GOP criticizes Charlie Crist for making education cuts that he didn’t make

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The Republican Party of Florida is criticizing former Gov. Charlie Crist for blocking some education cuts while he was governor.

The party on Tuesday sent out a press release comparing Crist’s record on education to incumbent Gov. Rick Scott.

That release faulted Crist for his vetoes of education spending during his first year in office. But the release also listed what it called additional education vetoes from 2009.

It turns out, however, Crist wasn’t cutting education spending that year.

Crist was actually vetoing cuts approved by the Legislature during a special session. Lawmakers were forced to approve cuts because state revenue was dropping during the recession.

Crist in his 2009 veto message wrote that he could not go along with cuts to Florida’s most vulnerable residents.