Senate seat now revolves around pictures of embarrassing man hugs. This truly was our founding fathers' dream.​On your left you'll find a picture Florida Governor Charlie Crist embracing t ... More >>

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    February 19, 2010

    Charlie Crist Agrees to Two Nationally Televised Debates Update: Marco Wants Fox First

    ​If there was any doubt that Florida's Republican primary has become one of the marquee elections of 2010, it ought to be eliminated as Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio are now likely to face off in not one, but two nationally televised debates.The Buzz reports that not only has Crist agreed to face ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Charlie Crist Opposes Repealing Don't Ask, Don't Tell; the Jokes Just Write Themselves

    Breaking news: Charlie Crist 100 percent supports the idea of homosexuals having to hide or suppress their orientation in order to pursue their chosen career.In his State of the Union, President Obama promised to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell," the policy that prevents queer folk from serving openly ... More >>

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    January 27, 2010

    Rubio and Crist Trade Barbs While Speaking at Same Event

    ​Republican Senate opponents Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio spoke one after another this morning at the Associated Press legislative planning session, and while they avoided a face-to-face meeting, they took swipes at one another. It must have been uncomfortable for the two, considering yesterday's ... More >>

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    January 26, 2010

    Charlie Crist Is Dick Armey's #1 "Enemy of Liberty"

    ​Tough day for Charlie Crist, ain't it? First he lost his lead in the Republican Senate primary, and now it's come to light that he is the Tea Party movement's number one "Enemy of Liberty." Dick Armey's FreedomWorks PAC, which is tighter with the Tea Party movement  (coinciden ... More >>

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    January 12, 2010

    Michelle Spence-Jones and Willy Gort Prevail in Special Elections

    Today's special election to fill two vacant city commission seats resulted with two familiar names returning to City Hall. Voters in District 1 returned Willy Gort to office. He previously held the seat until 2001 when he made an unsuccesful bid at the Mayor's office. He raplces the man who suc ... More >>

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    January 6, 2010

    Florida Circus: NY Times Dives Into the Crist-Rubio Race

    ​The New York Times Magazine's massive piece about the Marco Rubio vs. Charlie Crist race just went online. If you've been keeping a close eye on the race, and reading our nearly obsessive coverage, there's not a lot new to learn besides some interesting color here and there. If you haven't, it's ... More >>

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    December 23, 2009

    Are The Diaz-Balarts Really that Angry Because Crist Wouldn't Give a Job to Lincoln's Son's Friend?

    Leave it to the Diaz-Balarts to possible have screwed this up. Yesterday's announcement that they were withdrawing their support from Charlie Crist was supposed to leave egg on the Gov's face. But they didn't mention why they were doing it, and it appears the popular emerging theory is pretty damn s ... More >>

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    December 21, 2009

    Can Charlie Crist Move Right Without It Seeming Like a Blatant Political Ploy?

    Poor Charlie Crist. As he tries to make the move from governor to senator, he finds himself in quite the political quagmire. Much of which has been brought on by primary foe Marco Rubio hitting Crist from the right every chance he gets. So in response, Crist, whose reputation has changed from "Chain ... More >>

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    December 17, 2009

    Zogby Poll: Crist Leads Rubio by 9 points; What Happened to that Tie?

    ​How is it that two generally respected political polling companies have come to such a different conclusion on the state of Florida's Republican Primary with numbers released with in a day of each other? Yesterday's Rasmussen poll found that Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist were in a tie, with 42 pe ... More >>

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    December 4, 2009

    Charlie Crist Urges You to Call "Hot, Horny Girls" Who "Love Nasty Talk as Much as You Do"

    ​Florida KidCare provides health insurance to children, but if you ask Charlie Crist for the phone number, he might send you to a sex line.The Palm Beach Post called the Gov and got a pre-recorded message in which Crist rattles off a bunch of numbers for state services. But the number he gives for ... More >>

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    November 19, 2009

    New Daily Kos Poll: Rubio Narrows Crist's GOP Lead Thanks to Birthers, Still Can't Beat Meek in General

    Daily Kos/Research 2000 just released their latest Florida poll, and there are a lot of interesting little poll number factoids to be pulled. Riptide tends to have some smart readers, so we won't recap the entire poll, but instead let's mine some of our favorite nuggets. The Senate Race:Republ ... More >>

