Florida’s governor is now dining on a dish that is proverbially best served cold:
On a conference call today with bloggers, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani discussed his endorsement of Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate, saying his endorsement goes beyond “whether Charlie Crist broke his word with me on several occasions – he did – that’s the reality, that’s the truth, he did break his word.”
In case you’ve forgotten, Giuliani staked his 2008 presidential bid on the hope of winning the Florida primary, believing he could count on Crist’s endorsement:
Crist instead lent his last-minute support to Arizona Republican John McCain, who ultimately won that state’s pivotal presidential primary and effectively ended Giuliani’s hopes of becoming the GOP’s presidential nominee.
Tim Mak of Frum Forum explains just what a devastating payback this is:
Rudy’s endorsement is powerful because it strikes to the core of Crist’s already-dwindling support. It tells moderate Republicans that they should give Marco Rubio a second look. This endorsement could be the point in this campaign where Rubio’s ascendancy to the Republican nomination becomes inevitable.
According to Stu Rothenberg, Crist still doesn’t understand that he’s through. I’m sure the Spectator‘s man in Florida, Larry Thornberry, will soon have much more to say about this latest disaster for Charlie Crist.
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