And Marco Rubio smiled.
Kendrick Meek, the Democratic nominee for Florida’s US Senate seat, is using a Raw Story report to blast Republican-turned-independent Charlie Crist as an opportunist for planning to champion gay rights issues.
Raw Story editor John Byrne obtained a document Sunday revealing Crist’s intended proposals:
The document provided to RawStory.com includes Crist’s vocal support for gay couples, including hospital visitation, inheritance and adoption rights; opposition to the ban on gays serving in the military; support for anti-discrimination laws and appropriations for HIV and AIDS programs.
“Can anyone believe anything Charlie Crist says anymore?” Meek’s campaign manager Abe Dyk said to the Washington Blade. “It’s obvious Charlie Crist is willing to say anything. The only thing Charlie Crist says today that you can believe tomorrow is that he wants to be elected.”
Meek’s fierce attack on Crist reflects a struggle between the two campaigns for the left-of-center vote, which could determine the outcome of the three-way race. Republican nominee Marco Rubio is a lock for conservatives, while independents and liberals are split between Crist and Meek.
As Meek battles Crist for the support of the Democratic establishment, some progressives fear that Meek can’t win and will clear the way for a Rubio victory by siphoning votes from Crist.
“The only thing we know about Charlie Crist’s track record is that he is a lifelong conservative Republican who has fought against every Democratic value. The governor’s charade trying to hide his lifelong conservative record just to get elected is an insult to every Floridian,” Dyk told the Blade.
Crist has been viewed as a foe by the gay-rights community throughout his career as a Republican. As governor of Florida, he has championed a ban on gay adoption in the state. Nevertheless, the community is largely welcoming Crist’s change of heart.
A CNN/Time poll of registered voters in Florida last week found Rubio leading with 36 percent support, Crist just behind with 34 percent, and Meek a distant third with 24 percent.