At a campaign rally in Miami Wednesday for Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called former Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist “a joke,” and said of him,
“I’ve never met a person in politics that I disrespect more.”
The man hailed as “America’s Mayor” for his efforts in New York City after September 11, 2011, actively sought Crist’s endorsement ahead of the 2008 Republican Presidential Primary. Crist ultimately endorsed the eventual nominee, Arizona Senator John McCain.
Giuliani got the better of Crist two years later by endorsing Marco Rubio over Crist in the Florida US Senate Republican Primary. Crist lost the primary, ran as an independent, and still lost. Four out of the last five polls had Crist and Scott in a tie.
Giuliani told the Miami crowd on Wednesday,
“Three times he promised to endorse me, three times he broke his promise. One time he promised Mitt Romney that he’d remain neutral, the next morning he broke his promise. This is a man that doesn’t know how to keep his word.
“I have met a lot of people in politics. I worked for President Ronald Reagan, I was Mayor of New York City, I was the United States Attorney for 2,000 years or something, like a long time.
“I met a lot of good people, and a lot of bad people. I’ve met people in politics that are wonderful, I’ve met people in politics that are okay, and I’ve met people in politics that I don’t like. I’ve never met a person in politics that I disrespect more than Charlie Crist.
He went on to say,
“The policies that Charlie Crist now supports–the ones he used to oppose just four or five years ago–are policies that once again will destroy this state, the way they destroyed this state before. This isn’t hypothetical. We don’t have to think about this. This has been proven. Charlie Crist ran this state into the ground. Rick Scott took it, rebuilt it.
“And now Charlie Crist wants the job that he ran out on, he wants it back. People of Florida should say, ‘We’re too smart for that, we’re too intelligent for that.’ This isn’t about Republicans, it isn’t about Democrats, it isn’t about liberals, it isn’t about conservatives; I mean Charlie’s been all those things. It isn’t about any of those things, it’s about what’s good for Florida.
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H/T Eagle Rising