A Rift Between McCain and Gov. Crist?

Steve Benen of the Washington Monthly correctly notes a getting-off-the-bandwagon by Republican Charlie Crist of Florida:

“Granted, there’s apparently some sort of rift between Crist and McCain right now, with the Florida governor distancing himself from the Republican campaign, but his dismissal of ridiculous McCain/Palin conspiracy theories is nevertheless striking.”

[He also said he is going to Disney World instead of campaigning with McCain]

One has to wonder what brought this rift about.

If you recall, during the primary season, the very popular Governor Crist swiftly endorsed John McCain. McCain took Florida.

Afterwords, McCain spent no advertising dollars in Florida until a vice-presidential nominee was announced. That seemed pretty weird to me. A state that has been such a prize for many elections did not get any of his media buys at the time. It seemed like the fix was in.

Could it be that Crist was promised something that McCain had no intention of giving? Or, even worse, did McCain intend to name him VP (and pretty much put Florida in his column), but was thwarted by the neo-con wing of his cadre that pushed hard (and successfully) for the esteemed Sarah Palin?


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