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Protesters disrupt Charlie Crist's Little Havana field office opening: "Shame on you!"

@MarcACaputo

Charlie Crist's Plantation field office opening was a smashing success, with amped up crowds of supporters and controlled conditions.

The Little Havana field office opening on Saturday? Not so much. 

Any outside event in Miami is prone to be disrupted by protesters. That's the reason Gov. Rick Scott last week campaigned inside a car dealership. The Democrats outside couldn't be heard.

But Crist's staff decided to hold a media event outside. Republican protestors, many fired up over Crist's anti-embargo stance, made him pay for it, as a video from the conservative Shark Tank Blog shows.

"Shame on you! Shame on you!" they chanted, drowning out one speaker.

Crist had to take the mic and lead his supporters to chant back: "We love you! We love you!"

It's a nice message. But that's not Crist's campaign message.

Later, Crist campaign manager Omar Khan, addressed the crowd.

"We're not really going to be distracted by them," Khan said. "They can keep on screaming."

Well, they did. And when you and your candidate stop your speech, that's the definition of getting distracted.

"There's going to be a lot of noise," Khan said. "And the biggest amount of noise -- I wish this was going to be our biggest problem. It's not. It's going to be $100 million they spend on us."

On hand for the Republicans: former Congressman and Cuban exile leader Lincoln Diaz-Balart.

“Charlie Crist should realize that some things need to be above politics,” Diaz-Balart said in a statement. “There is too much human suffering involved for Crist to use Cuba in his search for attention.  His most recent comments about Cuba reveal a shallowness which is truly shocking. His nonchalant attitude on Cuba is callous and embarrassing.” 

 

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Highly Paid GOP Operative

This worked out better than I ever expected. Those people that we bussed in and paid to make noise and disrupt the Crist office opening really did a great job. The money was well worth it! It reminds me of the good old days in 2000 when we hired those people to disrupt the vote counting downtown in the Dade County Courthouse as per JEB!'s orders and helped to get his brother, el jefe, in the white house.

Highly paid Republican operative

Damm we are good!

Another victory for the our great party.

no name

He is still winning a big chunk of vote out of Miami-Dade.

Can't take anymore

Got to love those Republican tried and true dirty tricks. Too bad it's the same old stuff but hell it got that bumbling idiot W into the presidency. Lincoln out trying to be relevant again but it's too late since he is a bona fide has-been.

Can't take anymore

Got to love those Republican tried and true dirty tricks. Too bad it's the same old stuff but hell it got that bumbling idiot W into the presidency. Lincoln out trying to be relevant again but it's too late since he is a bona fide has-been.

JKD

“There is too much human suffering involved for Crist to use Cuba in his search for attention. His most recent comments about Cuba reveal a shallowness which is truly shocking. His nonchalant attitude on Cuba is callous and embarrassing.”

Truer words were never spoken!

Wonder how people would react if he said we should have had business dealings with the Nazis.

MarvinM

Remember when Rick Scott opened a Broward County campaign office and spoke before a completely non-solicited crowd of regular, everyday folks?

Yeah, me neither because it never happened. And I wonder if it ever will.

I hope all those trying to drown out Crist's words the other day will do something more helpful to them, which is to contact the current governor and get not only his opinion on the issue but have him spell out his plans for the future of Florida-Cuba relations. Does he have any new ideas? As an example, does Scott plan to encourage Sen. Rubio to introduce new legislation that would benefit Florida and Floridians? And what would that legislation entail?

I understand that this issue is very important to some Florida voters, but I urge them to do more research on the candidates before voting. For example, to vote against Candidate X just because some TV ad says Candidate X didn't support the Cuba embargo may lead a voter to vote against someone who would in fact better serve the very cause they believe in.

And that's only one issue (and state governors can't really do much about it; it's a federal issue). There are many, many, more issues we need to consider before voting for - or against - someone as our next governor.

Miamimom

GOP doesn't pay anyone to protest, they don't have the money.
Period. Not like the unions, SEIU who get paid
to show up. When you see a fired up GOP crowd, that's
as grass roots as you can get.

Highly paid Republican iperative

The GOP doesn't have the money; now that is rich!
And I don't mean Nan Rich.

Highly Paid GOP Operative

I really can't take full credit for this. I learned a lot from working for Karl for many years. We still joke about what we did in South Carolina to McCain. It was priceless.

Highly paid Republican operative

Is that you Lee?

D

Shut the hell up you losers complaining about this. The cubans are people who have a right to be upset about this piece of crap crist after they suffered so many years under oppression and struggled to get here just to see this ahole supporting communist dictators. And you losers posting under names making it sound like you are part of the republican party knock it off becasue no one is buying your bs.

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