But Crist's primary challenger, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio, released his own view of the figure in a taunting press release called the "Crist Economic Report," which promises to keep loyal readers up to date on "the latest economic damage being inflicted on Florida's workers, taxpayers, consumers, families, entrepreneurs and farmers, among others."
Read the "report" below:
If you live in Florida or at least stay up to speed on what's going on here, barely a day goes by in which you don't wake up to news reports highlighting the latest area of the state's economy that is struggling. In a nutshell, this is what it's like to live in "The Charlie Crist Economy."
In our effort to ensure you stay abreast of the latest economic developments in Florida, today we initiate "The Crist Economic Report" - a regular email containing the latest economic damage being inflicted on Florida's workers, taxpayers, consumers, families, entrepreneurs and farmers, among others.
Some of these reports will highlight how Crist-backed policies are burdening Floridians - for instance, through higher drivers' license fees he signed into law or his modest tax reforms that have not made property taxes "drop like a rock." Other reports will highlight why things could be even worse if Charlie Crist had his way on other issues - for instance, through higher utility bills for consumers had he succeeded in imposing cap-and-trade on Florida. Or if he eventually decides to support a tax based on how many miles people drive.
With today's release of the August unemployment report, we explore Florida's unemployment rate under Charlie Crist:
THE CRIST ECONOMY: HIGHER UNEMPLOYMENT
Florida's August 2009 Unemployment Rate Is At A Decades-High Level Of 10.7 Percent. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics Website, http://data.bls.gov/, Accessed 9/18/09)
Florida's Unemployment Rate In February When The Stimulus Passed Was 9.6 Percent. (U.S. Bureau Of Labor Statistics Website, http://data.bls.gov/, Accessed 8/21/09)
Florida's Unemployment Rate When Charlie Crist Took Office Was 3.3 Percent. ("Florida's January Unemployment 3.3 Percent," Agency For Workforce Innovation Press Release, 3/8/07)
REWIND: Charlie Crist on NBC's "Meet The Press" (2/22/09)
MR. GREGORY: Do you think the president has the right prescription to ease this recession?
GOV. CRIST: I think he's on the right track.
In other Crist Economy news this week:
Florida's hurricane strategy still depends heavily on - and is limited by - borrowed money
(St. Petersburg Times, 9/16/09)
Lawmakers want Charlie Crist's historic "fee hikes repealed"
(Tallahassee Democrat, 9/16/09)
Despite Charlie Crist's public option property insurance plan, "Fla's Insurance Chief: Rate Increase May Be Needed"
(CBS4 -Miami, 9/15/09)
Charlie Crist's Department of Transportation "seriously considering" onerous new tax rejected by Obama Administration
(Orlando Sentinel, 9/15/09)
...and that has the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board fired up, calling the idea "stupefying" and demanding "Charlie Crist set this straight."
I emailed the campaign and I am hoping to receive updates as they occur. I will keep you informed.