Four years ago today, the Florida Democratic Party launched a new website, CutandRunCrist.com, to drive home the message that when the going got tough in Florida, then-Republican Gov. Charlie Crist bailed on Florida to run for U.S. Senate.
"By running for U.S. Senate, Charlie Crist has cut and run on the Sunshine State, once again taking the easy way out, avoiding responsibility and leaving the hard work of facing Florida's problems to the next governor," Democratic Party Chairwoman Karen Thurman said at the time. "At a time when Florida needs real leadership, unfortunately Charlie Crist is running from the mess he created, which is why Floridians are going to send Crist into retirement come Election Day. As governor, Crist has had time to jet-set around on his cronies' private jets, attend cocktail parties in Washington D.C., and hobnob with celebrities, yet he has done nothing to create jobs in Florida."
That happens to be the same message the Florida GOP is using today as Crist runs as a Democrat for the job he gave up. So it was mighty fortunate for the Republicans that the state Democratic party forgot to renew that site, so the Republicans could buy it. Today, the Florida Republican party re-launches CutandRunCrist.com, which among other things features a bunch of quotes from current Crist supporters attacking him for leaving Florida in its time of need.
“When Florida lost over 830,000 jobs and saw its unemployment rate triple thanks to Charlie Crist’s failed leadership, he didn’t stick around to help Florida families. Instead, he tried to run away to Washington. And when he did, Florida Democrats aggressively reminded voters that Charlie Crist was only out for himself," said Lt. Gov. Carlos Lopez-Cantera. "By re-launching this website, we’re happy to let Democrats make the case against the man they’ve now embraced as their party’s choice for governor.”
For those keeping track, this is the third former Florida Democratic Party website that the GOP has bought because the Democrats neglected to renew it. The Florida GOP also owns www.EmptyChairCharlie.com and www.FloridaDems.com.