Like clockwork: Republican Marco Rubio takes the lead in polls of the U.S. Senate race and the guy now in second place -- Gov. Charlie Crist -- goes on the offensive.
In a meeting today with The Miami Herald editorial board, Crist was asked if he would swear off negative attacks against Rubio and his Democratic opponent, Kendrick Meek.
"I'm not going to promise that I'm not going to be accurate,'' he said. "I'm going to tell the truth...There will be no personal attacks, but when it comes to spending or different issues we'll get into soon I'm sure, I'm going to tell people where my opponents are.''
Crist noted that Rubio acknowledged charging several airfares both to his party-issued American Express card and to state taxpayers. Rubio said the double-billing was a mistake and reimbursed the party about $2,400.
"To say that you're Mister Fiscal Conservative and have all those kind of financial issues is stunning to me,'' Crist said. "It borders on outright hypocrisy."