I heard a radio ad from the Charlie Crist campaign the other day. Crist, of course, is pursuing the senate seat left vacant by Mel Martinez.
Crist's ad paints him as the advocate of smaller government. He presents himself as a needed antidote for the spending policies of President Obama.
But it was Crist who appeared alongside Mr. Obama while the latter was extolling the virtues of the Porkulus bill. Crist welcomed those federal dollars with open arms. So it seems his conversion to fiscally responsible federalism is recent if we suppose it real.
Listen to Crist's radio ads here.
Here's a portion of Crist's appearance with President Obama:
I'm supporting Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist, and I'm pleased to see the news that Rubio is closing in the polls.
Crist's claim about his fiscal responsibility rating from CATO is legit. But CATO seems to have looked at the overall flat budget in combination with Crist's lowering of Florida property taxes. The analysis fails to take into account Crist's nonsensical handling of homeowner's insurance and his welcoming of federal pork.