Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Should Marco Rubio Debate Kendrick Meek?

If Charlie Crist will not debate Marco Rubio then maybe Rubio should invite Democratic primary candidate Kendrick Meek to a debate.

I'm sure it would draw a lot of media attention for both candidates and illustrate the fact that Charlie Crist has ignored Rubio's call for debates.

Perhaps this event would force Charlie Crist to acknowledge even the existstence of opposition to his NRSC coronation.

It would also give everyone a chance to see Marco Rubio in action to promote his conservative beliefs and to compare himself  to Crist even if Crist refuses to attend.

Charlie Crist Sheepishly Avoids Health Care Debate

Exit stage right. That is exactly what Florida Governor and current senatorial candidate Charlie Crist does when he is pressed to answer a simple question regarding health care.

The health care debate has become an issue that is front and center in the national political dialogue  and Crist may have exposed himself a little more than he had hoped.

Crist was asked by a Herald/Times reporter about the fact that Florida's kids are not covered under the "Cover Florida" plan but rather by a program called "Kid Care".

Reporter:The confusion is, then, your criticism over government run healthcare when KidCare is government run healthcare, which is what they were asking you about this morning.

Crist: It’s for kids, I like it.
Here is the video of the exchange:

Crist did not mention that the"Cover Florida" plan that he defended so effusively  on the cable news (video) shows did not cover children and costs the elderly far more than those that ,on average, need less health care coverage. Those who are 0 to 18 years of age are not covered.

If kids were so important to Crist it seems funny how the kids were left out of the negotiations with the private insurance companies at the time....

I posted this quote from Charlie Crist from his appearance with Barack Obama to support the stimulous bill.
"It's important that we pass a stimulus package. It's important. It is important to do so to help education, to help our infrastructure, and to help HEALTH CARE for those that need it the most. The most vulnerable among us.
Later crist called Obama's Health Care Plan "cockamamie"

I understand that the insurance companies have to weigh the risks when providing policies to all age groups. It's called capitalism.

The obvious solution is tort reform and eliminating massive fraud.

Wind-sock" Charlie strikes again......

FYI-On the day of Obama's health care speech before a joint session of congress, Marco Rubio released the following video.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Charlie Crist having Trouble with the Facts in Michigan

Florida Governor Charlie Crist seems to have trouble with some of the facts as he addresses the 28th biennial Republican Leadership Conference on Mackinac Island Michigan.

Click here for the full story. ( "Charlie Crist looks to be dissing Jeb Bush's legacy in speech" )The story above gives the TRUE details of Crist's claims.

The office of Crist's republican rival for the 2010 US senate seat, Marco Rubio, quickly responded.Here is their statement:

"Unfortunately for Charlie Crist, what happened in Michigan this weekend, didn't stay in Michigan. If the beleaguered citizens of Michigan are looking for answers to their economic problems, they can do better than listening to Charlie Crist. Michiganders should ignore Charlie Crist's suggestion that they copy his prescription of historic tax increases, bigger government, more wasteful spending and no jobs to show for it. As Floridians can attest, the pain of the Charlie Crist Economy is nothing to brag about.

"In an effort to hide his own economic record, Charlie Crist even appears to have taken a page out of the Obama playbook by blaming a Bush for what he inherited. Charlie Crist needs to own up to the fact that he inherited a state with 3.3 percent unemployment that has now soared to 10.7 percent on his watch."

Friday, September 25, 2009

George Will: Marco Rubio Will Probably Win

In January 2011, one Floridian will leave for the U.S. Senate. He is unlikely to be a former governor at odds with his party's nominating electorate, or the probable Democratic nominee, Kendrick Meek, a hyper-liberal congressman. Rubio intends to prove that "in the most important swing state, you can run successfully as a principled conservative." He probably will. --- George Will full story...

Charlie Crist's ACORN Association Bites Again. Marco Rubio Comments

In a press release today, Former Florida House Speaker and republican senatorial candidate Marco Rubio issued the following statement regarding Florida's flawed felon's rights restoration program.

Miami, FL–U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today issued the following statement regarding Florida's felons' rights restoration program, which has mistakenly authorized restoring the rights of 13 felons, including a child rapist:

"In 2007, Governor Crist sided with ACORN in pushing for the expansion of a felons' rights restoration program in Florida. His flawed, mismanaged program has now erroneously allowed a child rapist and 12 other felons to have their rights restored.

