Republican governor, secret communist

A conservative group goes after Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.

By Alex Koppelman
June 9, 2009 2:25AM (UTC)
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Communist infiltration of the U.S. government has, apparently, gone deeper than anyone dared imagine. Now, even Republican governors are reporting to Soviet masters.

Our warning about the impending socialist apocalypse comes, of course, courtesy of the Club for Growth, an influential conservative group led by Grover Norquist. The organization has nominated Florida Gov. Charlie Crist for its May "Comrade of the Month" award. (Hat tip to GOP 12.) The nomination reads:

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Crist signed a no-tax pledge when he was running for governor of Florida a few years ago. Now, as the state's top elected official, he has proceeded to break that very pledge by signing a tax hike into law last week as part of the state budget. But Crist didn't stop there. Earlier this week, he signed another tax hike ... this time a 20% tax increase on businesses. Crist sure is some "Republican."

Crist faces some tough competition for the honor: Also in the running are "unknown San Francisco bureaucrat"; Reps. Henry Waxman, D-Calif., and Ed Markey, D-Mass.; and Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa.

Really, what this demonstrates is the continuing difficulty the GOP has with groups like the Club for Growth. It was the organization's Pat Toomey who pushed Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter out of the Republican Party, and now it's pushing a primary fight against Crist, who's running for Senate and is popular enough that he'd be a virtual lock in the general election. Politico's Charles Mahtesian notes, "Over the past month, the Club has issued eight press releases and exactly half of them have dinged Crist."


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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