This new ad from the College Republican National Committee, pushing Rick Scott for governor of Florida, is about as grotesquely condescending and demeaning to women as it’s possible to be.
Imagine the “brainstorming” sessions for this:
“You know those women, all they think about is makeup and clothes — so how about if we make the candidates into wedding dresses, and the Rick Scott dress is the cool one? It can’t lose! Governor’s office, here we come!”
“Don’t forget, we need at least one African American in it!”
It’s far beyond tone-deaf at this point — Republicans are just getting weird.
Of course it was already blazingly obvious, but today the Palm Beach Post reports that former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist says new early voting regulations were specifically designed by the Republican Party to suppress Democratic votes.
A new Florida law that contributed to long voter lines and caused some to abandon voting altogether was intentionally designed by Florida GOP staff and consultants to inhibit Democratic voters, former GOP officials and current GOP consultants have told The Palm Beach Post.
Republican leaders said in proposing the law that it was meant to save money and fight voter fraud. But a former GOP chairman and former Gov. Charlie Crist, both of whom have been ousted from the party, now say that fraud concerns were advanced only as subterfuge for the law’s main purpose: GOP victory.
Crist said party leaders approached him during his 2007-2011 gubernatorial term about changing early voting, in an effort to suppress Democrat turnout. Crist is now at odds with the GOP, since abandoning the party to run for U.S. Senate as an independent in 2010. He is rumored to be planning another run for governor, as a Democrat.
Crist said in a telephone interview this month that he did not recall conversations about early voting specifically targeting black voters “but it looked to me like that was what was being suggested. And I didn’t want them to go there at all.”
About inhibiting minority voters, [Former Republican Party of Florida Chairman] Greer said:
“The sad thing about that is yes, there is prejudice and racism in the party but the real prevailing thought is that they don’t think minorities will ever vote Republican,” he said.
“It’s not really a broad-based racist issue. It’s simply that the Republican Party gave up a long time ago ever believing that anything they did would get minorities to vote for them.”
But a GOP consultant who asked to remain anonymous out of fear of retribution said black voters were a concern. “I know that the cutting out of the Sunday before Election Day was one of their targets only because that’s a big day when the black churches organize themselves,” he said.
GOP spokesman [Brian] Burgess discounted Crist’s statement to The Post.
“Charlie Crist speaks out of both sides of his mouth,” he said.
For today’s moment of Dada, here’s Charlie Crist with an abject apology to David Byrne (of the Talking Heads).
The weirdest story of the day comes from Florida (where else?), where one of Gov. Charlie Crist’s biggest financial backers is trying to use his political pull to gain access to scores of the state’s sealed immunization records — records that include Social Security numbers and home addresses.
The guy who’s demanding these records is an anti-vaccination kook, notorious for promoting a very expensive quack treatment for autism that involves injections of Lupron, a “chemical castration” drug, and his reason for wanting the records is to conduct “research” to prove that vaccines cause autism.
Penn Bullock and Brandon K. Thorp have the full whacked-out story at the Miami New Times: Crist backer Gary Kompothecras bullies Florida health officials.
“This madness has got to stop. No more double talk. This should be a fairly straightforward study. I feel that there are hidden agendas going on and I will not stand by [and] let it continue!! I will not wait any longer,” reads an email dated August 6 from Dr. Gary Kompothecras to Dr. Julia Gill, director of the Florida Department of Health’s (DOH) Division of Disease Control.
Coming from anyone else, the blustery email threat might be easily dismissed. But “Dr. Gary,” as Kompothecras is known, is the self-styled “Rainmaker,” a Sarasota chiropractor who has raised more than $1 million over the years for Senate candidate and soon-to-be ex-governor Charlie Crist.
So it’s bound to turn heads when the man known to occasionally lend his private jet to the governor uses his political clout to try to bully Florida health officials into turning over scores of the state’s sealed immunization records. Especially when they’re for a father-son team, Dr. Mark and David Geier, infamous for injecting autistic children with Lupron, a drug used to chemically castrate prostate cancer patients and pedophiles.
“I will be speaking to the governor’s office next week,” Kompothecras, who has served on the Governor’s Task Force on Autism Spectrum Disorders since 2008, wrote in his email. “I will even fly up to Tallahassee to sit down with the governors’ chief of staff and explain in detail the railroad we have been on.” Then he signed off with a demand and a threat: “I want a clear, precise time line now!! Govern yourselves accordingly.”
Kompothecras — founder of the lawyer referral service 1-800-ASK-GARY and a leading light in the “anti-vax” movement, which promotes the long-discredited theory that vaccines cause autism — copied Crist’s chief of staff, Shane Strum; the DOH’s chief of staff, Robert Siedlecki; and other DOH officials on the email.
A well-placed source within Florida government, who asked to remain anonymous, claims the governor’s office has been putting “political pressure” on the DOH to submit to the Geiers’ demands. Turning over the sealed immunization records, the source says, would be “reckless, careless, shortsighted, and politically motivated.”
Finally! A Republican politician who isn’t diving into the Muslim-hating gutter: Crist backs Obama on controversial Islamic center.
Oh, wait … that’s right. Crist was purged from the Republican Party as a RINO.
Panama City, Florida (CNN) – In a boost for President Obama on a red-hot controversy, Florida Gov. Charlie Crist told CNN Saturday that he fully supports Obama’s decision to back construction of an Islamic center and mosque near New York’s ground zero.
“I think he’s right - yeah,” Crist, who was elected governor as a Republican but is now running for Senate as an independent candidate, told CNN. “We are a country in my view that stands for freedom of religion. You know, respect for others. I know there are sensitivities and I understand that, but I think Mayor Bloomberg is right and I think the President is right.”
Good work, teabaggers! Due to your support for creationist far right candidate Marco Rubio in Florida, Charlie Crist’s poll numbers are soaring.
Florida Gov. Charlie Crist has widened his lead in the three-way race for the state’s next senator, a new poll conducted for the state Chamber of Commerce finds (June 9-13, 607 LV, MoE +/- 4%). Crist, running as an independent, leads Republican Marco Rubio by 11 points with Democrat Kendrick Meek treading in the low teens.
Is David Frum really backing far right candidate Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist, just because Crist may run as an independent? Yes, he really is.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that party loyalty trumps principle once again.
The big political news of the day: Florida Governor Charlie Crist is bailing out of the Republican Party and running for the Senate as an independent against tea party candidate (and creationist) Marco Rubio.
Republican political consultant Rick Wilson, about the Florida GOP Senate primary:
“I expect a scorched earth, smoking, radioactive wasteland, a postapocalypic Mad Max hellscape.”