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Marco Rubio responds to Jim Greer trying to shut him out

"I'd like him to give me a shot. I think I'm a Republican. I've been serving this party as a volunteer since 1991,almost my enture adult life,'' Republican Senate candidate Marco Rubio said of the state party leader's efforts to throw all party support behind Charlie Crist. "I'd like for them to give me a shot, but if he doesn't that's fine. At the end of the day we don't spend a lot of time thinking about it."

And more on this controversy, here's a an excerpt of an e-mail that Broward GOP activist Ana Gomez-Mallada sent urging her county chairman, Charles LaMarca to have the REC condemn Greer's actions:

 Invoking such a rule against a former Speaker of the Florida House, without more, is a heavy-handed attempt at dictatorship. It is an un-American and unworthy usurpation of the right of the people to elect its leaders, and it will not be tolerated. One is left to wonder why Governor Charlie Crist  condones it, being “The People’s Governor”. Endorsing one Republican over another always leads to lingering resentments of the kind that can cost parties and individuals elections. I trust that under your leadership, the Broward County Republican Executive Committee will refrain from the fratricidal sycophancy that let Broward to endorse one Republican over another in the past. We now know how that turned out.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 6:00pm]


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