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Marco Rubio allies say Charlie Crist is really mean



Either Charlie Crist's campaign is repeatedly showing its willingness to hit below the belt, or Marco Rubio's allies are a bunch of crybabies, or maybe both. Twice in recent days the Rubio campaign or its surrogates have cried foul over comments made by team Crist. First came the horror over Sen. Mike Fasano calling Rubio a "slick package from Miami."

Yesterday came Crist's eyebrow-raising quote about Rubio to the AP: "The other guy has been running around the state, he does it all day long. I have no idea how he feeds his family when he does this all day long, but I know how I feed my family, by working for you being your governor."

The quote (coming the same day Rubio lamented in Pinellas missing his four-year-old son's T-ball game) was a little unusual for a 53-year-old man who's never made a mortgage payment or raised children, and it mightily ticked off Angelette Aviles, a Tampa consultant and Rubio organizer: What was Charlie thinking when he brought up his opponent’s “family” during his first campaign swing in the state of Florida? Why should the dynamics of one’s family personal decision be of any importance during a campaign?

Women can look at this and assume Crist is a “machismo” believing women are incapable of providing for themselves and their children, especially single mothers. Hispanics can look at this and say he is clueless to the fact that Hispanic families are large and supportive of one another in good times and in bad…mi casa es su casa, remember?

Rubio campaign spokesman Alex Burgos adds his two cents: "If only Charlie Crist had been as concerned about Marco's family when he condemned his children's generation to pay for the failed $787-billion stimulus."

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:18pm]


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