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Hint of an indie run? State Rep. says Crist strips Republican references from campaign website.



PolitifactFloridaLogo copy State Rep. Tom Grady, R-Naples, became the latest Charlie Crist backer to jump ship, saying Crist has ditched GOP references on his campaign website.

"This evening, as I reviewed your updated campaign website, I noticed a disheartening fact," Grady wrote in an e-mail on April 20, 2010. "Your website has eliminated all references to our Republican Party, or as you frequently refer to it, the party of Lincoln.

"As a long-time personal friend, I suspected you were considering a break from the party when my recent calls went unanswered. This comes at a time when we clearly differ on what it means to be a conservative with a firm belief in less government, less taxing, less spending and more freedom."

Is Crist's campaign website already tipping his hand? Read PolitiFact Florida's take here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 11:30am]


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