'Loyalty Oath' Forbids GOP Support For Crist
The Florida Republican Party on Thursday invoked a "Party Loyalty Oath" forbidding its members from supporting Gov. Charlie Crist should he decide to run as an independent in the state's Senate race.In a memo obtained by the Palm Beach Post, GOP General Counsel Jason Gonzalez, who used to be a top lawyer in Crist’s office, informed state party members that there would be severe consequences if they did not rescind all support from the Florida governor:
The Republican Party of Florida requires members of all political party committees organized under the RPOF to abide by a Party Loyalty Oath....Any member who fails to formally revoke his or her public support and request the return of any contributions made to a candidate running against the candidate of the Republican Party would be in violation of the RPOF Rules and would be subject to removal from party office and membership on Republican executive committees.Gonzalez explained that the oath strictly prohibited any "Republican Executive Committee members from supporting any candidate other than the candidate nominated by the voters of the Republican Party through its primary election."The memo surfaces as time ticks down until the deadline for Crist to decide whether he will make an independent run for Senate -- April 30.Via the Palm Beach Post, here's General Counsel Jason Gonzalez's memo in full:
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First of all we have to understand that conservatives don't understand the concept of loyalty. Their more like a pack of wolves. When they sense blood or a weakness even in one of their own pack, they will turn on him and rip him to shreds. That's what happened to Crist and that's what's happening to Senator Graham. Their "sin or weakness" is to try and work in a bipartisan way to address the problems of this country. Meanwhile, republicans like Senator Vitter can visit brothels and gets a pass because they support conservative causes like the Tea Party Groups.
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Gov. Charlie Crist (R...for now) says he's unfazed by yesterday's endorsement of Marco Rubio by former Vice President Dick Cheney.
"Do I look upset?" he told the Palm Beach Post, which caught up with Crist yesterday. "It's just another Washington politician telling Florida what to do. I don't think Floridians appreciate it. It doesn't matter."
The response was just another crazy turn in the Florida Senate election, which has been non-stop entertainment since it began. Check out video of Crist's response from the Palm Beach Post -- chock full of ironic goodness -- after the jump.
Crist, the man who enjoyed the full support of the NRSC before Rubio began to crush him in primary polls, is now taking a page right out of Rubio's book (pre-front runner Rubio that is) and is running as the outsider squaring off against the national establishment. In fact, Crist casting himself as such an establishment outsider these days he might just quit the Republican party all together before the month is out.
Rubio, meanwhile, is criss-crossing the Sunshine State with a host of mainstream Republican leaders like Cheney. His days as an insurgent outsider are long gone.
Check out Crist's take on the Cheney endorsement as caputured the Palm Beach Post's cameras: LinkHere