Prebutting his expected gubernatorial run, Florida GOP launches new series of attacks on Crist’s record

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A day after a Tampa Bay Times story highlighted the coterie of advisers counseling Charlie Crist as he tacks toward a 2014 gubernatorial bid, the Florida GOP is launching a series of attacks on the former governor’s record. “This Day In CRIST-ory,” is a new research-based communications campaign that will, Republican leaders say, showcase research, facts, figures, pictures, videos and other items, much of which will be Crist’s own words.

“‘This Day In CRIST-ory’ will take a hard look at all of Charlie Crist’s failures and flip flops,” said Republican Party of Florida Chairman Lenny Curry. “Much of this new campaign takes very little effort because Crist gives us so much material from things that come out of his own mouth. Floridians will be exposed to the fact that, at the end of the day, Charlie Crist is for himself, and not at all ‘for the people.'”

The debut item for “This Day In CRIST-ory” is a mock video (watch it below) about what the RPOF describes as a $2.2 billion tax hike Crist supported.

In a press release, the Florida GOP outlined that “This Day In CRIST-ory” will have two main digital components: 

  • A Twitter account: @CRISToryClass: The “CRIST-ory Class” Twitter account will be the main source of breaking material, supplying links to all items distributed.
  • A Tumblr blog – here: The “CRIST-ory Lessons” Tumblr page will allow users to easily share material with their friends and followers on Facebok, Twitter and other social media channels.

Crist says he hasn’t made up his mind about a run for governor in 2014. 

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