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NY Times front-page story on Charlie Crist: Florida Republican becomes a right-wing target

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From the NY Times: “Now, as a season of tea parties and fractious town hall meetings has energized the right wing, that embrace has endangered what once seemed like Mr. Crist’s surefire bid for a Senate seat and put Florida at the center of a debate about the future of the Republican Party.

Republican pragmatists argue that to take back its majority, the party has to appeal to a broader range of voters, even if it means running candidates who might stray from the party orthodoxy.

Conservatives counter that Republicans have become Democrats’ enablers in bigger deficits and bigger government, and that the way to win is to sharpen the distinctions between the parties.

A raft of conservative groups, commentators and politicians are supporting a primary challenge to Mr. Crist by Marco Rubio, a telegenic former speaker of the Florida House christened a Reaganite’s answer to Mr. Obama by The National Review.” For the rest of the article, please visit The New York Times here.

The NY Times articles comes after another weekend of bad press for Crist:

Bradenton Herald – Rubio: The choice for voters is ‘profound’
Jacksonville.com – Charlie Crist: Focused on himself
Miami Herald – Crist doesn’t deserve GOP support
Wall Street Journal – Lawyer crashes after a life in the fast lane

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