His one-time ally and current opponent, Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera, found that out that hard way on Monday when he was assigned to shadow Crist at a Palm Beach County event and give Gov. Rick Scott’s response.
Crist stepped all over Lopez-Cantera’s message, however, as made plain in a 30-second Palm Beach Post video of an awkward exchange between the two. The Democrat interrupted the lieutenant governor’s press gaggle, shook his hand and then basically declared Lopez-Cantera not good enough to debate.
“Give me Scott,” Crist said as he walked away.
Basically, Crist disrupted the disruptor.
Here’s the breakdown, from the beginning:
At that point, Crist appeared in the background, and offered his handshake to Lopez-Cantera.
Crist: “Good to see you.”
Lopez-Cantera: “Hey. How are you?”
Crist: “Doing well. Say hi to your family for me.”
Reporter: “Governor, he says you’ve told lies about Gov. Scott…”
Crist: “He's got to debate the lieutenant governor candidate.
“Give me Scott.”
Lopez-Cantera aide: “Last question.”
None needed. That’s a wrap.