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Crist campaign responds to Thrasher, smacks Rubio

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Crist campaign spokesman Danny Kanner: "Given Marco Rubio is the candidate in this race who's under federal investigation for failing to report income to the IRS, it's probably best that the party bosses stop playing the same old political games and take a hard look at their own nominee before attacking the one truly independent candidate for U.S. Senate."

It's worth noting that federal investigators were reviewing multiple officials connected to the state GOP credit card scandal and the Ray Sansom scandal. GOP fundraiser Al Hoffman said federal investigators interviewed him and were particularly interested in Crist campaign spending by the party.

Rubio has said no investigator has contacted him about anything, and campaign spokesman Alex Burgos scoffed at the Crist statement: "Everyone knows Charlie Crist will say and do anything to win. Now he's trying to distract attention from the fact that his hand-picked Republican Party chairman has been indicted, his close friend Scott Rothstein is heading to jail, and Charlie Crist sits at the center of all of it."

The Florida Democratic party had demanded the audit be released, but today spokesman Eric Jotkoff took the high road, sort of: "Because today is a day to remember those who lost their lives nine years ago on the tragic day of 9/11/2001, unlike the Rick Scott Republicans who are using today for partisan attacks, we are focused on honoring the first responders and troops who keep Florida safe."

[Last modified: Thursday, October 7, 2010 6:28pm]

    

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