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    November 5, 2009

    Crist Denies Endorsing Stimulus Bill; Owns Up to Accepting Reality

    Capture of an anti-Crist ad paid for by the Club for Growth​Charlie Crist went on CNN yesterday and said that he didn't endorse the stimulus package. Huh? What? Riptide was there when he appeared with President Obama touting the stimulus in Ft. Myers. Even though the White House is claim ... More >>

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    October 27, 2009

    Dems Compliment Charlie Crist on his "Good Hair and Nice Tan," Blast Him on Everything Else

    Charlie Crist is such an upbeat fellow that I'm sure he'll appreciate the fact that the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee just sent out an email touting the Gov's silver fox-ish good looks citing his "Good Hair and Nice Tan." He might be a little sad that it comes as part of a compliment sand ... More >>

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    October 16, 2009

    Conservatives Dream About Charlie Crist Dropping Out of Senate Race

    The steady stream of right wingers trying to rain of Charlie Crist's parade continues, with some conservative have wet dreams of Crist switching races and retreating back to re-election to his Governor's seat.The chatter started with The Herald's political blog reporting that one, unnamed Crist supp ... More >>

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    October 14, 2009

    Crist Asks For A Grand Jury Investigation Into South Florida Shenanigans

    Memo to Miami politicos with dirt under your fingernails: It's time for that midnight flight to Bolivia. Just do it now.​The FBI fired the first warning shots earlier this month, busting three Broward politicians for corruption. Now, Gov. Charlie Crist wants a wide-ranging grand jury probe into th ... More >>

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    September 16, 2009

    Is Charlie Crist Indoctrinating Our Children With Bland Moderatism?

    ​Normally politicians' Twitters are horrendously boring things. Dan Gelber's is no exception, except for about a minute ago when the state senator from Miami Beach and attorney general candidate roasted Charlie Crist, and in effect, RPOF chair Jim Greer.​​Crist visited Toussaint L'ouverture El ... More >>

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    August 28, 2009

    Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek Simply Do Not Care for This LeMieux Character

    ​Marco Rubio and Kendrick Meek have only a few things in common: They're both running for Senate. They'll both likely face Charlie Crist. They'll both likely lose to him. And now they both don't very much like George LeMieux's status as newly minted senator. Politically, this is just abo ... More >>

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    August 24, 2009

    News Roundup

    A bunch of protesters came out this weekend against health care reform, and Charlie Crist called the bill a "cockamamie" idea. [CBS4]Erik Fresen, a Miami-are Rep who wants to be speaker of Florida's house one day, is facing foreclosure. [Herald]Heat player MIchael Beasley got what is probably the st ... More >>

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    August 19, 2009

    Two More Names Officially Added to Senate Shortlist

    ​Lincoln Diaz-Balart dropped out of contention yesterday, so Gov. Charlie Crist will interview two more possible candidates for Florida's temporary senator: Rep. Jennifer Carroll and University of North Florida President John Delaney. Carroll's name was first mentioned last week, and she ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Mel Martinez Will Resign

    ​Woah, boy. Grumpy Sen. Mel Martinez has apparently had enough of this "serving the people" stuff. Several sources report he will resign, possibly as early as today. His term would expire in early 2011, and he had previously promised to serve the rest of it. But the race to replace him had already ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Who Will Charlie Crist Appoint to Replace Mel Martinez?

    Charlie Crist has the power​As long as I live, I don't think Florida will see a more chaotic election cycle than 2010. Now, Mel Martinez has thrown in another twist by resigning early, leaving the decision to pick his appointment to Gov. Charlie Crist, who is running to replace Martinez himself. L ... More >>

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    August 7, 2009

    Connie Mack Won't Take Senate Gig, But Clay Shaw Jr. Will

    The Florida Political blogosphere has exploded with Mel Martinez Madness, and the main symptom is wildly wondering who will replace him. We already put in our two cents, but here's the latest updates. Charlie Crist further confirms he won't appoint himself, but will have someone picked out by t ... More >>

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    August 3, 2009

    Volusia County GOP Censures Charlie Crist

    ​Some of the county-level Repulican party organizations have been mumbling not-so-nice things about Gov. Charlie Crist, but yesterday the Volusia County GOP passed a motion censuring him. Among Crist's crimes: Appointing Democrats to political positions, appointing so-called liberal ... More >>

