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1001425 2038-01-18 05:00:00.0 UTC 2038-01-18T00:00:00.000-05:00 2009-05-15 22:28:34.0 UTC 2009-05-15T18:28:34.000-04:00 backlash-forming-over-gop-support-for-crist Published 2009-05-23 16:29:52.0 UTC 2009-05-23T12:29:52.000-04:00 news/politics/state DTI 51014240 TALLAHASSEE — A Republican backlash is brewing against the state and national party as they anoint Gov. Charlie Crist's U.S. Senate campaign — thereby leaving out his rival, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio. From South Florida to Tampa Bay, a few county Republican parties are discussing or passing resolutions telling the state party to butt out of the Senate race or any other primary. If the state party presses forward, Crist's election could be rockier than expected and his hand-picked Republican Party of Florida chairman, Jim Greer, could find it tougher to hold on to power. "I like Jim Greer, but the ball is in his court. He needs to level the playing field," said Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein. "If he doesn't level the playing field," Dinerstein said, "we have a serious problem in the Republican Party of Florida and we'll have to straighten it out at our July meeting. The press might want to be there for that." Hillsborough County's Republican Party passed a resolution Thursday demanding the state party remain neutral. Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Pasco and Hernando counties might follow suit. The wave of resolutions was fueled by reports that Greer was talking with Republican higher-ups about whether to invoke party "Rule 11'' to expressly endorse Crist. Greer couldn't be reached for comment. Republican Party of Florida spokeswoman Katie Gordon said the discussions about Rule 11 were preliminary. She downplayed the state party's potential involvement by pointing out that the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Crist's candidacy within minutes of the governor's campaign announcement Tuesday. Greer hasn't pushed for Rule 11, and will take into account the input of county Republicans if they want the state party to remain neutral, Gordon said. Still, she pointed out, Greer is good friends with Crist. "We have a governor who has a demonstrated record, an almost 75 percent approval rating and a very good chance at winning that Senate seat," Gordon said. "Why would we not want to support him?" For his part, Rubio said he just wants Republican leaders to "give me a shot." Right now, polls and insiders suggest Crist will have an easy time dispatching any rival in the 2010 primary or general election. But if the backlash against the party turns into a revolt, the primary might not be the cakewalk for Crist because Florida has closed primaries dominated by the conservative wing of the party. Broward County state Republican Committeeman Ed Kennedy said Crist's embrace of President Barack Obama and his stimulus package cost him points with conservatives. And Palm Beach's Dinerstein said Crist and Greer's decision not to fully back a Republican congressional candidate embittered some party members. But other Republicans, such as Orange County Republican Chairman Lew Oliver, said counties should stay out of the fray. One of the people needed to invoke the rule favoring Crist, national Committeewoman Sharon Day, said she doesn't support the idea. "I think you're seeing a backlash because people were astounded that we would want to do this. Marco Rubio's not David Duke," she said, referring to the former Klansman from Louisiana. "The party faithful just want to have a primary. Marco Rubio is a credible candidate." Times/Herald staff writer Adam C. Smith contributed to this report. Marc Caputo can be reached at mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com By <a href="/writers/marc-caputo">Marc Caputo</a> and Beth Reinhard, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau State,News,Politics,Florida,Mobile Top News Stories Backlash forming over GOP support for Crist CTISCHN Some conservative leaders want the state and national party neutral in the primary. 