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Someone’s dumping a Charlie Crist portrait on eBay, but Florida Republican Party says, ‘Not us’

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Someone is trying to peddle a portrait of ex-Republican, newly-independent Charlie Crist on eBay.

But the Florida Republican Party is disavowing any association with it or the sale. Although party officials said Friday they planned to auction off a used portrait of Crist recently removed from GOP headquarters, the one currently up for bid is not theirs — despite the seller’s advertised name: “florida_gop.”

“I just found out about that a few minutes ago. That’s not ours,” said Katie Betta, spokeswoman for the state party.

The language alongside the portrait puts Crist in the same group as four former politicians who all exited their respected offices after being involved in gay sex scandals:

Have you ever taken over a non-profit organization only to be left with huge AMEX bills and ugly portraits of the folks that looted the place? Well, we’ve got some debt to pay down and unwanted “art”.

Scott Rothstein commissioned this beautiful, GIMP crafted, artist signed, original portrait of Florida Governor and US Senate hopeful Charlie Crist. This classic work captures the essence of Crist and will complete your portrait collection of political heroes like Larry Craig, Jim McGreevey, Mark Foley, and Bob Allen!

Calling the language “inappropriate,” Betta said party attorneys are “working to have the post removed” as the seller is using a name that could be mistaken for the official Republican party.

“We intend to post our oil painting on Monday,” she said.

In the meantime, the current portrait is getting a lot of action. The top bid is $1,025.01 after 52 bids.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, 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.

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