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    July 14, 2009

    Outrage Screening Twice in Miami This Month

    Outrage -- the documentary by Academy Award-nominated director Kirby Dick that explores the world of closeted homosexual politicians and casts Florida governor and Senate candidate Charlie Crist as its leading man -- is set to screen twice locally this month. The Miami Beach Cinematheque will p ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Crist, Meek Each Bring in About $3 Million for Senate Race; Rubio Closer to $300k

    Campaign fundraising filings for the quarter that ended last week are due to the FEC next week. No candidate in the race to replace Sen. Mel Martinez has officially released numbers, but a report by the Hill claims Republican Gov. Charlie Crist and Democratic Rep. Kendrick Meek are each expecte ... More >>

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    July 7, 2009

    Palin and Crist Played Phone Tag

    via Wiki CommonsCould Charlie Crist have been tempting Sarah Palin to through her two cents into the Republican primary for senate? Records show that the two tried to speak on the phone a few days before Crist announced his Senate bid, and ABC seems to think Charlie might have been seeking an endors ... More >>

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    July 1, 2009

    Daily Kos Has Wet Dream About Charlie Crist Coming Out as a Democrat

    Markos 'Kos' Moulitsas of The Daily Kos has a dream that one day Charlie Crist will do some soul searching, look deep inside himself, and finally come out a Democrat. And it will all be Marco Rubio's fault. See, Marco Rubio is calling upon the dark forces of the right wing --the wingnut ... More >>

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    June 29, 2009

    Super-Hot Senate Poll Action: No One Likes Corrine Brown

    Mason-Dixon released another Senate poll, and like every single 2010 Florida Senate poll before it, it finds Charlie Crist is far and away the frontrunner. Ninety-seven percent recognize Crist's name, and 49 percent of regular voters find him favorable. Marco Rubio is raising his statewide name reco ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Anitere Flores in the Mix as Potential Lt. Gov.

    via AnitereFlores.orgFlores with a voter. We figured the best solution to the Marco Rubio "situation" was for the GOP to tack him on as Bill McCollum's running mate to quell any anger amongst the conservative wing for the party bending over backwards for Charlie Crist in the senate primary.&nbs ... More >>

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    June 10, 2009

    Charlie Crist Gives a Little Thought to Jim Morrison's Public Exposure

    Forty years ago at the (soon to be demolished) Dinner Key Auditorium in Coconut Grove Jim Morrison, a man who became famous for his music when he wasn't busy be addicted to drugs and alcohol, allegedly attempted to masturbate on stage and got slapped with public exposure charges. He was se ... More >>

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    June 9, 2009

    Club for Growth Calls Crist a Closet Communist

    Club for Growth, a fiscally conservative group that helped push Sen. Arlen Specter into the Democratic Party with the threat of a primary challenge, sure does not like Gov. Charlie Crist. Now that ol' Arlen is gone from the party, Crist might be the group's number one GOP target. This month, Club f ... More >>

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    June 8, 2009

    Dan Gelber Enters Attorney General Race

      Running for U.S. Senate against Charlie Crist isn't an enviable task, and when you're not even guarenteed to win the primary, it's probably a smart move to get out. That's what state Sen. Dan Gelber (D-Miami Beach) did, and now he has changed lanes and entered the attorney general's race. All he ... More >>

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    May 22, 2009

    Crist Doesn't Want to Deal in Cheney Hypotheticals, Thank You Very Much

    The Herald's Marc Caputo was wondering if Dick Cheney ever crawled out of the hyperbolic chamber that keeps him alive in the torture dungeon basement of his demon castle, located somewhere southwest of Hell, and decided to campaign on Charlie Crist's behalf in the Senate race, would Charli ... More >>

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    May 21, 2009

    Charlie Crist's Lame Attempt To Distance Himself From Obama

    When Charlie Crist stood on stage with President Obama in February I wonder if Crist had any idea that he'd actually be running for Senate. As a popular incumbent running for re-election the political risk would be lessened. Well, the risk of standing with a popular, newly elected pre ... More >>

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    May 20, 2009

    Crist Cruising Competition, McCollum Favored Over Sink

    via azwaldo's flickrPolls are very, very meaningful and exciting. The picture of the 2010 races aren't even in perfect focus yet, but that doesn't mean it's too early for a poll. Mason-Dixon unleashed their first poll post-Crist-for-Senate announcement, and things don't look too good ... More >>

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    May 15, 2009

    Let's Play Identity Politics For a Moment

    So after the NRSC endorsed Charlie Crist over Marco Rubio in the Republican Senate primary, a lot of people implied it was a snub to Hispanics. We thought this was silly. Crist has won three statewide campaigns in a row, is an extremely popular governor, and has a national profile. He's going to win ... More >>

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    May 14, 2009

    How Will Charlie Crist Stay So Tan in DC?

