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John Cornyn: GOP leaders want their money back from Charlie Crist

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With Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist expected to formally announce late Thursday that he will run for the Senate as an independent, GOP leaders made clear they would do their best to starve him of campaign funds. At a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters, Senator John Cornyn of Texas, Chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC), said, “I certainly will request the money that I donated to his campaign from my leadership PAC back.” Senator Cornyn added that, “people have already…

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Kendrick Meek’s fellow Florida Dems return Charles Rangel $$$

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The National Republican Senatorial Committee says House Democrats — including Florida’s Ron Klein and Suzanne Kosmas — have returned $378,000 of embattled Congressman Charles Rangel’s campaign contributions. But “despite this outpouring from his Democratic colleagues, for some reason Kendrick Meek continues to hang onto the $5,500 from his ethically-challenged contributor,” the committee shot today. A spokesman for Meek said the $5,000 the Miami Democrat got from Rangel’s political action committee was for his 2008 congressional campaign and he has no…

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Marco Rubio’s congressional supporters to come out for D.C. events

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From CQ: Gov. Charlie Crist (R) may be endorsed by the National Republican Senatorial Committee but his primary challenger, former state House Speaker Marco Rubio (R), isn’t without his own big name backers in Washington, D.C. And those supporters are coming out in force during Rubio’s visit to Washington, D.C. later this month. Florida Reps. Ginny Brown-Waite and Jeff Miller, who have both endorsed Rubio, are headlining a meet and greet event on Dec. 15 to introduce Rubio around the…

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Human Events: The Other George LeMieux

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From Human Events: Florida Gov. Charles Crist’s appointment of his closest political associate, unknown George Lemieux, to the Senate may cause some harm to Crist’s own bid for the same Senate seat next year. Two weeks ago Crist made the appointment to fill out the remaining sixteen months of the term of fellow Republican Mel Martinez (who had resigned his Senate seat) the warning signs are clearly in sight. At first, supporters of the moderate Crist’s primary opponent, former Florida…

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Sens. Mitch McConnell, John Cornyn, John McCain to raise money for Charlie Crist

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Florida’s Republican Governor Charlie Crist is getting a big boost for his U.S. Senate bid from a bevy of GOP A-listers. Helping to raise money for Crist in Washington are Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) chairman Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and 2008 GOP presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The power trio will be on hand – along with yet other Republican luminaries – to help attract major donors at an event for Crist…

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Atlanta J-C weighs in on Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio

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Jay Bookman: The ultra-conservative wing of the GOP wants to make Florida’s Republican Senate primary a test case of its power. The race pits Gov. Charlie Crist, a moderate who had the audacity to endorse President Obama’s stimulus plan, against hard-core conservative Marco Rubio, a former speaker of the state House. Crist also just signed a new state budget raising the cigarette tax and various fees by $2 billion, an act that further fueled conservative anger. Even worse, the moderate…

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John Cornyn responds directly on Red State blog re: NRSC endorsement of Crist

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Senator John Cornyn posted directly on Red State: “While this political environment appears dire and presents short-term setbacks for Republicans, I believe that it also provides us with a real opportunity for 2010. Next November could be a turning point for the future of our Party – but only if we unite and take advantage of this critical opportunity. That means holding the Democrats accountable for their records, providing real solutions, reaching out to new constituencies, and fielding candidates who…

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