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The Fla GOP's nebulous, pointless question for Charlie Crist



The Republican party of Florida has been sending out a bunch of news releases in recent weeks demanding to know where Charlie Crist, Nan Rich and Alex sink stand on Rick Scott's vow to cut another $500-million in taxes. But how does one answer that question withough Gov. Scott explaining what taxes and how he'll pay for them? Everyone likes the idea of cutting $500-million in taxes until the details come out. Does he propose cutting cigarette taxes or vehicle registration fees (both raised under Crist)? What if only select businesses see a tax cut, while budgets for child protection services take a hit?

For reporters, the first question is what is Scott's tax-cutting plan. The next question is does Crist and/or Rich support or oppose it.

Today, the Florida GOP rolled out an old ad Crist and the GOP used against Jim Davis in the 2006 governor's race. The ad bashes Davis as a liberal tax raiser while noting that Crist wanted to double the homestead exemption, supports the sales tax holiday and fights price gougers and utility companies. Crist may be a Democrat today, but there's zero evidence so far that he's backing away with any of those populist tax and consumer policies that he campaigned on as a Republican in 2006.

[Last modified: Monday, September 23, 2013 12:22pm]


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