Despite Charlie Crist’s very public embrace of Barack Obama and Obama’s federal stimulus plan, Florida ranks dead last in dollars received per person according to a study by the Palm Beach Post. Crist’s endorsement of the stimulus, which brought the Governor considerable heat from deficit hawks within his own party, gave the President a much-needed bipartisan boost as he sold the plan to the American public earlier this year. That involvement seems not to have paid off to many Floridians.
Florida TaxWatch’s Dominic Calabro placed the blame on Florida’s elected officials. In an interview with the Palm Beach Post, Calabro alleged that the low return per resident showed “how inept Florida’s government officials are.”
The Post questions the ability of the stimulus to improve Florida’s unemployment rate—something the President promised would be a result when he touted the stimulus in a Florida stop in February.
The low distribution has left many Floridians confused and left the President potentially vulnerable in a battleground state. Read the Post’s article in its entirety here.