Gov. Charlie Crist fired back Monday against his critics in the Republican Party of Florida, who are threatening to sue Crist for allegedly misusing party funds during Jim Greer's reign as party chairman. Republican leaders said a recently-completed audit revealed the misspending, but they have not made the audit public. The party obviously backs Republican Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate over Crist, who's running as an independent.
"I think it's the typical political season, the stuff that we're going to see. I think it's sad," Crist told reporters. "It just indicates how partisanship gets in the way. I mean, they have their own nominee for the U.S. Senate who's under federal investigation as reported by the media. I think they ought to get their own shop in order first before they go after an independent candidate."
Reporter Rick Flagg asked Crist if it were true that Greer and the party "picked up the tab" for expenses that benefited Crist. "No. I don't even know what they're talking about," Crist said. "As you know they haven't been transparent. They won't release any of the report, so it's hard to even know what they're talking about."
-- Steve Bousquet