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Club For Growth Action goes on Florida radio to bash Crist's U.S. Sugar 'bailout'

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Club For Growth Action said today that it is running a radio ad in Florida criticizing Gov. Charlie Crist's "bailout deal for U.S. Sugar" as part of a plan to buy Everglades land. The conservative group bases the attack on this New York Times story.

 “Tell Charlie Crist that taxpayers need his help more than U.S. Sugar," it urges. (audio and script in jump)

The 60-second ad began running late last week in the I-4 corridor, Club For Growth Action said. The ad refers to a "billion-dollar bailout," but the deal has been cut from $1.75 billion (180,000 acres) to $536 million (73,000 acres).

The Club For Growth PAC has endorsed Crist's U.S. Senate rival, Marco Rubio. The New York Times piece took a critical look at the financing of the deal, the role of lobbyists and even George LeMieux, Crist's former chief of staff turned interim U.S. senator. The NYT editorial board, however, later called it a good deal

SCRIPT: “We know all about the disastrous bailouts coming from Washington. First Wall Street, then the auto companies – taxpayers left holding the bag for billions of dollars. But now we learn about a massive bailout right here in Florida, engineered by our own governor, Charlie Crist. “That’s right. In a front-page exposé, the New York Times uncovered the truth about Charlie Crist’s billion-dollar bailout for U.S. Sugar. Crist claimed it was to save the Everglades. But the Times examined thousands of state e-mail messages and official records and found that Charlie Crist’s decisions were bad for the Everglades and terrible for taxpayers.” "Former Gov. Jeb Bush called the sugar bailout ‘deeply disappointing.’ A giant sugar company gets to wipe all the debts from its books, while Floridians are on the hook for over half-a-billion dollars. "Tell Charlie Crist that taxpayers need his help more than U.S. Sugar.”

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:25pm]

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