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    TALLAHASSEE — As Republican hopes appear to be fading nationally, Gov. Charlie Crist stands out as one of the country’s most popular GOP officials. But it’s not clear how much he can do, or is willing to do, to help presidential candidate John McCain win in Florida.

    Despite dismal economic times, Crist’s popularity has stayed well over 50 percent since he took office in 2007. He single-handedly carried the Amendment One property tax cut to passage in January and his endorsement of McCain is largely credited for pushing the Arizona senator to a game-ending primary victory in Florida.
    Asked last week how much time he planned to invest campaigning for McCain until Nov. 4, Crist demurred.

    “I’ll be involved, but my first duty is to the people of Florida, to be their governor and I take that role very, very seriously,” he said. “So when I have time to be able to help, I’ll try to do that, but I know where my first loyalty is to and it’s to the 20 million people that live in the state that I love.”

    Senate Democratic leader Steve Geller, D-Hallandale Beach, is a longtime friend of Crist’s. Geller said McCain would win Florida had McCain tapped Crist as running mate.

    “I do believe that Charlie would have been probably enough to take Florida off the table,” he said. “I believe that Obama will carry Florida by three or four points, and I believe that Charlie could have picked up five to 10.”

    But without Crist on the ticket, Geller said the governor can do “nothing” to help McCain. “Popularity is not as transferable as people would like to think,” he said.

    Brian Ballard is one of McCain’s top Florida fundraisers and was part of Crist’s tight inner circle during the 2006 gubernatorial campaign.
    Ballard said Crist’s public presence can help McCain “a great deal.”
    “His popularity runs exactly where John McCain needs it, with conservative Republicans all the way to moderate Democrats and independents,” said Ballard. “(Crist’s polling) numbers are highest when you look at independent voters in Florida and that’s what we have to draw from.”

    Matthew Corrigan, a political science professor at the University of North Florida, said Crist can help McCain’s grassroots efforts with his own “campaign machinery.”

    McCain’s Florida campaign is being managed by Arlene DeBenigno, a former Crist deputy chief of staff who worked on the 2006 campaign and managed the Amendment One effort. But Corrigan said Crist’s involvement is “not a game-changer” given the overwhelming economic news that has torched McCain’s campaign.

    “I don’t care how popular a governor you are, you can’t compete with the headlines that say the Dow is at 8,000,” said Corrigan. “Everything plays second fiddle to that.”

    Few deny the campaigning magic of Crist, who works a crowd with a deft touch.

    But Crist’s trademark, feel-good message of bipartisanship is an awkward fit with the McCain/Palin attacks on Obama as a liberal who consorts with domestic terrorists. Crist traveled with Palin last week as she fired up devoted Republicans by tying Obama to William Ayers, the founder of the Weather Underground who bombed government buildings in Vietnam War protests in the 1960s.

    Obama has sternly repudiated Ayers’ past and said he was not aware of his history during their brief work together in Illinois. Asked what he thought about Palin’s attacks while he traveled with her last week, Crist declined to weigh in.
    “Well, you know, everybody runs their campaign the way they think is the best to run it,” he said. “What I am proud of is the job that she did in Florida as it relates to getting out the message, firing up the base.”
    Ballard said that mudslinging is not Crist’s strength, nor does it have to be to help McCain in Florida.
    “It’s just not his style. It doesn’t work for him. I don’t think he’s concerned about what they’re doing,” said Ballard.
    As the state’s top Republican, Crist will almost certainly make the campaign rounds for McCain. But he is also turning his attention to legislative races even though there is virtually no chance Republicans will lose control of Tallahassee.

    Crist will appear at a “grassroots rally” next weekend in Orlando without McCain at a state Republican meeting. And he is expected to hit the campaign trail in the coming weeks with a focus on legislative seats as he travels with House and Senate leaders around the state.

    How much can Crist do to help McCain? | Gainesville.com | The Gainesville Sun | Gainesville, FL

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    good, to bad he doesn't think more like former Govenor Miliken of Michigan and denounce him.

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    Seems there are a bunch of Republicans who don't want to be seen with McCain on the campaign trail, like Norm Coleman of Minnesota.

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    The more the merrier for us!

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    When did Brother Jeb get voted out? Or did he not go for another term?
    'Those who sacrifice liberty for security deserve neither.' Ben Franklin

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    ^2 terms was enough of Old Jeb.

    Let's hope he doesn't run for President in 2012.

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    he had his two terms...1999-2007, and in August 2008 got a job with Lehman Brothers
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    isnt crist a flaming closetcase
    I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.

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    Yes. But he's still engaged and is supposed to get married during the Christmas holidays.

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    he had his two terms...1999-2007, and in August 2008 got a job with Lehman Brothers

    The Lehman Brothers? Well, I guess that explains a few things.
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    he had his two terms...1999-2007, and in August 2008 got a job with Lehman Brothers
    He had to-he has a family and mistress to support.
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    He has a mistress? Hmmmm....
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    Smart Republicans know that it's time to jump ship or go down with McCain and Palin. Moderate Republicans know it's political suicide to be associated with the far right nutjobs that love Palin. McCain is going to find that out the hard way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    he had his two terms...1999-2007, and in August 2008 got a job with Lehman Brothers

    LOL - I can see he has followed in his brother's footsteps of his anti-Midas touch

    But I think the Bush name is seriously damaged and even if he is the so called smarter one - I doubt most people will want another Bush in office.

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