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Escambia GOP chairwoman apologizes for having Crist as speaker



UPDATE: Chairwoman Moore stressed to Buzz that there is "overwhelming support for Charlie Crist" on the Escambia REC, and that the e-mail was sent only to about five vocal Marco Rubio supporters who were complaining about Crist being the featured speaker. She released a press release that we pasted into comments.


Nothing better illustrates Charlie Crist's sorry standing among the activist GOP base than the following e-mail sent to Panhandle Republicans by Escambia County GOP Chairwoman Susan Moore. Basically, she is apologizing for having the sitting governor and leader of the Florida GOP address Escambia's Lincoln Day dinner and assuring them if they're willing to sit through Crist, they'll have a better shot at bringing in Marco Rubio down the line.

Dear Rubio supporters: 
I wanted to take a moment to dispel some grumblings I've heard recently about the ECREC's Lincoln Day Dinner and put your mind at ease.  First let me say that the ECREC is holding the Lincoln Day Dinner as a fundraiser exclusively for the ECREC.  We were sort of "handed" Governor Crist as our speaker.  He is, after all, the sitting governor of our state and having him as our speaker is neither an overt nor tacit endorsement of his campaign for Senate against Marco Rubio.   
None--absolutely none--of the proceeds go to Governor Crist, nor to his campaign for Senate, nor to the RPOF.  This is a fundraiser for the local Republican Party alone.  Buying a ticket to the Lincoln Day Dinner, even though Governor Crist is the speaker, is a donation to the local party.  We need everyone's support of this event.  Keep in mind that I really want to follow up on this event by having Marco as a featured guest speaker for a huge, elegant dinner event in the spring.  However, if this event is not successful, I will be loathe to put one ounce of effort into planning any other events featuring other speakers, and sadly that includes Marco Rubio. 

Please support the local party at our Lincoln Day Dinner.  Buying a ticket or asking others to buy tickets is not some sort of endorsement of the Governor.  It is simply a way to support our ECREC.  And if we sell this event out, I will be more than happy to devote my whole spring to planning the biggest event in the Panhandle to promote Marco Rubio.  Guaranteed. 
If you have any questions at all, please let me know. 



[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 1:06pm]


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