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FL's Brian Ballard, top Romney fundraiser, dumps on 'horrific' Chris Christie before FL visit

@MarcACaputo

Some of Florida's biggest money men will attend the state's various fundraisers for Gov. Rick Scott headlined this weekend by NJ Gov. Chris Christie, with one notable exception: Brian Ballard.

"The guy, as a person, is horrific," said Ballard, a top lobbyist and finance chair of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Like other Romney insiders, Ballard deeply resents Christie for the way the governor sidled up to, and gushed about, President Barack Obama in the 2012 campaign's final days just after Tropical Storm Sandy ruined parts of the Northeast's coastline.

"Charlie Crist got a lot of grief for what was called a hug of Obama. But what Christie did to Obama isn't suitable to say in a family newspaper," Ballard said. "I firmly believe he helped swing that election in Obama's favor just to help himself. I busted my ass for two years raising money and supporting Romney and this guy Christie just wiped his hands of us when we were no longer useful to him."

Ballard said "90 percent" of other major Romney fundraisers outside of the New Jersey-New York metro area "wouldn't touch Christie with a 10-foot pole right now."

Ballard's certainly not the only one in Romney World who despise Christie. There's a reason someone from the Romney campaign leaked the confidential vice-presidential vetting jacket of Christie --and only Christie-- to reporters. Many in the Romney campaign began to dislike him ever since Christie's egocentric Republican National Convention speech where he barely mentioned the GOP nominee.

Asked if his criticisms had more to do with supporting the possible presidential ambitions of Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in 2016, Ballard said "No. I'm not a paid assassin." Indeed, if anything, Ballard's public contempt for Christie probably doesn't score any points with Gov. Scott, for whom Ballard lobbies and fundraises.

Still, Ballard's contempt is but one sign that, should Christie run for president in 2016, swing-state Florida will be a hostile place for the candidate in the primary. This is Rubio country. It's also Jeb country (though I still don't think he'll run). And Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's people are essentially running Scott's gubernatorial campaign this year.

Ballard said he never planned to attend any of the events headlined by Christie, but the recent flap over "Bridgegate" made his low opinion of Christie even lower.

"Christie probably didn't know his staff was shutting down the George Washington Bridge for political paybacks or whatever," Ballard said. "But the fact is, he had people around him who thought it was ok. And that speaks to his character."

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ed jenkins

This man echos sentinments by many citizens in this state and nation who greatly regret that they were for a short time distracted by a hurricane and its aftermath and forgot what an even larger this Obama had been during his first four years causing many to vote for him again. Though this was the first ever person elected with a lower percentage of the vote in his second than first term the citizens would never have even made this mistake without the unfortunate distraction.

Can't take anymore

When someone of the ilk of Brian Ballard holds a politician in contempt that person must be exceptionally rank. Brian is still reading the GOP/Faux News polls that assured Romney a victory last year and has to find a scapegoat for the loss by their unlovable candidate. Christie is a skunk and was never going to "feel the love" of the Teabaggers in Florida before he buddied up with Obama.

GOPher

Oh Dear God! A GOP fundraiser lecturing others on "character"! Hahahahahahahahah!!!

Rick Scott, head of Columbia/HCA when it paid the largest Medicare fraud settlement in history! Character? Ballard loves Rick Scott!!

Here's the story from Miami Herald:

The Miami Herald looks today at Republican gubernatorial candidate Rick Scott's role in the Medicaid fraud case at his former company.

``As I have said repeatedly, Columbia/HCA made mistakes, and I take responsibility for what happened on my watch as CEO,'' Scott said in a written statement Friday. He has denied knowing frauds were taking place while he was there, and he was never charged with any crimes.

However, federal investigators found that Scott took part in business practices at Columbia/HCA that were later found to be illegal -- specifically, that Scott and other executives offered financial incentives to doctors in exchange for patient referrals, in violation of federal law, according to lawsuits the Justice Department filed against the company in 2001.

The doctor payments were among 10 different kinds of fraud identified by the Justice Department in its 10-year probe of the company, records show. Three years after Scott left Columbia/HCA, the company admitted wrongdoing, pleading guilty to 14 felonies -- most committed during Scott's tenure -- in addition to paying two sets of fines totaling $1.7 billion...

Whether or not Scott was aware of his company's questionable conduct, the breadth of the problems raises questions about Scott's leadership, management experts say.

Nell Minow of the Corporate Library, a watchdog group, put it this way: ``Being ignorant of all that doesn't inspire confidence.'' In judging a CEO, she said, ``it's no better to be a schnook than a crook.''

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/nakedpolitics/2010/06/rick-scotts-role-in-columbiahca-scandal.html#storylink=cpy

Harry R. Sohl

"But the fact is, he had people around him who thought it was ok. And that speaks to his character."

Uhhhh, yeah. That's kinda why we had problems with Bush (and republicans in general) when we went to war in Iraq based on obvious lies.

Pablo

I read an article today on the financial state of the 50 states and New Jersey ranked 50th, the state with the worst financial condition of all. Even lower than California. Maybe Christie should stay home and focus on fixing the issues of his own state.

That $cott is associating himself with this GOP traitor indicates how desperate $cott is, with his own polls show him trailing in the race and his negative polling outweighing the positives.

dark mark

Ballard must be feeling ignored. Why else pick today to show Charlie all the love and beat the crap out of Rick Scott's ally?


gooberstopper

Caputo - stop feeding the animals! shaking my head at Ballard. He just cannot resist being in the press, can he. Some things are better left unsaid.

ron

Romney was clearly on his way to defeat with or without the hurricane or Christie being a mature human being for once and doing his job as a governor of a state hit by disaster. But whatever, I was laughing at wingnuttia's "unskewed polls" idiocy from the start, not swallowing it hook, line, and sinker like this bozo, Ballard.

How do such dumb, irrational people get rich?

Eq8

Edward Jenkins, stop listening to whatever typically ignorant source for your information.

Andrew Jackson won 55.93% of the vote in 1828, and 54.74% in 1832.

Since you're a conservative, you need some basics explained to you:

1) 1828 was the first election, and 1832 was the second election. Are you keeping up?

2) 55.93 is GREATER than 54.74.

ERGO: Andrew Jackson lost more percentage the second time he was elected than the first.

CONCLUSION: Obama isn't the only President to lose in percentage of the vote to win in his second election.

Thanks for playing, but we already knew that conservatives didn't have much acquaintance with facts or reality.

UltraVerified

Thank goodness there's an influential Republican fundraiser who can clearly see that a 'hug' and working with the President of the United States in response to a disaster is clearly more important than any rank bribery, intimidation, RICO violations and lying under oath could ever be.

After all, Republicans have to keep their standards UP!

PD Quig

Christie Kreme is history. Not only has he turned out to be a joke, but it is inevitable that we will find out that he knew about his little scandal in advance... making him a liar, too.

He should know better: if you're going to be a lying politician, you have to be a Democrat to get away with it.

mr burns

Based upon the comments it is amazing how progressives can spot corruption and criminal activities in those who oppose their ideas and are blind to the corruption and lies of their own. To them the IRS didn't harass and target conservative groups to the point of influencing the election, no-one has been running guns to Mexican drug cartels , you can keep your health insurance and doctor, the murder of our ambassador in an almost undefended compound was done by film critics and had nothing to do with secret sales of weapons to Syrian rebels,
Things are going magnificently in Afganistan (stimulating the prosthetic limb and funeral home industries), Syria, Eraq and Egypt because of our brilliant diplomacy and steely resolve, and of course a strong economic recovery is just about to begin. Why there is nothing left to blame Bush for because everything is going so well.

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