More trouble for the embattled Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida for the state’s much sought after Senate seat. Former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney has just released a press statement today regarding his endorsement of Crist’s opponent, Marco Rubio for the office. The Free and Strong America (Mitt Romney) PAC also said that it would make a maximum contribution — $5,000 — to Rubio’s campaign.
A young, tenacious political outsider and darling of Tea Party protesters, Marco Rubio resonates with the burgeoning conservative countermovement well beyond the peninsular confines of Florida. Rubio’s escalating popularity is a formidable threat to Crist, whose political persona is more closely aligned with the Republican establishment. Unfortunately for Crist, the Republican Old Guard is precisely what so many energized, disaffected conservatives are rejecting in droves and railing against at their Tea Parties.
For Mitt Romney’s part, one cannot help but surmise that, although he is surely embracing Rubio for substantive reasons, Romney is also interested in corralling Tea Party support for a future presidential bid.
Romney’s statement via the Free and Strong America PAC,
Today, the Free and Strong America PAC announced Governor Mitt Romney’s endorsement of Marco Rubio for U.S. Senate in Florida.
“From his humble beginnings as the son of working-class Cuban exiles, Marco Rubio’s meteoric rise – first to Florida Speaker of the House, and now to a candidate for the U.S. Senate – is the embodiment of the American Dream. While I respect Governor Crist, Marco Rubio’s proven record of conservative, principled, and idea-driven leadership is what Florida needs now. Marco Rubio will be a reliable spokesman against the Washington culture of higher spending, higher taxes and higher debt. I am delighted to endorse his campaign and look forward to the contributions he will make in the U.S. Senate,” said Governor Romney.
The Free and Strong America PAC also announced that it is making a maximum $5,000 primary election contribution to Rubio’s campaign.