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Mystery group has anti-Crist robo call


Voters across Florida heard a mysterious robo call over the weekend that seemed to aimed at attacking likely Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist.

"It had someone who sounded like Charlie Crist, saying ...'I stand for traditional marriage, I'm pro-life, I'm against amnesty for illegal immigrants," said one caller on our voice mail. "That seemed clearly like fraud."

On a website tracking unwanted callers, "gd" wrote: "just received a call with edited snippets of Charlie Crist or some voice imitater designed to make him appear conservative. Despicable conservative GOP tricks; would not expect any better from Gov Scott the Medicare rippoff felon."

Despicable? Actually, the only thing nefarious about the call is its source, which is kept from anyone receiving the call. A woman at the end of the recording saying it was paid for by "the conservative" and includes a phone number - 727-350-9348 - that when reached gives calls the option of being removed from a call list. This appears to the connected to a political committee run by Stafford Jones, a Republican operative and Alachua party chairman, who enjoys making mischief in Democratic primaries.

The recording itself is indeed Charlie Crist - circa 2006, when he campaigning against fellow Republican Tom Gallagher for the gubernatorial nomination.

The full message:

"Hi, this is Charlie Crist calling to set the record straight. I'm pro-life. I oppose amnesty for illegal immigrants, I support traditional marriage, and I have never supported a new tax or big spending program. It's sad that in his fourth try for governor my opponent has resorted to distortions and untruths… Floridians need a consistent, conservative governor that they can trust. I would appreciate your vote on election day. Thank you so much and God bless you, and God bless Florida."

That recording has been kicking around for years. The Marco Rubio campaign talked about using the recording in late 2010 after Crist left the Republican party and ran for senate as an independent eager to peel Democratic votes away from Kendrick Meek.

A spokesman for the Crist campaign called it a "shady voter suppression tactic."

"Republicans are so desperate they're not even bothering to cover their tracks: they’re targeting Democratic primary voters with a robocall that’s nearly a decade old, hoping to fool them into thinking it’s new," said spokesman Brendan Gilfillan. "Republicans are running scared – so they're trying to suppress the vote. But it won’t work."


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Highly paid Republican operative

We do excel at dirty tricks.

Can't take anymore

Just another mudslinging event from Team Scott. When you have no positive record to run on and a $100 million campaign war chest this is what we will see from them 24/7 until after the election in November. If Scott was actually running on his legitimate accomplishments as Governor the ad's would be very brief and few in number.

Highly paid Republican operative



So Brendan Gilligan thinks using someone's own statement is a dirty trick?

ed jenkins

Democrat primary voters will not fall for these advertisement of this scumbag crist who claims to have all of these family and business friendly positions on this call which democrat primary voters would agree with but know in reality he is simply a lying scumbag and an embarrassment to the party he is trying to associate with but the voters of which have already rejected.

Voice of reason

Another nonsensical run on sentence!

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