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PB Post’s Joel Engelhardt: Charlie Crist’s maverick run for U.S. Senate is in tatters

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I guess this guy didn’t see today’s poll numbers:

Sorry, Charlie. It’s over.

Gov. Crist’s maverick run for U.S. Senate is in tatters, torn by his ties to Jim Greer, his man at the Republican Party of Florida who is under indictment over a kickback scheme. The full effect of Mr. Greer’s arrest may not have rocked the Crist campaign yet, but there’s a whole summer of digging to come.

This is not necessarily about whether Mr. Greer is guilty. It’s about why Gov. Crist refused to scrutinize Mr. Greer’s behavior even as he was warned to do so by at least one key supporter months before the party became a laughingstock.

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