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Crist FB friends not all so friendly



A recent poll shows Gov. Charlie Crist's approval rating dropping. There are whispers of a Chamber poll showing Marco Rubio gaining ground in the U.S. Senate race. County straw polls continue to go in Rubio's favor. His radio ads are getting panned by DJs.

And then there is the matter of Crist's Facebook 'friends.' The random comments on a Facebook page are surely no scientific measure of popularity or potential votes, but Crist's page is notable for the fact that there are detractors among his more than 7,000 'supporters' -- and they are not shy about using the social networking forum to make their displeasure known.

The latest photo album, for example, highlighting Crist's September events, drew 12 comments, the first being a snarky "Where is solar Florida???? Where are our solar panels???" by Karen Landers. Bill Pelleya followed up with "Where is the photo of Charlie on stage with Barack Obama?" Many others offered Crist support. Democrat Donald F. MerselI wrote that he voted for Crist, lauded his bipartisanship and urged him to support health care reform.

Crist's status update touting his $6.2-million in campaign fundraising generated this from Margarete Tober: "Guess your latest choice for judge is intended to get u a little more money. I used to respect you Charlie--no more."

Monday's post, where Crist's status says he is "looking forward to speaking to the Republican Club of Lakeland," drew several positive comments and a few not so nice. Bill Sheffield wrote: "I guess you'll be standing with Obama on the health care bill also," and Kristian Kreger scoffed: "Still has nothing to say on the critical issues. Will we ever know?" Another attacked him personally.

Unlike his Republican opponent, Rubio, Crist does not update his own FB or Twitter accounts. Someone from the campaign does. Rubio has a campaign page on FB and a personal page, which he has long used as a political forum for voicing his conservative views. The comments and postings on his page tend to be so supportive and passionate, they could be described as fawning.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 2:23pm]


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