Governor Charlie Crist, who’s currently running for Florida’s Senate seat, is in serious trouble. Not only is he trailing his challenger for the nomination of the Republican Party, Marco Rubio, in the polls, but he’s now also publicly criticized by Republican big shots, such as his predecessor former Governor Jeb Bush:
I am disappointed by the veto of Senate Bill 6. By taking this action, Governor Crist has jeopardized the ability of Florida to build on the progress of the last decade, which includes raising student achievement across the board, narrowing the achievement gap for poor and minority students, and improving graduation rates. Florida’s sustained improvement is the result of bold reforms that were challenging, controversial and sometimes even unpopular. Reform is hard work but without a commitment to change, Florida would not be 8th in the nation today.
Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) also weighed in, warning Crist not to run as an Independent. If he does, Cornyn said, he can kiss his career in the GOP goodbye:
“I would think that would be the end of his political career as a Republican,” Cornyn, chairman of the NRSC, told POLITICO. “So I doubt that will happen. My hope is that this is all resolved in the Republican primary by Florida voters.”
If that isn’t a threat, I don’t know what is.
It will be interesting to see which path Crist chooses: Will he drop out of the race, run as an Independent, or will he die (career-wise, at least) trying to win his party’s nomination despite the odds?