"Governor Crist was wrong to support this program's expansion and he has failed to oversee its proper implementation. In light of the flaws that have come to light, Governor Crist should suspend this program indefinitely to ensure more of these mistakes are not made on his watch."

In April 2007 the St. Petersburg times ran a huge story about the Felons Rights Restoration Program. It is a MUST read to learn more about opposition to the program and how Charlie Crist ignored many of his own administration to aprrove it. It also mentions a number of liberal groups that influenced Crist's decision.

Calling it "simple human justice," Gov. Charlie Crist and two Cabinet members voted Thursday to reverse decades of Florida history by automatically restoring some civil rights to tens of thousands of felons...
...Attorney General Bill McCollum, however, called the change "reckless and irresponsible." His criticism of Crist during the meeting appeared to open a rift between the state's two top Republicans..."I'm just very upset about this," McCollum said. "I think we're making a grave mistake today."...
...As a candidate for governor last year, and in his first weeks in office, Crist demanded an easing of full citizenship barriers for felons, despite a poll showing most Floridians and law enforcement groups which supported his candidacy opposed the idea...

A tense, hourlong debate before the vote exposed deep philosophical differences between McCollum, who replaced Crist as attorney general in January, and the man who calls himself "the people's governor."

McCollum cited opposition from the Florida Sheriffs Association, Florida Police Chiefs Association and Fraternal Order of Police, among others.

I don't know McCollum very well yet but I certainly liked his position on this issue.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Absent Gov Charlie Crist Flip Flops AGAIN

Florida Governor Charlie Crist will be leaving for Chicago tonight to raise money from insurance executives he once celebrated putting "the nail in the coffin" of.


..."When the Florida legislature finished its spring session last year, Republican governor Charlie Crist hailed lawmakers for what he considered their most important accomplishment: 'You put the nail in the coffin this afternoon on the industry that was hurting our people.' ...

'I am amazed at their level of greed and I am amazed at the callous nature of their corporate decisions,' he told the St. Petersburg Times last summer." ("'He's No Jeb Bush,'" National Review, 4/7/08)


"Gov. Charlie Crist has a busy day [Thursday]: A morning meeting of the clemency board ... followed by a fundraiser in Chicago for his U.S. Senate campaign. This one is hosted by Tallahassee lobbyist Fred Karlinsky and a cadre of insurance bigwigs, including Richard Parillo Sr. and his son of the same name, execs in the United Auto Insurance Co." ("Crist's Thursday: Felon's Rights In Tally, More Cash In Chicago, St. Petersburg Times, 9/23/09)
Charlie Crist still seems to have a propensity to follow the direction of  the nearest "wind sock" without regard to his constituency.

He continues to ignore the conservative base and allows himself to be persuaded by those who prefer a more liberal tack.

I am amazed at the callous nature of  HIS decisions and his refusal to debate a boni fide opponent (Marco Rubio) during the campaign.

This isthe same Charlie Crist who supported Barack Obam's Stimulus Plan and said,
"It's important that we pass a stimulus package. It's important. It is important to do so to help education, to help our infrastructure, and to help HEALTH CARE for those that need it the most. The most vulnerable among us. And let me finish Mr. President by saying that we need to do it in a bipartisan way."... 

Later he changed his mind for political expediency and called the Health Care Plan "cockamamie". 

From TBO.comORLANDO - Florida Gov. Charlie Crist called President Barack Obama's proposed health care overhaul "cockamamie" as he and the state Republican Party tried Saturday to get activists charged up for the 2010 election year.

Marco Rubio Signs Laura Ingraham's "TEN for '10" Petition

Miami, FL– U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio today highlighted his support for 10 ideas to empower Americans and take back Washington. During a radio interview this morning on "The Laura Ingraham Show," Rubio signed the "Ten For '10" petition, which consists of policies affecting taxes, national security and energy, among other key issue areas.

BACKGROUND: "Ten For '10"

Idea 1: Taxpayers' Bill of Rights (TABOR). Marco supports limiting federal spending growth to the percentage in population growth plus the rate of inflation. He will also work to provide taxpayers the option of filing a post card-sized tax return using a low, flat tax rate of 15 percent.

Idea 2: End taxpayer-funded abortions. Marco supports stopping federal payments to Planned Parenthood as well as prohibiting any taxpayer-subsidized health insurance plan from covering abortion.

