This day in Crist-ory
Been off the grid for a couple weeks, but I've come to enjoy my daily emails from the Florida GOP ridiculing Charlie Crist for allegedly flip-flopping on long-held positions now that he's a Democrat.
I'm not so sure they're effective, but still worth reading and posting for the benefit of political junkies interested in the daily messaging by the Florida GOP (Whose communications shop, btw, has done a terrific job lately exploiting bone-headed Democratic moves (like not allowing Nan Rich to speak at this weekend's JJ dinner and an Orwellian/small tent party proposal by Florida House Democrats enabling the sanctioning of members who stray from official caucus positions).
Here's today's installment, focusing on education policy:
DOES CHARLIE STILL LOVE
As Liberal Dems Promise To Review Crist's Record On Education, A Look Back To 2002
DEMS' PROGRESSIVE CAUCUS WILL REVIEW ALL DEM CANDIDATES' STANCES ON EDUCATION
Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, Having Already Attacked Crist, Promises To Review All Dem Candidates' Stances On Issues Like Education.
"The state Democratic Party's Progressive Caucus, meanwhile, has announced it will issue analyses of the three candidates' stances on gun rights, reproductive rights, education and possibly the environment. The first installment, on gun rights, criticizes Crist ..." (William March, "Shaky Democratic Governor's Race Could Benefit Crist," The Tampa Tribune, 6/8/13)
BUT ON THIS DAY IN CRIST-ORY - JUNE 13, 2002: CRIST STOOD RIGHT BEHIND GOV. JEB BUSH AS STATE ANNOUNCED EXPANSION OF SCHOOL VOUCHERS
CLICK HERE TO SEE PDF OF JUNE 13, 2002 EDITION OF NORTHWEST FLORIDA DAILY NEWS TO SEE COMMISSIONER OF EDUCATION CHARLIE STAND BEHIND GOV. JEB BUSH ANNOUNCING 8,900 STUDENTS BEING "ELIGIBLE FOR PRIVATE SCHOOL VOUCHERS"
LEADING DEMOCRATS ATTACKED SCHOOL CHOICE AS "FAILURE OF LEADERSHIP"
Then-Florida Democratic Party Chairman Bob Poe: "The Reemergence Of ... Private School Vouchers Across Florida Shows Jeb Bush Has A Long Way To Go To Meet The Higher Standards Florida Expects From A True Education Governor ..." (Mark Hollis, "'F' Grades Mean More Vouchers," The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 6/13/2002)
Then-Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Janet Reno: "[This Is] A Failure Of Leadership ... Taking Dollars Out Of Those Public Schools For Voucher Programs Is Not The Answer." (Mark Hollis, "'F' Grades Mean More Vouchers," The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 6/13/2002)
Alan Stonecipher, Spokesperson For Then-Dem Gubernatorial Candidate Bill McBride: "[This] Cuts Negatively For Bush On The Whole [Because He Has] Presented The State As Moving Forward On Education, And Now, That's A Tougher Argument To Make." (Mark Hollis, "'F' Grades Mean More Vouchers," The Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, 6/13/2002)