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Crist isolating himself from old advisers; Rubio is new establishment candidate



Charlie_crist_117873g  Today may be the day we can officially declare Marco Rubio the preferred candidate of the GOP establishment, which of course likes a winner. Politico reports that Eric Cantor is endorsing Rubio: "America needs energetic, smart, responsible leaders to start making sure that Washington once again starts working for the people, and Marco will play a big part in that effort."

Meanwhile, we're hearing more and more longtime friends and advisers of Charlie Crist lament that they no longer know who he's listening and talking to. From today's installment of Crist watch:

As the governor faces one of the toughest decisions of his career, he seems to be isolating himself from friends and political advisers accustomed to frequent phone calls.

"I haven't had one conversation with him about running as an independent despite our long friendship," said Miami lawyer Manny Kadre, a Republican who has hosted Crist fundraisers. "Either he's waiting for the right opportunity or he doesn't want to hear my answer."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:29am]


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