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Barone: Don't run for senate, Charlie



Michael Barone: If I were advising Crist, I’d advise him not to run for the Senate. Voters can sniff out when an officeholder doesn’t really want the job he’s seeking, and nothing in Crist’s career suggests he has any particular interest in serving in the Senate. His high job ratings are based on his performance as governor, and indicate that he’s a shoo-in for a second term; he probably won’t have any serious opposition, since the state’s highest-profile Democrat, CFO Alex Sink, has indicated she won’t run against him. But National Republican Senate Committee Chairman John Cornyn would probably like to see Crist run for the Senate. He would be a heavy favorite in what is otherwise very much an open race in a state that is very expensive to campaign in. The Democratic Senate Campaign Committee has been outraising the NRSC by huge margins in recent cycles, and there’s every reason to believe it will be able to pour far more money into Florida than the national Republicans will.

Never showed interest in serving for the senate? How about the fact that Crist ran for the job in 1998?

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 7:37pm]


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