The Bumper Sticker Quest: Crist for Senate
In case you missed it I am on a quest to get as many political bumper stickers as I can. Any candidate who sends me a sticker (and I have requested dozens now) will get a write up and an endorsement on this blog.
The first sticker I received was one supporting Charlie Crist:
So Charlie Crist’s bid for senate comes on the heels of his election to the Governors Mansion in Tallahassee in 2006. He has been a moderate Republican Governor, the kind that can win elections in the swing state that Florida has become. Upon Mel Martinez’s 2008 announcement that he would not seek reelection to the Senate, there were rumors that Crist would make a run for it.
In May of 2009 Crist announced his intention to run for the Senate to fill Martinez’s seat. Instantly becoming the heavy favorite to win the nomination and the seat. There was the highly conservative Florida Speaker of the House Marco Rubio running, but as this CNN article, published when Crist announced, points out, Rubio trailed Crist 54% to 8%.
Any other year this is the end of the story. The popular, establishment endorsed Governor wins the election. However, this is the year of the Tea Party. About a year after that first poll with Rubio barely showing up, Crist was forced out of the Republican party because he knew he would lose the nomination.
Since April the election has been a three-way race between Crist, Rubio and Democrat Kendrick Meek. Still, Rubio has a commanding lead over both of his challengers with a poll today showing him up 44% to Crist’s 33% and Meek’s 21%.
But maybe all of that will change with this endorsement, so here goes: I hereby endorse Governor Charlie Crist for the office of United States Senator from Florida. This is based on his continued independence, his belief in the importance of building America’s infrastructure, and most importantly, the fact that he sent me a bumper sticker. Vote Crist on November 2.