The 2014 governor's race is more than two years away, but the Republican Party of Florida is already spending real money to run negative ads against Charlie Crist.
The RPOF released an ad this morning featuring clips of Crist branding himself a "Jeb Bush Republican," calling George W. Bush a "leader of courage and conviction" and saying he [Crist] is "about as conservative as you can get."
A GOP source said the ad will run on MSNBC in Florida, with a six-figure sum behind it over three days. The spot is reminiscent of a Florida Democratic Party ad from the 2010 cycle,hitting Crist from the left as an insincere flip-flopper.
The difference is that now, Republicans want to kneecap Crist with the party that's about to embrace him before the Crist reboot gets fully underway. The fact that the ad is running on MSNBC only tells you almost all you need to know.
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