It seems Charlie Crist has ruffled quite a few GOP feathers with political pundits saying that his support of the federal stimulus bill may have ruined his chances if he wishes to run for Mel Martinez’s U.S. Senate seat.
From the Palm Beach Post’s political blog Q:
A GOP activist tried unsuccessfully Wednesday night to get the Palm Beach County Republican Executive Committee to “censure” Republican Gov. Charlie Crist for, among other things, appearing with President Obama in Fort Myers this week and supporting an $800 billion economic stimulus plan pushed by Democrats.
The suggestion by REC member Steven Ledewitz of Boynton Beach drew a fair amount of applause from the audience of about 120 GOP committee members. But county GOP Chairman Sid Dinerstein said Ledewitz would have to wait until the party’s next meeting and present his proposal in writing before it could be considered.
Dinerstein didn’t directly criticize Crist, but said “I understand the frustration” and called the stimulus bill “awful.”