Carole Jean Jordan on Charlie Crist: Dems Know 'You Can't Trust Him'

By: Jim Turner | Posted: August 29, 2012 3:55 AM
Carole Jean Jordan and Charlie Crist

Carole Jean Jordan and Charlie Crist | Sunshine State News Archives

The hits just keep coming in from the right at the Republican National Convention for Florida’s former GOP governor-flip-flopped-to-Obama-backer, Charlie Crist.

Former Republican Party of Florida Chair Carole Jean Jordan, the current tax collector in Indian River County, didn’t hold back Tuesday when asked about Crist’s endorsement of Obama and his plans to speak at the Democratic National Convention next week.

“I think Charlie Crist is a total embarrassment to himself,” Jordan said while at Innisbrook Resort and Spa in Palm Harbor, where the Florida delegation has been housed. “He’s an embarrassment to the party and to the men and women across this state, and most importantly in this county, Pinellas, who worked endless hours to get him into office.”

Jordan added that she is glad she didn’t have to work with him as governor, as she was replaced as chair after four years at Crist’s urging in 2007 in favor of the now criminally challenged Jim Greer.

“He had a façade that allowed him to become the Republican governor of Florida,” Jordan said.

“He wasn’t a Jeb Bush Republican.  He was way to the left in his governing, he wasn’t’ way to the left in his message when he ran.  He wanted to be a Jeb Bush Republican.  But he wasn’t.”

Jordan, an ‘at-large’ delegate, is just the latest to lay into Crist as delegates convened for the Republican National Convention.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, House Speaker-designate Will Weatherford, R-Wesley Chapel, Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, R-Miami, and Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry have been taking jabs since Crist’s column endorsing Obama appeared Sunday in the Tampa Bay Times.

Jordan said if Crist ran for governor in 2010 instead of U.S. Senate, where he held the early lead but was pushed aside for eventual winner Marco Rubio, R-Miami, many in the party would have supported him, but he still might have found himself usurped for a better candidate.

“I think it would have been interesting to see if a good businessman came in and made a difference,” Jordan said.

She could see Crist -- registered with no party since failing to capture the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate -- running as a Democrat in 2014 against Gov. Rick Scott as billboards for Morgan & Morgan law firm featuring Crist have been appearing across state.

“I imagine (the Democrats) will (run Crist), as they haven’t done well with their picks,” Jordan said. “They’ll get a lot of press with it, but will he win? I don’t think so. I don’t think the Democrats I know are going to vote for Charlie. You can’t trust him.”

Meanwhile, Crist, appearing Tuesday evening on MSNBC, denied that he has his sights set on office, particularly Scott's.

I’m enjoying the private sector very much,” Crist told Chris Matthews.

“I’m going to talk about the fact that I think [President Barack Obama] has been a great leader, that he has really led us in a very difficult time,” Crist said. 

“He inherited a real mess. And the fact that he’s worked across the aisle, I mean, I talked about it earlier, that he helped Florida when I was a Republican and didn’t really care about, you know, the partisanship of it at all. He was very nonpartisan and was a gentleman. One of the things that I really appreciate about him is the demeanor and the way in which he leads.”

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1:49AM SEP 1ST 2012
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10:11AM AUG 30TH 2012
jordon who ? i see she's still on the public payroll !
5:49PM AUG 29TH 2012
I thought Crist jumped ship because he didn't want to sit in the back. But once I read the part where he said President Obama has been a great leader, I realized Crist has taken up a new career as a comedian.
11:32PM AUG 29TH 2012
And I assume you must believe George Bush rates higher than Obama, correct?

Funny, the wide ranging rankings of leadership and their presidencies I've seen that have both of them included, generally put an interim ranking of Obama between 8 and 15, with George Bush coming in around the mid 30's (from multiple sources; multiple criteria).

Funny, Crist's comments appear to be pretty much inline with historians and multiple other sources. You, it appears, are the clown.
8:42AM AUG 30TH 2012
Obama 8-15? Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Jackson, Polk, Lincoln, Grover, McKinley, TR, Wilson, FDR, Truman, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Reagan, and Clinton would probably get higher marks than Obama from most scholars and observers. Obama can certainly go up a few notches but if he goes down in November....he's not making the top 20.
11:37AM AUG 30TH 2012
Take it up with the historians doing the rankings . . . even at 20, he'd rank significantly higher than GW who seems to be in most historians' bottom eight.
11:47AM AUG 29TH 2012
Please let him run as a Democrat. If the Democrats are stupid enough to run him on their ticket, it will be so nice to vote against him again. And watch him lose.
11:36AM AUG 30TH 2012
Yes, Rick Scott's varying 29% to 39% approval rating is going to dominant all comers, isn't it.

More truthiness from within Capitol Circle.
11:03AM AUG 29TH 2012
Boy, the 4th or 5th article on Charlie Crist . . . . someone must be REALLY scared of his throwing support to Obama . . . . nothing like demonizing and throwing your moderates to the other side and then complaining that they're supporting the other side . . . . .

And now, after demonizing moderates in your own party, you somehow believe you'll get independent and moderate votes in November . . . welcome to the disaster that Tea Partyism stridency brings . . .you can't attack moderates, women, blacks, hispanics, teachers, unions, government workers, and non-Christians and expect their political support.

That's just a strategy for losing.

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