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Charlie Crist's betrayal of Vern Buchanan



The Florida GOP released the following today in response to Charlie Crist endorsing Democrat Keith Fitzgerald for congress over Vern Buchanan:

Two Faces of Charlie Crist: Part III

The Betrayal

Statement from RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry:

 "Another day, another friend betrayed by Charlie Crist and his blind ambition.  It would be funny if it weren't so sad to watch Crist, a self described pro-life, pro-gun, pro-family, anti-ObamaCare conservative, abandoning his friends who he endorsed and raised money for to embrace people and values he has opposed his entire political career.  This is just another sad but clear example of the two faces of Charlie Crist."
  Two Faces of Charlie Crist | Buchanan Edition

Charlie Crist Endorsed Buchanan and Financially Supported Buchanan's 2006 Congressional Campaign:

Crist Endorsed Buchanan for Congress in 2005

 "Buchanan spoke about the importance of tort reform and trumpeted his support from Manatee County Sheriff Charlie Wells; state Rep. Bill Galvano, R-Bradenton; Attorney General and Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist; U.S. Rep. Mark Foley; and U.S. Sen. Mel Martinez. He also said his campaign had raised almost $600,000 in its first quarter." (Majors, Stephen, "Bennett laments Harris attacks," Bradenton Herald, 10/8/05)

 Crist Donated $1,000 to Buchanan's 2006 Congressional Campaign.

 "But Crist has waded into heated primary battles in Sarasota before, even before he was elected governor. In 2005, while he was the state attorney general, Crist donated $1,000 to Vern Buchanan's campaign for congress though Buchanan was facing a stiff challenge from Detert and former Sarasota County GOP chairman Tramm Hudson." (Wallace, Jeremy, "In unusual move, Crist goes to bat in a state contest," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 7/31/08)

In 2008, Crist Stumped for Buchanan and Helped Raise Campaign Fund's for His Re-Election Campaign:

Crist Stumped for Buchanan's Re-Election Bid in 2008.  

"The guv will be joining U.S. Rep Vern Buchanan at a re-election rally tomorrow at 6 p.m. at Dolphin Aviation in Sarasota." (Smith, Adam, Buzz Blog,, Posted 8/13/08)

Crist Also Attended Campaign Fundraisers for Buchanan in 2008.  

"Crist is coming back to Sarasota for another fundraiser this week.  He is scheduled to be in Sarasota on Thursday to help Buchanan in his re-election bid. The two will hold a fundraising rally starting at 5 p.m. at Dolphin Aviation, 8191 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota. Tickets are $10 at the door. To R.S.V.P., call 953-6060.  Crist later will attend a private fundraiser for Buchanan at the Five Points Penthouse, 50 Central Ave., Sarasota, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m."(Wallace, Jeremy, "Return to Sarasota," Sarasota Herald-Tribune, 8/11/08)

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