    It is an open secret amongst the Florida political establishment that Gov. Charlie Crist has a penchant for tanning. While the mainstream press often shies away from openly discussing the issue, Crist's hidden tanning habit is explored in detail in Kirby Dick's new movie Outrage: The Hidden Story of ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Charlie Crist Makes It Official: He's Running for Senate

    Charlie Crist has always been a winner. Big, big news! Charlie Crist has joined Twitter! Well, he also announced his intention to run for Florida's open Senate seat in 2010, but everyone has known that for months. But as of 9:12 this morning, it's official. Crist made the announcement through a pres ... More >>

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    May 12, 2009

    Rubio's First Attack Ad: Look, Here's A Picture of Crist with Obama

    Yesterday, Marco Rubio unveiled the first attack ad on his Republican primary opponent, Charlie Crist. The imagery is a slow, trippy reveal of a picture of Crist with President Obama, while an ominous narrator straight out of a dark fairy-tale movie paints the stimulus package that Crist supported i ... More >>

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    May 11, 2009

    Charlie Crist Expected To Announce Senate Bid Tomorrow

    In the past month the idea that Charlie Crist would run for Senate has gone from hot political rumor to almost foregone conclusion, and news broke this weekend that it is indeed fact. Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer told the Pensacola News Journal last night that Crist will annou ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Charlie Crist: LA Weekly Cover Boy?

    Our corporate cousins out in Lala-land ran their review of Outrage, a new documentary that explores the culture of closeted homosexual politicians and gives special attention to our own Governor Charlie Crist, and made it their cover story this week.  Gee, one of the cover boys certainly l ... More >>

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    May 5, 2009

    Marco Rubio Enters a Race He Will Never Win

      So, former Speaker of the House Marco Rubio has decided to officially enter the Senate race, whether or not Charlie Crist runs. He announced his candidacy on YouTube (how charmingly 2005), and if it wasn't already clear, he's painting himself as the conservative underdog. He talks about how "fam ... More >>

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    April 30, 2009

    Why Are The Democrats Attacking Obama's Favorite Partner in Hose Grabbing?

    I kind of hate when I touch on some point in a throw away joke in a blog entry, and then a little bit later someone with the gift of time, experience and editors makes the same point in a really intriguing, well thought out way. Yesterday, while commenting on the DSCC's early attack ad against Charl ... More >>

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    April 29, 2009

    Dems Unveil First Florida Attack Ad of 2010

    The Democrats are ready to paint Charlie Crist as a political escape artist, even before he officially announces whether he will run for Senate. This ad will begin running in the state capital tomorrow. "The DSCC obviously knows they're in trouble in Florida, because this reeks of desperation. Too ... More >>

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    April 23, 2009

    ...and Introducing Charlie Crist in His Debut Role as "Closet Case"

    Charlie Crist might be one of the most surprising leading men featured during this year's Tribeca Film Festival. No, he didn't find time to star as Brian Roberts in an imaginative remake of Cabaret, though we're sure the idea would be thrilling to him. Instead he's featured prominently in Outrage, a ... More >>

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    April 3, 2009

    Connie Mack IV Will Not Run for Senate in State He Barely Lives In

    If Charlie Crist does not run for Senate, Marco Rubio is officially the luckiest man on Earth. Rep. Connie Mack IV (né Cornelius Harvey McGillicuddy IV), who pulled in decent numbers during early polling mainly because he shares a name with his father, former Sen. Connie Mack III, has decided not t ... More >>

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    March 27, 2009

    Conservatives May Want Rubio To Challenge Crist in Senate Primary

    You would think the Republican party would start trying to find ways to be a more inclusive group. Instead, operating under the assumption that when the democrats make one major screw up, voters will have only one choice to turn to: a newly, ideologically pure Republican party. Now, The Tampa Tribun ... More >>

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