From the time he took office in 2007, through October of this year, Governor Charlie Crist has been off the clock nearly 30 weeks; that according to a newspaper investigation.
Crist spent weeks in 2008 biding for a spot on the McCain ticket.
Now he’s seeking a US Senate Seat.
All the days spent campaigning are hurting the governor’s once stellar reputation.
A Forbes writer is questioning if Crist is “America’s Worst Governor.” A Washington Post poll says he’s overrated. Crist says so what.
“They can say what ever they want. The first amendment says so,” said Crist.
But while Crist is ignoring the problem, his opponents aren’t.
Crist’s Primary opponent is taking full advantage of the governor’s bad press.
Former House Speaker Marco Rubio has cut Crist’s lead in the polls in half.
Rubio’s camp is sending out emails reminding voters Crist supported the President’s economic stimulus package and pointing out the state’s 11 percent unemployment rate.
“Charlie Crist is clearly feeling the heat from a wave of devastating news accounts about his governorship, dwindling poll numbers and Marco Rubio’s insistence on holding him accountable.
As Florida’s unemployment rises on his watch, Governor Crist must be held accountable for supporting a stimulus that has failed to deliver on the job creation promises he made with President Obama when they sold it to the American people.
While Charlie Crist will spend millions trying to distance himself from his record, we also expect him to aim desperate attacks in Marco Rubio’s direction,” wrote Alex Burgos, Rubio campaign spokesman, in an email response.
Florida Democrats are sitting back and watching the in-party fighting.
“All we see is Charlie Crist playing these petty political games, putting his personal ambition above the needs in Florida and that’s why Floridians are reacting in such a way.
That’s why Charlie Crist’s poll numbers are crashing,” said Eric Jotkoff, a spokesman for the Florida Democrats.
And if the people keep piling on the primary could get ugly, which bodes well for Kendrick Meek, the likely Democratic challenger.
Governor Charlie Crist responded to the critique of his schedule, highlighting his extensive time off in an editorial published today.
Crist said quote, “The schedule of a governor should not — and cannot — be reduced to a spreadsheet. To do so is ridiculous and does not reflect the endless hours spent briefing with agency leaders and staff, reading policy briefings and the day’s news, meeting and talking on the phone with constituents, advisers and legislators, and responding to the types of things that just simply cannot be scheduled.”