4STB B Section djkj4jhesw4s djkj4 Senate race creating a tense divide in GOP Tallahassee 1 backlash051609.4st Senate race creating a tense divide in GOP 2009-05-16 04:00:00.0 UTC 2009-05-16T00:00:00.000-04:00 Some Republicans don't like the idea of the state GOP supporting the moderate governor in his U.S. Senate run against Marco Rubio false templatedata/tampabaytimes/StaffArticle/data/2009/05/15/51014240-backlash-forming-over-gop-support-for-crist StaffArticle news,floridaFlorida Newsnews,politicsPoliticsState,News,Politics,Florida,Mobile Top News StoriesState,News,Politics,Florida,Mobile Top News Stories<span style="display:none;" class="author vcard"><span class="fn">MARC CAPUTO</span><span class="fn">BETH REINHARD</span></span><span style="display:none;" class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">Tampa Bay Times</span></span><a rel="item-license" href="/universal/user_agreement.shtml">&#169; 2016 Tampa Bay Times</a><br /><br />Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau 2260781 2016-01-10 17:16:11.0 UTC 7 Months Ago ranchers-cause-not-tactics-gains-support-in-gop-circles news/politics/national Ranchers' cause, not tactics, gains support in GOP circles StaffArticle 2271720 2016-04-03 02:04:36.0 UTC 5 Months Ago gop-senators-revoke-support-for-garland-hearings news/politics/national GOP senators revoke support for Garland hearings StaffArticle 2287802 2016-08-02 16:17:50.0 UTC 4 Weeks Ago obama-challenges-gop-to-drop-support-for-trump news/politics/elections Obama challenges GOP to drop support for Trump StaffArticle <p> TALLAHASSEE — A Republican backlash is brewing against the state and national party as they anoint Gov. Charlie Crist's U.S. Senate campaign — thereby leaving out his rival, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio. </p> <p> From South Florida to Tampa Bay, a few county Republican parties are discussing or passing resolutions telling the state party to butt out of the Senate race or any other primary. </p> <p> If the state party presses forward, Crist's election could be rockier than expected and his hand-picked Republican Party of Florida chairman, Jim Greer, could find it tougher to hold on to power. </p> <p> &quot;I like Jim Greer, but the ball is in his court. He needs to level the playing field,&quot; said Palm Beach County Republican Chairman Sid Dinerstein. </p> <p> &quot;If he doesn't level the playing field,&quot; Dinerstein said, &quot;we have a serious problem in the Republican Party of Florida and we'll have to straighten it out at our July meeting. The press might want to be there for that.&quot; </p> <p> Hillsborough County's Republican Party passed a resolution Thursday demanding the state party remain neutral. Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, Pasco and Hernando counties might follow suit. </p> <p> The wave of resolutions was fueled by reports that Greer was talking with Republican higher-ups about whether to invoke party &quot;Rule 11'' to expressly endorse Crist. </p> <p> Greer couldn't be reached for comment. Republican Party of Florida spokeswoman Katie Gordon said the discussions about Rule 11 were preliminary. She downplayed the state party's potential involvement by pointing out that the National Republican Senatorial Campaign Committee endorsed Crist's candidacy within minutes of the governor's campaign announcement Tuesday. </p> <p> Greer hasn't pushed for Rule 11, and will take into account the input of county Republicans if they want the state party to remain neutral, Gordon said. Still, she pointed out, Greer is good friends with Crist. </p> <p> &quot;We have a governor who has a demonstrated record, an almost 75 percent approval rating and a very good chance at winning that Senate seat,&quot; Gordon said. &quot;Why would we not want to support him?&quot; </p> <p> For his part, Rubio said he just wants Republican leaders to &quot;give me a shot.&quot; </p> <p> Right now, polls and insiders suggest Crist will have an easy time dispatching any rival in the 2010 primary or general election. But if the backlash against the party turns into a revolt, the primary might not be the cakewalk for Crist because Florida has closed primaries dominated by the conservative wing of the party. </p> <p> Broward County state Republican Committeeman Ed Kennedy said Crist's embrace of President Barack Obama and his stimulus package cost him points with conservatives. And Palm Beach's Dinerstein said Crist and Greer's decision not to fully back a Republican congressional candidate embittered some party members. </p> <p> But other Republicans, such as Orange County Republican Chairman Lew Oliver, said counties should stay out of the fray. </p> <p> One of the people needed to invoke the rule favoring Crist, national Committeewoman Sharon Day, said she doesn't support the idea. </p> <p> &quot;I think you're seeing a backlash because people were astounded that we would want to do this. Marco Rubio's not David Duke,&quot; she said, referring to the former Klansman from Louisiana. &quot;The party faithful just want to have a primary. Marco Rubio is a credible candidate.&quot; </p> <p> <i>Times/Herald staff writer Adam C. Smith contributed to this report. Marc Caputo can be reached at mcaputo@MiamiHerald.com</i> </p>trueruntime2016-08-30 05:25:52