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Top Republican fundraiser vows to do 'everything within my power' to stop Charlie Crist



A guest column in Thursday's Tampa Bay Times from Akshay M. Desai, finance chairman of the Republican Party of Florida:

... I was one of the strongest Crist supporters. Since 1992, I have contributed or personally raised about $2 million for his campaigns. I worked hard because I believed in him and the ideas he espoused. I defended him as others called him an empty suit, an opportunist. I defended him when he supported increased tuition at Florida's universities. I defended him as his hand-picked chairman of the Republican Party of Florida burned through resources and used the party coffers as his personal slush fund. I defended him, and his ambition, at every turn.

A number of my friends asked why I stuck with Crist, and the answer was simple: I stuck with him because of loyalty and friendship. Though I'm a staunch Republican, I do believe in the old adage of voting for the person, not simply the party. Now I ask myself how Crist transformed from a self-proclaimed "Ronald Reagan Republican," "Jeb Bush Republican" and a "true conservative" into an Obama independent. After so many evolutions, it's blatantly obvious that he hasn't evolved at all. ...

I can no longer sit idly by as Crist tries to once again deceive the public into believing that he actually cares. As the finance chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, I make this simple vow: I will do everything within my power to raise enough funds for Floridians to see the true character of Charlie Crist and to ensure he never sets foot in the Tallahassee house on Adams Street as a sitting governor again.

Full column here.


[Last modified: Thursday, September 13, 2012 12:31am]


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