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Crist's 'pay to play' charge against Rubio is Barely True, PolitiFact Florida rules



More than halfway through Tuesday's U.S. Senate debate, Charlie Crist implied -- without saying, of course -- that Marco Rubio might have sold a vote on automobile insurance legislation to a chiropractor in 2007 whose mother bought his house.

"There's an expression in Washington called 'pay to play,'" Crist said, after pivoting away from a question about Jim Greer, the former Republican Party of Florida chairman whom Crist supported and who is now indicted on fraud and grand theft charges.

PolitiFact Florida took a look and rated the claim Barely True.

This is an interesting case study in politics. Let's start by stating the obvious. Rubio would have been better off selling his house to someone other than the mother of a chiropractor who was trying to get him to extend personal injury protection. It seems odd. But, other than perception, there are no obvious glaring red flags about the sale. He got a good price, it seems, but not an outrageous one based on the comparable sales we examined.

More here.

[Last modified: Thursday, October 21, 2010 4:00pm]


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