Idea 3: Defend America's borders. Marco supports the implementation of America's border protection initiatives, using remaining funds from the so-called stimulus bill.

Idea 4: King Dollar. Marco will support policies that preserve a strong dollar, protecting Americans from having their savings wiped out by inflation and maintaining the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency.

Idea 5: Empower American business. America's corporate tax rate is currently among the highest in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In order to ensure America remains a place where businesses want to invest and create jobs, Marco supports slashing corporate tax rates to 15 percent and scrapping the capital gains tax altogether.

Idea 6: Defend America. Marco will work to strengthen America, defend our homeland and fully fund an operational, layered missile-defense system.

Idea 7: Statism exit plan. Marco supports the de-funding of government czars, immediately ceasing bailout payments to failed companies and banning future bailouts.

Idea 8: End generational theft. Marco is running for U.S. Senate to ensure America continues the now-threatened tradition of passing down a stronger, more prosperous America to future generations of Americans. As few believe America's entitlement programs will be able to pay benefits to future generations, Marco supports providing younger workers the choice of diverting Social Security payroll taxes into personal retirement accounts. Seniors and near-retirees would not be affected.

Idea 9: Restore America's system of justice. Marco supports penalties for frivolous lawsuits, whereby those who launch unsuccessful lawsuits are liable for the defendants' legal bills.

Idea 10: American energy independence. Marco supports an all-of-the-above energy strategy that embraces alternatives, expands and accelerates exploration and production of oil and natural gas, and jumpstarts dramatic increases in nuclear power.

Audio: Marco Rubio Interview on Laura Ingraham Show

Here is the audio of Marco Rubio's interview on the Laura Ingraham Show this morning. The interview was a little short but Rubio was able to frame his agenda during their discussion. 

It's called conservatism Stupid! Charlie Crist does not get it and Rubio "hinted" about that fact while remaining the class act that he is.

If you believe in conservative values you MUST donate to support Rubio's campaign.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Audio: Marco Rubio interview on The Ed Morrissey Show 09/23/09

Listen to the interview HERE.
Note that you have to click forward to the 30 minute mark of the video to hear the Rubio interview.

Newest Marco Rubio Campaign Video "7 Days to Go" 09/22/09

Marco Rubio needs our support to allow him to challenge Charlie Crist in the upcoming race for Florida senate.  Every little bit can help Rubio continue his battle to promote conservative values and represent them in Washington. That is what we need!

The Democrats use incrementalism to advance their agenda and it's time Repulicans do the same by supporting Marco Rubio for Florida senate.

We don't get many chances to vote and we certainly do not get many chances to vote for a true conservative. Especially for the US senate. This is YOUR chance to make it happen.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Marco Rubio Scolds Charlie Crist over creation of "Shadow Panels"

I was very tempted to call this story "CHARLIES CZARS"

Charlie Crist is caught in an "unususal activity" by reporter Gary Fineout.

Apparently Charlie Crist believes he can "circumvent" the state nominating the commision by creating his own "panel" to vet the nominees.

Crist's Panel members?:
...The Republican governor — an attorney himself — has turned to state legislators, a former president of the American Bar Association, a retired Florida Supreme Court justice and an NAACP attorney, among others, to interview potential judges already screened by one of the state’s official judicial nominating commissions...

Rubio said it appeared Crist was inviting people to interview judges to win political support in the future.

“It appears the decision is being made to appease certain demographic groups, certain parts of the electorate,’’ Rubio said...

Charlie has time to raise money,eat Whoppers, and put together "shadow commisions"? I wonder what kind of "WHOPPER" he will use to explain this?

Who is running the state of Florida?

UPDATE: More info on "panel participants"

Monday, September 21, 2009

Jeb Bush Praises Marco Rubio


"...On Senate candidate Marco Rubio:

Asked if he had a favorite in the race between Gov. Charlie Crist and Marco Rubio for the U.S. Senate, Bush said he did not.

“I admire both of them,” Bush said.
 But Bush then went on to praise Rubio as having a great life story and is being very articulate. Bush said national party leaders should not be trying to push Crist as aggressively as they have. He said Rubio deserved a fair shot against Crist in a primary.

