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Crist pulls TV ads: LeMieux dismisses indy talk

The Marco Rubio campaign says Charlie Crist has halted all its TV advertising in the Orlando and Tampa Bay markets where the anti-Rubio spots were airing. That's presumably a sign that Crist has decided to marshal his resources for later or perhaps drop out altogether.

UPDATE: The Crist campaign says: "We don’t comment on campaign tactics but like any campaign our television buy is constantly being adjusted and shifted. All of the Rubio campaign staffers who are focused on the Crist campaign should consider turning their attention to helping Marco with his tax returns. He clearly needs helps with numbers."

Meanwhile George LeMieux just appeared on The Daily Rundown on MSNBC and dismissed the prospect of Crist dropping out of the GOP primary and running as a no party affiliation candidate.

"I have every reason to believe that Charlie Crist is running as a Republican and this independent thing will not happen," LeMieux said.

LeMieux spoke to Crist this weekend. He said, bizarrely, that the independent question "didn't even come up."

Really?! You were his campaign manager, chief of staff, close friend, and you didn't mention the topic that the political universe is talking about?

-- ADAM SMITH

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