I don’t remember Florida GOP complaining about Rudy Giuliani campaigning at St. Pete High School

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A school administrator gave permission to the Democratic candidate to film the ad at St. Petersburg High. But district officials said that was an “error in judgment” that violated school board policy.

I knew as soon as I saw the ad that Crist filming at St. Pete High would be problematic. I am also surprised no one in Cristworld anticipated there would be problems, even if a school administrator did give Crist permission to film at SPHS.

Of course, a school administrator is going to give Crist permission to film a political commercial on the campus. It’s Charlie freakin’ Crist, after all. At St. Petersburg High, Crist is still the BMOC. School administrators would have students stuff envelopes for Crist’s campaign if Charlie asked!

Throughout his political career, Crist has campaigned/produced ads for his past campaigns at SPHS, but that was when he was a Republican. In fact, one of the locations from which Crist “launched” his campaign for Education Commissioner was, you guessed it, St. Petersburg High School. When he ran for governor the first time, Crist barnstormed through and filmed TV commercials at St. Pete High.

The Florida GOP didn’t complain then about the Home of the Green Devils hosting a political rally, just as Republicans did not complain when former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani campaigned for president in 2007 at an event at St. Pete High.

The reason why the Florida GOP is complaining now, as Crist spokesman Brendan Gilfillan rightly points out, is that the current ad in question criticizes Gov. Rick Scott’s education record.

No Crist supporter is more critical of Crist’s unforced errors than me, but Crist’s campaign did what it was suppose to do and got permission to shoot his education-themed TV ad at his alma mater.

The ad should stay up.

Material from the Associated Press was used in this post.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.