Florida’s Governor Crist: Thoroughly confused about Obamacare

We learned in a news interview yesterday that Florida’s Governor, Charlie Crist would have voted for Obamacare, that is, before he voted against Obamacare, which was, of course before he voted for Obamacare.

Those of you unfamiliar with the Florida political landscape should know that our “Republican” governor really, really wants to be its next Senator.  When Senator Mel Martinez (R. Fl.) resigned earlier this year, Governor Crist was able to appoint his successor.  He appointed George LeMieux (or, as many Florida news reports called him, George LeWho?) to fill the vacant seat.  Senator LeMieux was a close personal friend of Crist, and had every intention of stepping down when Martinez’s term expired at the end of this year, thus, or so thought Charlie, paving the way for Crist to be swept into office.

Problems arose for Crist when Marco Rubio entered the race for the Republican nomination.  As time went on, it became clearer and clearer that it would be Rubio, not Crist who would win the nomination.  So, Crist did what any loyal upstanding politician would do…he decided to run for the Senate seat as an Independent.

Yesterday, in an interview, Crist was asked how he would have voted on Obamacare.  His answer…”I would have voted for it“.  You can see the entire interview at this link.  (Sorry about the political ad before you get to the interview.)

Within hours, Marco Rubio had this to say:

In less than 30 days, Crist has gone from voting against the bill to voting for it to now being against it again.

And, Kendrick Meek, the Democratic nominee for Senate, had this to say:

Obviously, the governor is having a crisis of memory.

Not to be outdone, here is what Crist’s campaign office released: 

Apparently, based on an interview this afternoon, there may be some confusion regarding my position on health care,” Crist said. “If I misspoke, I want to be abundantly clear: the health care bill was too big, too expensive, and expanded the role of government far too much. Had I been in the United States Senate at the time, I would have voted against the bill because of unacceptable provisions like the cuts to the Medicare Advantage program.

Got that?

Crist for Senator…now there’s a guy you can count on to remain steadfast in his political beliefs, and who will keep his campaign promises…if he remembers them, and if it is convenient to do so.

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. Dimsdale on August 28, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    Hopefully, the voters are now much less confused about who deserves to win.

  2. TomL on August 31, 2010 at 6:36 am

    Charlie is confused he doesn't know if he's a republican, demoncrat or an independent

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