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Is Crist about to run anti-Hispanic campaign?



It seems worth asking, given the way the governor shrugged off the ugly comments from a supporter, Col. Bud Day.


"You know, we just got through (electing) a politician who can run his mouth at Mach 1, a black one, and now we have a Hispanic who can run his mouth at Mach 1," Day said of Rubio's to the Northwest Florida Daily News.

Charlie Crist's reaction?: "Everyone has a right to their analysis and how they think somebody performs in office."

Here was campaign manager Eric Eikenberg's reaction: "The colonel has a right to his freedom of speech."

Meanwhile, Crist's media consultant, Stu Stevens, is raising eyebrows in California for the anti-illegal immigrant ads he created for Steve Poizner's gubernatorial campaign. See here and here.

Eikenberg dismissed the notion Crist's campaign would in any way try to capitalize on bigotry or antagonize Hispanic voters.

"Not at all. We have tremendous Hispanic support and it's support that continues to grow,'' he said.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:25am]


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