I think he should be given a chance. I think that the idea that the national party would pick a winner a year and a half before an election is the wrong way to go.”...
I agree totally with Jeb Bush about the NRSC endorsing Moderate Charlie Crist before even giving Marco Rubio a chance.

Things may be swinging in to Marco Rubio's direction. There is a grassroots "pulse" that is starting to emerge and make themselves heard.  They are rejecting "politics as usual" and are getting more involved.

Rush Limbaugh attends Marco Rubio Fundraiser!

According to CQ Politics:

...Manjarres interviewed Foley at the West Palm Beach restaurant Pistache last week after a fundraiser for Marco Rubio (Rush Limbaugh was there, too). He told Notepad his impression is that Foley is leaving his options open...


Does this mean that Limbaugh is supporting Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist?


Sunday, September 20, 2009

Charlie Crist Plays Word Games with the ACORN Controversy

Charlie Crist is playing political word games to support his position on the ACORN controversy. Crist's office was quoted this week as saying, "...there is "no evidence" of a "voter fraud problem" in Florida...". This simple statement on it's own may be true but it is an obvious attempt at diverting attention away from "Voter REGISTRATION Fraud".

It stands to reason that one would first have to commit voter registration fraud before voting fraudulently. If that somehow escapes Charlie Crist then he needs to have his advisors educate him on the voting process.

Voter registration fraud is a FELONY and Crist acts as if it never happened. Maybe he needs to talk to Florida state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle. I'm sure he can find her number.

The case in Florida is simple and the information is readily available to those who are actually willing to take the time investigate a little.

Here is a story via FoxNews

"...Federal and state authorities in Miami are still searching for five of the 11 people suspected of falsifying information on hundreds of voter registration cards -- including registering the name of the late actor Paul Newman -- the Florida Department of Law Enforcement told Thursday.

Six people were taken into custody Wednesday as arrest warrants were issued for 11 workers hired by the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now -- or ACORN -- on charges of voter registration fraud.

Florida state attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle said the 11 workers hired to register voters by ACORN in Homestead, Fla., submitted 888 fraudulent names -- which included names of people who were already registered voters, fictitious names, and the name of the late actor Paul Newman, who died in Sept. 2008...

...In a statement sent to on Wednesday, Florida ACORN board member Leroy Bell said, "We want to commend the state attorney for taking decisive action. Today's action demonstrates the seriousness we brought to the task of not only expanding the electorate, but also of protecting the integrity of the voting process. "...

The story gets a little more interesting when you look at the actual arrest affidavit.

It seems that only 25% of one workers cards were analyzed out of a total of about 160 for a total of 40. Out of the 40, 37 of them could not be matched to a living person.

If you extrapolate that out to the total number submitted by Williams you would come up with 147 Fraudulent Voter Registrations out of 160. Extraordinary that Charlie Crist does not seem to find this a problem.

This is just ONE OFFICE in the whole state and ONE person.  The next question I have for Governor Crist is how many of these fraudulent submissions have been accepted and are you willing to follow thru and investigate ALL of them to see how many people may have been able to cast invalid votes during the 2008 election?

Identifying the fraudulent registrations is only the first step. Will you demand that the second step be taken or are you in the same camp as Barack Obama.

''I think that there's probably less [fraud] than is being discussed. As we're coming into the closing days of any campaign, there are some who enjoy chaos,'' Crist told reporters. Crist made his comments as the Republican National Committee hosted a conference call with reporters to tie Democrat Barack Obama to suspicious voter-registration cards submitted by ACORN across the nation and in four Florida counties, including Broward.- Charlie Crist via The Buzz

"... it's[The Acorn Scandal] not something I'm paying a lot of attention to."
         --Barack Obama Here is the video.

Video: Marco Rubio says, "Principles are Not Negotiable"

In less than a minute, Florida's conservative senatorial candidate Marco Rubio is able to define the difference between himself and his moderate opponent Charlie Crist.

"Principles are NOT negotiable!"

Charlie Crist bases his decisions on the mood of the day and could care less about the results as long as they serve his bid for election to US senate.

Marco Rubio has stayed the course of his core conservative beliefs. You will not have to "guess" what Rubio stands for as he has remained consistent in his conservative beliefs throughout his career.

