Anti-abortion endorsement puts Crist in corner
The politics of an abortion bill headed to Gov. Charlie Crist's desk became more intriguing with a leading anti-abortion group recently endorsing his U.S. Senate opponent Marco Rubio.
The endorsement itself isn't a surprise, given Crist's evolving position on abortion. But the timing is interesting. It comes as Crist considers a bill to make women view an ultrasound before getting an abortion and ban insurance companies from paying for abortions if they receive government money or tax credits.
In terms of pure politics, the endorsement makes a veto of HB 1143 a more attractive option. Like his veto of SB 6, this one could make him a savior to female abortion-rights supporters in the electorate.
Read the Rubio release below.
National Right to Life PAC Endorses Marco Rubio For Senate
National Right to Life PAC
April 29, 2010
With Florida Governor Charlie Crist's announcement that he will run as an independent in the upcoming election for U.S. Senate, today the political arm of the nation's largest pro-life organization, the National Right to Life Political Action Committee (NRL PAC) endorsed former Florida House Speaker Marcio Rubio for U.S. Senate.
"As Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives, Marco Rubio was a strong advocate for life," said National Right to Life Political Director Karen Cross. "Our endorsement represents Speaker Rubio's unwavering commitment to renewing a culture of life in Florida and throughout the nation."
Governor Crist's decision to run as an independent allows Rubio to capture the Republican nomination in Florida's August 24 primary and sets up a three-way contest in the November general election with Crist, Rubio and pro-abortion Representative Kendrick Meek.
"With his announcement today to run as an independent in the general election, Charlie Crist has simply joined a long line of politicians who are driven by ego, self-delusion, personal aggrandizement and not by what is best for the people," said National Right to Life Hispanic Outreach Director Raimundo Rojas, who resides in Orlando. "In stark contrast, Marco Rubio is a statesman who exemplifies the best of Florida and who will represent all Floridians at every stage of life – we all look forward to the day next year when Marco is sworn in as Florida’s next United States Senator."