Will Weatherford: Why did Charlie Crist “leave Florida in our time?”

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First it was Senate President Don Gaetz, now it’s House Speaker Will Weatherford’s turn to bash Charlie Crist, who you might have noticed, formally announced his campaign for Governor today.

“If Charlie Crist wants to be Governor so bad again, why did he leave Florida in our time of great need, when we had over an 11 percent unemployment rate with 832,000 people out of work?” asked Weatherford in a statement released by the Republican Party of Florida. “Florida really needed a leader then, but he turned his back on our state. If we couldn’t count on him then, how can we count on him now?”

I’m sorry, Mr. Speaker, I know you don’t like Charlie Crist, but I don’t get how running for the U.S. Senate is “leaving” Florida?

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