Charlie Crist moves to the right
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08/14/09 Mitch E. Perry
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Governor Crist was in Tampa this afternoon, where WMNF’s Sean Kinane asked him about the vote in Palm Beach County Wednesday night, where a vote on censuring him for acts that have angeredGovernor Crist was in Tampa this afternoon, where WMNF’s Sean Kinane asked him about the vote in Palm Beach County Wednesday night; a move to censure Crist for acts that have angered Republicans there resulted in a tie.

Daryl Paulson is former Political Scientist at the University of South Florida, who will soon be publishing a book on the history of the Florida Republican Party. He says there’s no doubt that Crist has never been a favorite with conservatives, but he also happens to be the most popular Republican in the state currently.

In recent weeks the Governor has alienated independents and Democrats who have appreciated his moderate stance on issues like restoring civil rights to ex-felons or on the environment, where he’s been considered to be in the vanguard of Republican Governors, like Arnold Schwarzenneger.

But after his failure to veto a controversial growth management bill and now seeming to cancel a climate change summit, some analysts think his swing to the right is too obvious.

There’s also Marco Rubio nipping at his heels. The former House Speaker is trailing Crist dramatically in fundraising, but social conservatives in the state say he’s still viable in the a primary election next year.

Central Florida political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett admits that for those who have been paying close attention, the Governors moves over the past month or so have been somewhat perplexing in terms of an overarching philosophy.

No word yet on when Governor Crist will name an interim replacement for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, who quit his job last week. Republicans there resulted in a tie (roll tape#1 o.q.’no reaction”)

Daryl Paulson is former Political Scientist at the University of South Florida, who will soon be publishing a book on the history of the Florida Republican Party. He says there’s no doubt that Crist has never been a favorite with conservatives, but he also happens to be the most popular Republican in the state currently (roll tape#2 o.q.”to do that”)

In recent weeks the Governor has alienated independents and Democrats who have appreciated his moderate stance on issues like restoring civil rights to ex-felons or on the environment, where he’s been considered to be in the vanguard of Republican Governors, like Arnold Schwarzenneger.

But after his failure to veto a controversial growth management bill and now seeming to cancel a climate change summit, some analysts think his swing to the right is too obvious.

Aubrey Jewett is a professor of Political Science at the University of Central Florida. .
(roll tape#3 o.q.”time in office”)

There’s also Marco Rubio nipping at his heels. The former House Speaker is trailing Crist dramatically in fundraising, but social conservatives in the state say he’s still viable in the a primary election next year.

Sid Dinerstein is the Chairman of the Palm Beach County Republican Party. (roll tape#4 o.q.” governors race”)

Central Florida political Science Professor Aubrey Jewett admits that for those who have been paying close attention, the Governors moves over the past month or so have been somewhat perplexing in terms of an overarching philosophy (roll tape#5 o.q.”the Govenror maneuver”)

No word yet on when Governor Crist will name an interim replacement for U.S. Senator Mel Martinez, who quit his job last week.

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