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Rubio Might Challenge Crist

It looks as if former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio (R-Miami) isn’t all that impressed by the supposed political powerhouse that is Charlie Crist.  Rubio has already staked out major differences with Crist that would make him [Rubio] more attractive the conservative wing of the Republican Party, particularly on the issue of gambling.  Now, “a source close to Rubio” says he may challenge Crist for the GOP nomination for the US Senate seat being vacated by Mel Martinez (R).  (Rubio may have been encouraged by the overwhelming boos that greeted Charlie Crist at a recent Miami Heat game.)

Former Florida House Speaker Marco Rubio is considering running for the Senate whether or not Gov. Charlie Crist ultimately decides to run, according to a source familiar with his thinking.

Rubio, who previously said he would run for governor if Crist jumped in the Senate race, has shifted his thinking since the governor made some decisions that have been met with anger from the party’s conservative base.

What is particularly funny about this speculation is that the “source close to Rubio” is quite obviously Rubio himself.  After all, as soon as the article came out, Rubio Twittered it on his Twitter account.



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