That is the kind of candidate that we need and can trust to serve Florida in Washington.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Marco Rubio Press Release on Crist Economy

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Marco Rubio issued the following press release on the Charle Crist Economy:

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:
Good afternoon.
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:

Marco Rubio 49.Charlie Crist 0. Hernando County Straw Poll

It's obvious that there is "something" going on within the Florida GOP. There is an undercurrent of conservative thirst to elect a true conservative to the US Senate in 2010.

Regardless of the fundraising prowess of current Governor Charlie Crist and the support he has received from the elites of the party, Crist has not shown the ability to reign in the conservative base. This becomes overwhelmingly obvious when you look at the results the straw polls being held throughout the state. Crist has not prevailed in a single one and is being annihilated by Former House Speaker Marco Rubio.

Marco Rubio is running a grassroots campaign based on prinicples, values, and true conservative beliefs which reflect the hunger of those seeking fiscal responsibility and overall limited government.

Rubio may not be winning the fundraising battle (Yet) but he has tapped in to the very heart those seeking new representation in Washington. A US senate seat.

Here is a list of the county straw polls that have been held so far that illustrate the extraordinary margins received by Marco Rubio against Crist. It is hard to ignore and may be giving Crist a reason to be worried.

Marion County GOP: Rubio 40, Crist 8, abstain 4

Hernando County GOP: Rubio 46, Crist 0
Gilchrist County GOP: Rubio 11, Crist 1
Republican Women's Club of Duval Federated: Rubio 65, Crist 4
Northwest Orange Republican Women Federated: Rubio 49, Crist 3
Jefferson County GOP: Rubio 30, Crist 6
Highlands County GOP: Rubio 75, Crist 1
Pasco County GOP: Rubio 73, Crist 9
Lee County GOP: Rubio 60, Crist 9
Florida Federation of College Republicans: Rubio 19, Crist 6.
Bay County GOP: Rubio 23, Crist 2
Without a doubt. Rubio has a chance to win in 2010.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Florida Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite Endorses Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate

From Marco

Florida Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite Endorses Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate

Miami, FL – As he campaigns in Florida’s Fifth Congressional District today, U.S. Senate candidate and former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio announced that he has received the endorsement of Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite (FL-05).

Making today’s announcement, Congresswoman Brown-Waite said, “Originally, I had not planned to endorse in this race, but as the challenges facing our nation and Florida grow more severe, times demand someone willing to make hard choices. Washington needs leaders with solid conservative beliefs and the courage to do the right thing. Marco Rubio does not try to be all things to all people. Like me, what you see is what you get. Marco Rubio is the consistent, principled conservative we need to provide a check and balance on the Obama-Reid agenda.”

“In the Senate, Marco will stand up for Florida’s taxpayers, not with President Obama and dangerous big government spending,” she added. “Marco will oppose Medicare changes proposed by the Obama Administration that will hurt our seniors. Marco is a principled leader who will answer the call and won’t pass the buck. You can count on Marco Rubio to walk the talk.”

Welcoming Brown-Waite’s endorsement, Rubio commented, “I’m honored to have Congresswoman Brown-Waite’s support. She has proven time and time again that Republicans are the party of ideas and common sense solutions, while showing an especially remarkable ability to put these traits to work on behalf of Florida’s taxpayers, seniors and veterans. I look forward to joining her in Washington and working together to get our country back on track.”

About Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite:

Marco Rubio Wins Gilchrist Straw Poll-Hernando Straw poll Thursday

Marco Rubio claims another victory in Florida county straw polls being held throughout the state. Rubio has not lost a single vote and continues to trounce current Governor Charlie Crist. Crist supporters are discouraging the straw polls! I wonder why....

Rubio defeated Crist 11-1 in the small county of Gilchrist. A larger straw poll is expected on today Thurday Sept,17 in Hernando County.

Here are my pervious posts on the straw polls for other counties:
First Straw Polls

Second post of straw polls.

Here is a link to the full story from

Hernando, with 48,966, will be among the larger counties where local party organizations have held straw votes. County Chairman Blaise Ingoglia wouldn’t predict how the vote will go, but said, “People in this area tend to be a little bit more conservative.” He wouldn’t say who moved for the vote.

Party organizations in about half a dozen counties have held straw votes in the primary, in all cases voting for Rubio. Rubio is pitching his campaign at the conservative side of the party spectrum; his backers have been seeking to hold straw polls in county organizations, and Crist supporters oppose them.

