Trouble In Paradise: Club For Growth Whacks Charlie Crist

May 27, 2009 6:34 pm ET — Chris Harris

In yet another division within the Republican party's ever-shrinking tent, the ultra-conservative Club for Growth attacked Florida Governor Charlie Crist for breaking his "no new taxes" pledge.

A Party Divided

In yet another division within the Republican party's ever-shrinking tent, fiscal conservatives are rebelling against the GOP establishment's candidate for the 2010 Florida Senate race - Gov. Charlie Crist.

The ultra-conservative Club for Growth issued a press release titled "Charlie Crist: As Good as His Word" in which they state:

Times are tough in Florida, but not for Governor Charlie Crist. Rather than clamping down on government spending, he broke his no-new-taxes pledge today by balancing the state's budget with over $2 billion in new taxes and fees ("Crist signs budget," Miami Herald, 5/27/09).

"It's one thing to change your position, and quite another to flat-out break your word," said Club President Chris Chocola. "Charlie Crist sent a strong message to Florida voters today that he's just another politician."

Crist had firmly committed to oppose new taxes as Governor, signing a pledge that reads, "I, Charlie Crist, pledge to the taxpayers of the State of Florida, that I will oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes" (ATR Taxpayer Protection Pledge). Crist has signed a similar pledge for federal candidates.

Click HERE to view the press release

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