November 2, 2010 |
Marco Rubio, a "tea party" movement favorite, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, easily winning a three-way race that included Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party. The victory means a conservative will take over the Senate seat now held by a more moderate Republican. The Senate's division between the major parties won't change, but the GOP will continue its move to the right. Democrat Kendrick Meek, who ran third, waged what has been a traditional Democratic campaign in this midterm cycle, backing the Obama administration's efforts on economic stimulus, healthcare insurance overhaul and Wall Street regulation.
February 7, 2010 |
While everyone studies the political tea leaves from this week's primary election in President Obama's Illinois as the latest sign of Republican vs. Democratic fortunes nationally, take a quick look down at Florida. Here comes the tea party within the GOP! A new Rasmussen Reports Poll last week shows the establishment Republican Gov. Charlie Crist, once a runaway gimme favorite for the Republican Senate nomination this fall, now badly trailing onetime state House Speaker and long-shot nobody Marco Rubio.
January 6, 2010 |
The chairman of the Florida Republican Party abruptly announced his resignation Tuesday, a victory for opponents of Gov. Charlie Crist and activists working to push the GOP in a more conservative, more confrontational direction. Jim Greer, who was placed in the job by Crist in 2007, assailed his critics in a conference call with reporters, saying they had two goals: "Remove me as chairman and, if that doesn't work, burn the house down and try to destroy the Republican Party. "I cannot be a participant in the shredding and tearing of the fabric" of the GOP, said Greer, who plans to step aside in February, well ahead of Florida's Aug. 24 primary election.
April 29, 2010 |
Florida politics are rarely dull. But Thursday, they entered another dimension — the third one. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist's decision to bolt the Republican Party and run for the U.S. Senate as an independent promises to transform the state into a battleground for competing electoral themes that are likely to echo nationwide. Crist, who was badly trailing rival Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination, now plans to face Rubio and the likely Democratic candidate, Rep. Kendrick B. Meek, in November.
November 22, 2010
Jim Morrison, the legendary frontman of the iconic L.A. band The Doors, was guilty of a lot of things on the night of his most notorious concert on March 1, 1969: insulting his audience, performing while inebriated and, worst of all, letting drugs, alcohol, fame and his personal demons snuff out his remarkable artistic gifts. But whether he was guilty of the two misdemeanors for which he was later convicted by a Florida jury ? indecent exposure and public profanity ? is another question.
September 5, 2010 |
It's easy to find people who will say bad things about Charlie Crist. He will "say or do anything to get elected," says Marco Rubio, his Republican rival in the race to be a U.S. senator from Florida. "He's the most evasive politician when it comes to answering questions," growls the Democrat in the race, Rep. Kendrick B. Meek. The incoming president of the Florida Senate, Republican Mike Haridopolos, laments, "There's just no trust. " Especially among the state's political class, there's little love for the Florida governor after he bolted the GOP and became an independent candidate for the Senate.