Rick and Crist Rely on Perry and Carole in Governor's Race

By: Kevin Derby | Posted: April 26, 2014 3:55 AM
Rick Perry and Carole Crist

Rick Perry and Carole Crist

The two leading candidates in the Florida gubernatorial contest -- Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist -- relied on surrogates this week to reinforce their campaign messages.

Scott got some help from a longtime ally as Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, took a break from his efforts to lure jobs to the Lone Star State. He went to bat for his fellow Republican governor. In New York for much of this week, Perry, who is weighing making a second bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016, hit the national airwaves, appearing on several talk shows.

During his appearance on “Your World” on Fox News Wednesday, Perry weighed in on his challenge to debate Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., and offered praise to Scott and other Republican governors. Perry is in New York promoting Texas’ business climate and encouraging businesses based in the Empire State to look at relocating.

“There’re two issues going on here; I don’t make any apologies that I am a competitive governor and I come in to California, Illinois, or any other state,” Perry said. “Just as Bobby Jindal and Rick Scott come into Texas and say hey, we’d like for you to take a look at Louisiana or take a look at Florida. Those are two really competitive governors out there and there’s a host of others who are very competitive.

"I mean, what Mary Fallin does, Susana Martinez, Nikki Haley -- I mean those are governors that get it about tax, regulatory, legal policies and having a skilled workforce in place and making your state be competitive. I happen to think that our Founding Fathers knew what they were talking about when they discussed that 10th Amendment and said the federal government is supposed to do a few things and do it very well, enumerate those powers, and you states work out all these other things -- which says to me, let’s compete against each other.

"Who’s got the best tax policy?" Perry asks. "Who’s got the best regulatory climate? Who has the best legal system for the people of your state? Then people will move and go to where they want to go. If that is the test, more people have migrated out of New York and California over the last decade than any two states to go to places where they can find some relief.”

Perry’s team also indicated this week that helping Scott will be one of Perry's chief political objectives in the 2014 election cycle. Having served as governor since George W. Bush left Austin to become president, Perry, the longest serving governor in Texas history, is not running again in November.

In recent months, Perry has shown no hesitation in throwing jabs Crist’s way. Back in November, appearing on a call with the media, Perry trashed Crist’s record in Tallahassee. Appearing at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) last month, he contrasted Crist’s record with Scott’s.

"Under Rick Scott, Florida's unemployment rate has dropped for three straight years, when just four years ago -- four years ago -- his predecessor presided over the loss of more than 800,000 jobs and now that guy wants his job back,” Perry said. “And with a record like that, appropriately, he is running this time to seek it as a Democrat."

Crist also relied on a surrogate this week in his wife Carole, who tore into Scott on abortion.

“Rick Scott scares me,” Carole Crist insisted on Friday. “I've yet to see him govern with my best interests -- or the interests of any other Florida woman -- at heart. And I'm done waiting.

“In 2010, Scott ran on a proud anti-choice platform -- he believes wholeheartedly that Roe v. Wade should be overturned,” she added. “And every chance he gets, he'll poke holes in it. In 2011, the Legislature passed a bill that requires women to endure transvaginal ultrasounds before abortions -- an invasive and medically unnecessary procedure. That's the same bill that my husband flat-out vetoed when he was governor.

“But Scott didn't just sign it -- he signed it, then threw a party at the governor's mansion to celebrate it,” Carole Crist continued. “Charlie has always said that government should stay out of the relationship between a woman and her doctor. Politicians don't get a say in this, end of story. But Scott disagrees.”

Having won three state offices campaigning as a conservative Republican, Crist had traditionally defined himself as “pro-life.” He left the GOP in 2010 after being caught by Marco Rubio in the U.S. Senate primary but continued his bid with no party affiliation. Crist joined the Democrats at the end of 2012.

Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com.

Comments (7)

4:01PM APR 28TH 2014
I do not know why the media thinks that Perry or other governors openly courting companies in other states is anything new. 34 years ago, I was personally involved with scheduling trips, luncheons, etc for then Governor Bob Graham. States have been actively recruiting companies to move for over 50 years. I personally toured representatives of companies through Florida on hundreds of occasions. Rick Perry is just doing what governors in good business climates have always done. The governor's of NY and the Mayor of Chicago need to grow up or do a little research into the history of economic development.
Tom Reynolds
2:15PM APR 26TH 2014
Scum + Scum = Scum
Thief + Thief = Thief
Coward + Coward = Coward
add them all together , total is....... A TIPICAL FLORIDA ELECTION !
Why can't we at least have the best Republican , Adam Putman
and the best Democrat , Nan Rich ? Then at least no matter who wins we would at least have the best of the best !
the truth
1:45PM APR 27TH 2014
We can not have Adam Putnam because just like in 2010 when Putnam's predecessor Charles Bronson wanted to run for governor the then RPOF Chairman Jim Greer met in Orlando to announce the PARTY couldn't afford a primary and refused RPOF support for Charlie Bronson to run even though Gov Crist was running for the US Senate and the Governors job was an open seat. Then along come #65 on the The Bush family list of proffiteers Rick Scott with $70 million of our tax dollars he stole with the help of Jeb Bush and the Miguel Recary IMC Medicare schemes that Scott, Richard Rainwater and other Bush Friends with Tom Hicks and probably some help from Jeb Bush and tom Feeney's little vote fixing chips and in the general "errection" Rick Scott was in like flyn!

No one including Charlie Crist is going to beat the Bush whackers when they have all the electronic vote scanning vote flipping chips to make the outcome like they want it to be.

Sorry CharLIE you had it made with the Bush money man Mel Sembler all those years. He post turtled you from dancing on the bar at the Green Gables to Sec of Education and right on up the ladder. Problem is with these criminal, one ah chet wipes out all the atta boys you ever got in your life!
1:00PM APR 26TH 2014
Texas Gov Perry is nothing more than a big talker with little to back his bs up with. There was no abandondment by Carole and, as a male chauvinist pig, I'd prefer to view Carole much more than Scott's Mom!
10:48AM APR 28TH 2014
Rick Scott's mother never abandoned her child. Carole, on the other hand, refused to even call her children.

Broward-Palm Beach New Times:

The judgement, which Rome read aloud over the telephone to New Times — but declined to release — overturned the parents’ joint custody, and follows two years in which Carole Crist hasn’t returned phone calls, text messages, letters, or any communication of any kind with her children, said Rome’s attorney, Mark Heller.

“It’s shocking and very disturbing because these two girls are at a fragile point in their lives, and as important as a father is, a mother is very important,” he said. “And [Crist] has been completely absent from their lives.”
11:50AM APR 26TH 2014
From the same Carole Crist who abandoned her children to become more of an opportunist than her 'husband'.
Carole Tavolacci
6:17AM APR 26TH 2014
Adore Rick Perry and the Texas attitude. Go Rick Scott.

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