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Charlie Crist's new ad tries to tie Meek, Rubio to corruption



Charlie Crist, straining to hold a place in the three-way battle for U.S. Senate, has released most aggressive attack ad yet. Coming as early voting starts, the ad brings up allegations that Democrat Kendrick Meek did legislative favors for a Miami developer and that Marco Rubio is under investigation for tax issues.

Going after Rubio is nothing new. But the addition of Meek suggests that Crist is losing Democratic support in the race for Senate. Crist needs to hang on to nearly half of all Democrats and half of all independents if he wants to win. And chances are, more and more Democrats are going to continue to come home to Meek as the partisanship of the election season grinds on. (Meek response in the jump)

"After 5 months of obscuring his lifelong conservative record as a 'No Party Affiliated' candidate, Crist has been unable to chip away the Democratic votes he needs to win while Kendrick has consolidated his base. Now, the governor is using the most cynical and desperate Republican attacks to stop the bleeding," said Meek spokesman Adam Sharon. "Desperate and flailing, Charlie Crist will say and do anything to win, including breaking his promise to run a 'positive campaign.' To cover-up his record of higher unemployment and flip-flops, the governor would rather engage in the politics of personal destruction because that’s what he knows how to do best,” said Alex Burgos, Rubio for Senate spokesman. “No matter how much Charlie Crist spends on negative ads, Floridians know that Marco Rubio is the only candidate who will challenge the direction Washington is taking our country and offer a clear alternative. -- Alex Leary and Marc Caputo

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 5:31pm]


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