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Nan Rich fundraises off Charlie Crist's Jeb praise



In listening to Democrat Charlie Crist's media blitz over the past week or so, it seems the former governor can't help but positively reference his predecessor, Republican Jeb Bush.

That's not just irking Bushies, who say Crist has "zero credibility." It bothers Democrats who support Crist's chief rival in the gubernatorial primary, former state Sen. Nan Rich.

So Rich is fundraising off of it in a pitch made by the last Democrat to hold the governorship, Buddy MacKay:

Did you hear or read what Charlie Crist recently said about Jeb Bush?  It’s hard to believe – but, sadly, it’s true.

When a radio host asked Charlie Crist if Jeb Bush would be a good president Crist said “Yeah, I think he probably would. He made a great governor…” (Click here to read the story.)

I can’t understand how Crist, or any real Democrat, could think that Bush’s policies -- policies that hurt our public schools, the environment, and especially the middle class – made him a “great” governor.

Frankly, it was frustrating for me to watch Jeb Bush undo so much of the good that Lawton Chiles and I worked to achieve as the last Democratic Governors of Florida.

I want a real Democrat in Tallahassee because I believe that staying true to Democratic principles is the right path for Florida. That is why I'm standing with Nan Rich, and I hope you will too.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 13, 2014 9:41am]


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