The Wall Street Journal contends Charlie Crist isn’t about to make the same mistake Arlen Specter did:
Florida Governor Charlie Crist isn’t about to make the same mistake Arlen Specter did. The Pennsylvania senator promised to refund contributions to his Senate campaign after he switched parties last year. The promise eventually wound up costing him $1.2 million in refunds to disgruntled donors.
Mr. Crist will apparently keep any money donated to him on the assumption he would be running as a Republican for Senate this year. Now that he has changed his voter registration to independent, requests for refunds have been pouring in to Crist Central Command. Indeed, the governor had encouraged such requests when he told MSNBC last month he would “probably” return any contributions upon request. That was then. His campaign now denies his previous statement has any validity, adding: “They donated to the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate Campaign, and it’s still the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate Campaign.” Mr. Crist has said he now will go on a “listening” tour of Florida cities, so he could hear from average voters.
The campaign of Marco Rubio, who ran Mr. Crist out of the GOP primary, couldn’t resist a comment on Mr. Crist’s latest flip flop: “As Charlie Crist continually reinvents himself to do-say-be anything to win an election, he is now going back on his word to Floridians and is decidedly not listening to the people. It seems that Charlie Crist is only willing to listen to the people if they don’t want a refund from his campaign.”