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Republican Women respond to Crist...and they're not happy

Here's an open letter to Crist from Cindy Graves, president of the Florida Federation of Republican Women: :

"The proverb: "Hell Hath no Fury Like a Woman Scorned" (William Congreve, The Mourning Bride, 1697) originates from a tale of injustice and deceit and seems especially appropriate today. With that in mind, most Republican women will look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail in a whole new light.

"The good members of The Florida Federation of Republican Women collectively spent hundreds of thousands of hours rallying voters to elect you in what we hoped would be a successful two-term run as our Republican governor. Since then, Republicans have watched the slow unraveling of the Crist myth occasionally stymied by your affable charm and the heavy-handed tactics of the Greer/Crist PR machine.

"Within two years of your election, even adamant supporters began to develop misgivings about your leadership. Those uncertainties have morphed into outrage mixed with a peculiar sense of gratitude on this day. No doubt, most Republicans will now thank you for your defection as most have felt honor bound by Ronald Reagan's 11th commandment in regard to you. Independent voters are a savvy and a highly principled group. I doubt they will be swayed by your new campaign as the 'people's candidate'.

"The lack of integrity you have shown is astounding and has only become more aggressive since the first hint of it in 2008.

"It is no secret that the majority of active Republican women leaders did not support John McCain in the Primary. All were stunned and disappointed when you endorsed McCain after having promised to stay neutral. As you know, we later went on to build the largest coalition in the country in support of the McCain/Palin ticket because that's what good Republicans do.

"What became even more surprising to us later was that you unabashedly ceased to campaign for the ticket in any meaningful way once your bid for the vice presidential slot was captured by Sarah Palin. 

"The beginning of the end came in February of 2009 when you and President Obama shared the infamous hug causing the FFRW - for the first time in our 60 year history - to issue a resolution outlining our displeasure over the actions of a sitting Governor.

"You continuously ignored conservative principles by appointing liberal judges and causing a scandal over attempts to bully our National Committeewoman into unethically signing a Rule 11 letter so that your campaign could obtain a king's ransom from the National Republican Senatorial Committee.

"Floridians have been treated with leaks of stolen documents that were used in vile and misleading attacks unleashed on your opponent that must surely be the most unscrupulous behavior ever exhibited by a sitting Governor upon another member of his Party.

"I would caution the hard working members of Florida's teachers union to beware of false promises as they put their loyalties and considerable political clout behind a candidate whose only motivation is political expediency and can do little for Florida education as a U.S. Senator. Education was your job for the last four years.

"As governor, you have shown a blatant disregard of even the most basic of campaign promises with today's final betrayal. You have provided proof positive that your political agenda will benefit no one but Charlie Crist and certainly not Florida's students.

"Thank goodness you will be running on your record and we will all be free at last to really 'drive the discussion'.


Cindy Graves