When it comes to writing or talking about former Republican Governor Charlie Crist, most politicos including myself, usually don’t know where to start.
It’s always easy to start with the “Republican-turned-Independent-turned Democrat,” or “Charlie Chameleon” when describing the most transformational political candidate of our lifetime.
But while its always fun describing who Crist was, is, or will be, it is always best let Charlie be Charlie, and allow him tell you where he stands on any given day of the week.
As most Floridians know by now, Crist is running for the U.S. Congress against incumbent Rep. David Jolly (R) in Florida’s 13th congressional district. The district leans Democrat because of redistricting that took place in 2012, but Jolly’s centrist voting record has garnered him widespread support among his constituents, including Democrats.
Don’t let anyone tell you different, but this race is tight, real tight.
Both Jolly and Crist have exchanged barbs over the past several months, but now the two, including their supporting PACs, are cutting attack ads in hopes of edging out one another down this election cycle’s homestretch.
The Democratic Party’s House Majority PAC has unveiled their new “One Word” pro-Choice attack ad against Jolly, where the congressman is painted as a fanatical pro-Life, Donald Trump-supporting zealot.
The ad refers to Jolly as being ” out of touch” in regards to a woman’s right to choose, adding that he is also “dangerous” and “backwards.”
Jolly’s vote in the House to defund Planned Parenthood is also mentioned in the ad.
“From opposing a woman’s right to choose to denying women basic health care, David Jolly and Donald Trump both represent a big step backwards for Pinellas County and the country… “Their shared agenda clearly is dangerous, backwards, and out of touch. By every measure, David Jolly is just not for women in FL-13.”-House Majority PAC Executive Director Alixandria Lapp. (SSN)
So, how do you think Jolly’s congressional campaign responded to the ad?
“Mr. Crist’s 30-year political career is hanging on by a thread…. He knows it. We know it. Life without politics is a scary proposition for Mr. Crist.”- Jolly campaign spokesman Max Goodman
Like we mentioned, it is always best to let Charlie speak for himself on any issue in question.
That is exactly what Jolly’s campaign did when they dug deep (2006) and used Crist’s own pro-Life words to respond to the ad.
“Promoting a culture of life is preferable to me than passing laws.”- Charlie Crist, 2006
Again, Jolly’s campaign decided to let Crist speak for himself. Sometimes just listening to someone else describe Crist’s political past is all you need.
Here is Jolly’s “Credibility” attack ad against Crist using a snippet from a past interview with the Palm Beach Post Editorial Board.
Oh, let’s not forget this infamous video taken just a few months before where”pro-Life” and “pro-Gun” Crist changed his voter registration from Republican to Independent during the 2010 U.S. Senate race against now-Senator Marco Rubio (R). Crist said politics is “about trust.”
Crist: “I am pro-life, I am pro-gun, and I am pro-family, and I am anti-tax and I always have been”
This congressional race could be decided by how Rubio does in his Senate re-election bid, and by how well Trump does in bringing out voters who normally don’t come out to vote.