Republican homebuilder Carlos Beruff is the last man standing against Senator Marco Rubio in Florida’s Republican senatorial primary race.Since Rubio first announced that he was going to run for re-election to the U.S. Senate, Lt. Governor Carlos Lopez-Cantera, Rep. Ron DeSantis (R) and ex-CIA officer Todd Wilcox, all dropped out of the contested primary race and endorsed him.
But not Carlos Beruff, who has vowed to challenge Rubio in the GOP senate primary.
Both Rubio and Beruff are of Cuban-descent and claim to be conservative at heart, and both support keeping the embargo in place.
Beruff claims to be pro-life like Rubio, but a recent Weekly Standard story pointed to the fact that back in 2006, Beruff donated $4200 to uber pro-abortion Congresswoman Christine Jennings (D).
The Weekly Standard questions Beruff’s position on “life.”Beruff’s website doesn’t mention abortion explicitly, but it offers his views on the issue of “Life.”
There is nothing more foundational to my worldview than my belief in the sanctity of every human life. As a father of two with a third on the way, this is not a political issue, it’s a personal one. Unfortunately, for the last seven years, we’ve had a President that’s shown complete disregard for the sanctity of life and a Congress that’s been too afraid to stand up to him. We need leaders in Washington who aren’t afraid to stand up for their principles and no principle is as important as the sanctity of life.
After the story posted, Team Beruff sent the follow rebuttal statement:
“Carlos is pro-life and any attempt to claim otherwise is a blatant lie. He made a donation to a personal friend more than a decade ago.”-Chris Hartline, Communications director.
But Jennings isn’t the only Democrat Beruff has donated to.Now a Democrat, but not before becoming a Independent, and certainly not before first leaving the Republican Party, Charlie Crist received several donations from Beruff. So, to be clear, Beruff gave to Republican Charlie, not Democrat Charlie, but get what I mean.
Beruff has been taking shots at Rubio and even compared him to his old nemesis Crist.
But after six years of not doing his job in Washington, it appears that Marco Rubio has become what he once campaigned against – a moderate Republican insider, controlled by the establishment, who has lost touch with Florida values.
But just like in 2010, Washington Republicans don’t get to decide who the people of Florida get to vote for. And it’s not just us saying it…
Marco Rubio: “The Republican Party hasn’t endorsed Charlie Crist. Some Republican leaders have endorsed Charlie Crist. But the Party doesn’t belong to them. They don’t win the elections. You [the voters] win the elections.”-Beruff email release
And according to the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Beruff stuck by Crist even as he was crossing over to being an Independent.
Rubio and affiliated PAC’s will surely attempt to make the distinction that Beruff is no different than the ultimate political chameleon Charlie Crist, and is really the one seeing Crist in the mirror, and not Rubio.
As for Crist, he will have his hands full against Rep. David Jolly. Jolly is running for re-election to his congressional seat and Crist stands in his way. Expect the entire weight of the GOP to come down on Crist.