Outing Rubio on CBIRs doesn't get guv off the hook
Politicians who live in glass mansions shouldn't throw stones. But here comes Charlie Crist
accusing Marco Rubio of loading up on pork through Community Budget Issue Requests.
Shocked? Hardly. Crist, as a former state senator, knows the CBIR game. Legislators shamelessly use the system to fund pet projects outside the usual budget channels.
Back waxing on Greta Van Susteren's show
In a bizarre 11-minute interview with Fox's Greta Van Susteren Monday night, Gov. Charlie Crist got off on a tangent about back-waxing. Here's what he said about GOP rival Marco Rubio:
CRIST: It has come out in news accounts he had a Republican Party of Florida credit card that he charged $130 haircut, or maybe it was a back wax -- we are not sure what all he got at that place.
GRETA: Wait a second, stop. A back wax? Wait a second.
CRIST: I don't know what it was, you know?
Rep. Miller likens governor to Arlen Specter. Ouch!
U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Pensacola, isn't mincing words about the increasingly nasty Senate battle between Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist.
In an op-ed in the Miami Herald, which Miller also excoriates, the congressman from Florida's First District, stated:
"Let us be clear: This entire AmEx story is a ridiculous sideshow; a distraction manufactured by Gov. Charlie Crist's campaign in an attempt to smear Rubio. Crist has fallen far behind in the polls. His staff is starting to quit his campaign. And there's even talk of Crist himself quitting the Republican Party. He is getting desperate. And he's on the attack.
"Marco's American Express statements had to have been taken from the Republican Party of Florida by former RPOF Chairman Jim Greer and likely leaked to The Miami Herald by the Crist campaign.
"What the statements show is that Rubio worked hard to advance the goals of the Republican Party, and he did it as frugally as possible. He spent less in two years than Crist's handpicked RPOF staff spent in one month...
Florida delegation sees 'no clear vision for future exploration'
Led by U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, Florida’s congressional delegation sent a letter to President Barack Obama assailing the administration's proposed 2011 budget for NASA.
The lawmakers' letter expressed concern that “the plan NASA has laid out fails to provide a manageable transition of the workforce” and “is likely to repeat the mistakes that plagued Florida at the end of the Apollo program” which resulted in the loss of thousands of jobs and serious adverse economic hardships for the state.
There's been no love lost between the president and the Brevard County Republican, who's been branded a "birther" for his early, persistent questioning of Obama's birth certificate -- or lack thereof. Posey has introduced legislation that would require all future presidents to submit a verified copy of their birth certificate as a condition of taking office.
Dockery, McCollum agree on health-care resolution
Playing to populist, Tea Party roots, Republican gubernatorial candidate Paula Dockery endorsed a trio of state's rights bills today.
The state senator from Lakeland issued a statement, declaring, “I am proud to announce my support today for three legislative efforts that I have co-sponsored to fight the federal government’s attempts to turn the 50 sovereign states into puppet states.
Texas governor blows away the competition
Texas Gov. Rick Perry cruised to victory this week in securing the Republican nomination for a third term. Garnering an outright majority -- 51 percent -- in a three-way race that featured popular U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, Perry provided more fuel for the anti-Washington mood that prevails across the country.
Perry's success also stands in stark contrast to the diminishing fortunes of Florida Gov. Charlie Crist.
Crist's 'special adviser' steps in it
Did Charlie Crist have class warfare on his mind when he appointed Adora Obi Nweze "Special Advisor to the Governor on Minority Affairs"?
Gubernatorial candidate caught up in the crossfire
Call Paula Dockery a collateral casualty in the squabble for the name and control of Florida's Tea Party.
The state senator from Lakeland lags Attorney General Bill McCollum in her bid for the Republican gubernatorial nomination. And whether she's the victim of not-so-friendly fire or a self-inflicted wound, the Tea Party battle is not helping her candidacy.
On one side is longtime Dockery associate Doug Guetzloe. He and Orlando lawyer Frederic O'Neal last year registered the Tea Party as a Florida political party. On the other side are Tea Party activists who sued the pair.
Dockery, fashioning herself as a populist, credits Guetzloe with getting her into the race. But instead of gaining traction with the Tea Party movement, she's found herself caught in the crossfire -- and losing GOP support in the process.
A sweeping anti-immigration measure filed by Sen. Carey Baker, R-Eustis, could have the dubious distinction of being the legislation least likely to pass for the 2010 session. SB 856 has more committee references than any other bill filed so far this year.