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Nice guy Charlie Crist playing rough trying to get to Washington



People "are tired of the games and the name-calling and the politics of personal destruction," Gov. Charlie Crist declared in April while announcing he would run as a nonpartisan candidate for U.S. Senate. It fit perfectly with Crist's image — the happy warrior, the painstakingly polite everyman, the fellow that Jeb Bush once described as "about the nicest guy I've ever met in politics."

Except Crist's speech on St. Petersburg's waterfront came just after he spent more than $1 million in TV ads casting Republican rival Marco Rubio as a phony, big-spender who shouldn't be trusted. And it preceded millions more in TV spending trashing Rubio as a right-wing extremist who wants to "balance the budget on the backs of seniors." Not to mention the ads calling out Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek for scandal and corruption.

For such a nice guy promising to restore civility in Washington, Crist is playing mighty rough trying to get there. (story here)

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 27, 2010 9:09pm]


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