Marco Rubio sends Letter to Charlie Crist regarding ACORN

I decided to ad a separate post to show Marco Rubio's letter to current Governor Charlie Crist outlining his concerns over the ACORN controversy. Check out the last paragraph. Its a zinger!
Here is the letter again:
The Honorable Charlie Crist
The Capitol
400 South Monroe Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399

Dear Governor Crist:

As you are no doubt aware, the community organizing group Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now (ACORN) is now under intense scrutiny for recent reports of its involvement in questionable behavior and potentially illegal activity in several states.

In addition to the damning video reports of ACORN employees now familiar to most Floridians, just last week the Miami-Dade State Attorney’s Office announced that arrest warrants were issued for 11 former ACORN employees accused of faking voter registration cards. While it is commendable that ACORN assisted in the investigations that led to the arrests, it begs the question: why were so many people capable of these crimes working for ACORN in the first place?

Last Friday, the Census Bureau severed ties with ACORN. On Tuesday, U.S. Senators Bill Nelson and George LeMieux joined 81 other Senators in an overwhelming and bipartisan vote to strip federal funding from ACORN. Just yesterday, Governors Arnold Schwarzenegger in California and Tim Pawlenty in Minnesota took similar action, asking officials to investigate ACORN’s behavior in their respective states and prevent state taxpayer funding of the group.

Based on the mounting evidence against ACORN and the serious questions surrounding this organization, I respectfully ask that you follow the lead of the other elected officials I mentioned above and take immediate steps to initiate a thorough investigation into ACORN’s activities in Florida, including a detailed accounting of what state funds, if any, ACORN may be receiving. If it is discovered that they are receiving state funds, I believe further steps should be taken to cut off any taxpayer funding of ACORN.

The St. Petersburg Times also reported yesterday that your office may have partnered with ACORN in the past on several initiatives, including your 2007 effort to restore voting rights to convicted felons in Florida. If you partnered with ACORN, I have no reason to doubt you did so unaware of ACORN’s propensity for questionable activity, and with what you believed at the time to be the best interests of Floridians at heart. However, given the recent revelations about ACORN, I believe it is now in the best interest of all Floridians for your office to provide a thorough accounting of its relationship with ACORN and what, if any, influence ACORN may have had in any actions you have taken on behalf of the people of Florida.

Lastly, during last year’s presidential election, despite what now seems to be a prescient chorus of concerned parties asking for an investigation into ACORN’s election-related activities, you insisted that you were unconcerned with ACORN’s activities. In light of the recent allegations against ACORN, I suggest you reconsider your position, demand a full investigation of ACORN’s election-related activities, and take whatever steps available to you to prevent ACORN from engaging in voter registration and other election-related activities until the questions surrounding this organization are resolved.

Thank you for your prompt attention to this matter.


Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio asks Charlie Crist to Investigate ACORN

Does this explain the state GOP's silence over ACORN?

Huffington Post: Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, for example, partnered with ACORN in March 2008 for a "Homeownership Promotes The Economy" taskforce. More recently, Crist declared that -- contrary to GOP outrage -- he was not upset with the group's voter registration efforts in his state. The New York Times reported that ACORN supported a law signed by Governor Crist, which "changed the rules last year to restore the voting rights of about 112,000 former convicts."

The Buzz: "Breaking with the talking points of his fellow Republicans in Washington, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist said he does not think voter fraud and the vote-registration group ACORN are a major problem in the Sunshine State. ''I think that there's probably less [fraud] than is being discussed. As we're coming into the closing days of any campaign, there are some who enjoy chaos,'' Crist told reporters. Crist made his comments as the Republican National Committee hosted a conference call with reporters to tie Democrat Barack Obama to suspicious voter-registration cards submitted by ACORN across the nation and in four Florida counties, including Broward. (photo from Acorn Web site)

Also,I found this. Marco Rubio sent a letter to Governor Crist asking him to investigate ACORN Florida. Rubio did not hold back. Here is the letter:

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Florida's Newest Senator George LeMieux is Crist Clone

Florida's newest Senator (a Crist appointee) has already started to side with Democrats. With his first opportunity to support Conservatives he failed miserably.

LeMieux supported the censure of representative Joe Wilson. Wilson is now famous for yelling "You lie!" during President Obama's help care speech during a joint session of congress.

