Politics

Diaz-Balart Brothers Mysteriously Retract Endorsement of Charlie Crist

It's no secret that Reps. Lincoln and Mario Diaz-Balart are, in congressional Republican terms, more moderate guys. So it didn't raise many eyebrows when they endorsed Gov. Charlie Crist for Senate back in July over fellow Miami-Dade Cuban Republican Marco Rubio. They did practically the same thing in 2004, endorsing Bill McCollum over Mel Martinez.

But now they've retracted their support for Crist. The reason: "We take our endorsements seriously, but the governor knows why we withdrew and he left us with no alternative," Lincoln Diaz-Balart said.

How vague.

Though, this doesn't mean they brothers are going to endorse Rubio. Their spokesman tells Naked Politics that they don't plan on endorsing anyone. Miami-Dade's other Republican Rep, Ileana Ros-Lehtinene has also previously announced she won't endorse anyone, not even in the general election, despite the fact Rubio started his political career as an intern in her office.

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Kyle Munzenrieder