Months ago, when Marco Rubio was seemingly miles away from being considered a contender for the GOP nomination for Senator, political analysts throughout the Sunshine State contemplated what an endorsement from the big kahuna in state Republican politics, Jeb Bush, might mean for his then struggling candidacy.
That's because everyone knew that Bush and Rubio were always on a similar wave length - heavily conservative - in a way that the more moderate Crist has never been.
Though Jeb said recently it was too early to endorse, nobody at this stage of the game believes he'll come out for Crist. And now newspapers and blogs in Florida and nationally are headlining Bush's comments to Newsmax.com, that Crist's support for the economic stimulus package last year was "unforgivable."
The former Florida Governor says this about Crist's infamous now support of the plan last year in Fort Myers (which Crist still stands by after earlier flip flopping on the issue),
Asked about Crist and the stimulus bill, Bush said: Theres one thing that he has done that I just find unforgivable. He is the only statewide political leader, that Im aware of, that embraced the stimulus package when Republicans were fighting to suggest an alternative.
He did it the day before the vote. It was a mistake.
In a press release issued this morning, the Marco Rubio camp quotes it a little differently, from a video transcript, they quote Bush as saying:
Gov. Bush: "Governor Crist is a talented guy. He's about the nicest person I've ever met in politics. But there's one thing he's done that I just find unforgivable. That I'm aware of, he is the only statewide political leader that embraced the stimulus package when Republicans were fighting to suggest an alternative. ... In its place, we have this massive spending bill that is not related to stimulus. It is related to trying to carry out a liberal agenda. He did it the day before the vote, it was a mistake, and then he denies that he would have supported the bill. I know I'm supposed to be politically correct, and I said I was neutral and all that, (but) I got a problem with that."