Cornyn and Crist
Besides being a fascinating race in its own right, it's pretty interesting to watch Sen Cornyn's handling of Crist.
Awhile back recruiting Crist was a big score for Cornyn. Not only was he an extremely strong candidate to keep the seat under Republican control, but he would be able to raise enough money so that the NRSC could use its resources elsewhere. Having recruited Crist, Cornyn endorsed him. Then rose Rubio, and you can track in public comments the waning NRSC enthusiasm as Rubio's poll numbers rise. Now the NRSC is essentially begging Crist to drop out and not run as an independent.
The National Republican Senatorial Committee, which endorsed Crist over primary challenger Marco Rubio last May as the most "electable" candidate in the race, concluded Monday in a memo sent to party operatives that "there is a zero chance Governor Crist continues running in the Republican primary."
"It is our view that if Governor Crist believes he cannot win a primary, then the proper course of action is he drop out of the race and wait for another day," wrote NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer in an e-mail obtained by POLITICO and first reported by CNN. "If the Governor decides to run independent, regardless of any public commitments he makes regarding organization, we will support Marco Rubio in any way possible."
Jesmer noted in the memo that the message has been communicated to Crist's team and would have been delivered to the governor directly, had he returned a phone call from NRSC chairman John Cornyn.
It sure looks like he's going to go independent, but if he does and loses, he's done. As I wrote previously, if I were Crist I would have switched back to the gubernatorial race and ran for re-election. I still might do it if I were Crist, as McCollum isn't exactly the most inspiring candidate.
Crist once had a shot at being president. Now it looks less than likely that he'll ever be elected anything ever again.
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