From AP:
LeMieux: Censure Joe 'You Lie' Wilson
AP: "That was embarrassing and shameful," said LeMieux, who watched the address from the House visitors' gallery. "Everybody in the chamber just gasped. He should be censured."

UPDATE: LeMieux has the nerve to send out this letter to his Florida voters:
..."I thank Senator Mel Martinez for his service and his assistance during this transition; he is a great example of the fulfillment of the American Dream. I look forward to continuing the Florida tradition of working together with my colleague, Senator Bill Nelson to ensure that Florida's interests are well protected in the United States Senate." (Of course Nelson is a Democrat.)

He went on to say..."There are tremendous issues facing this nation, and although my time in Washington will be brief, I intend to work hard every day to address these critical challenges and serve the people of this unique, diverse and wonderful state."
Except when it makes Democrats mad....

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Marco Rubio: "Crist is a Fair Weather Republican"


Marco Rubio does not hold back when he explains the tactics that Charlie Crist will use to try for a win in the 2010 Florida Senate race.

Rubio has been consistent in his values and policies while Crist has based his decisions on the latest poll results. Crist tries to use popular sentiment as a guide to HIS future and totally disregards those with true principles that disagree with him.

..."At the same time, Crist’s support for the stimulus continues to embolden conservatives such as Rubio to attack the governor as a fair-weather Republican — a complaint he has lodged repeatedly in their primary battle. Rubio’s campaign press releases now refer to the issue as the “Charlie Crist-backed-stimulus-bill.”

“I have no doubt that Charlie Crist is willing to go to Washington and oppose the Obama administration if it’s popular,” Rubio said in an interview. “If it’s popular to be with the Obama administration, he’ll be with them — that’s what he proved last February.”

Monday, September 14, 2009

Photo Essay: 912 March on Washington

No matter how many people came to Washington DC on Saturday September 12th, the message was loud and clear. I was able to make it on to the lawn of the Capital after the march down Pennsylvania Avenue and here are some of the pictures that I took. It was a memorable day and I am proud of everyone that took the time to participate.

Although the march might not be considered a "Tea Party", I thought it would be ok to ad this video of Marco Rubio supporting the efforts of those involved.

Note: Click on image to enlarge.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Video: Marco Rubio Speaks about Health Care

On the day of Obama's health care speech before a joint session of congress, Marco Rubio has released the following statements.

Over the next few weeks, the Obama Administration and this congressional leadership will attempt to pass one of the most radical public policy agendas in America's history. They call it health care reform, but it is really just the architecture for what will one day become a single payer system in America.

Please watch this video in which I share my thoughts with you about health care and why it's so important that we send people to Washington, D.C. that will stand up against this radical agenda and offer a clear alternative.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Marco Rubio Runs New Campaign Ad against Crist

Here is the latest campaign ad by the Rubio campaign against Charlie Crist. It speaks for itself.

Rubio for Senate - "Fundamentals"

UPDATE from the campaign:
Marco Rubio's U.S. Senate campaign today released the following video highlighting the growing disconnect between Florida's grim economic reality and Governor Charlie Crist's carefree attitude about its severity.

As Floridians suffer double-digit unemployment, billions in new taxes, plummeting home values, rising property taxes and the first population decline since World War II, we deserve leaders with the ideas and focus to get Florida's economy moving again.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Marco Rubio says ,"The People will Decide"

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio speaks to The in this 10 minute interview.

Rubio covers many important subjects including the war on terror, budget, Charlie Crist, and how the "people" will decide the winner of the race for Florida's US senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez.

Rubio is very passionate about saying, "We will Win". He has been gaining huge grass roots support and feels that Conservatives will help him beat current Gov Crist in the primary battle. He stresses that the "establishment" will not decide this election.

Rubio has virtually annihilated Crist in half a dozen straw polls during the past couple of months. Many of those polls were held in large counties throughout Florida.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Michelle Malkin Calls Charlie Crist a Loser

According to Paul Bedard of US News, Michelle Malkin thinks Charlie Crist is a "loser"

In Washington Whispers, Bedard quotes Michelle Malkin as calling Crist, ..."old guard" and "a loser."

Marco Rubio is gaining support from several high profile conservatives. Jim DeMint, Mike Huckabee, Dick Army, etc.

It's just a matter of time before conservatives are able to turn the tide by getting behind Marco Rubio and telling old Washington that things are about to change.