With $3 million dollars resting comfortably in his campaign bank account, Rep. Charlie Crist (D) is probably not all that worried about losing his re-election bid in November.
Rep. Crist will soon face off against one of two Republican women – Anna Paulina Luna and Amanda Makki – who are running in a very contentious primary race that will culminate on August 18th.
Both women have raised a decent amount of cash, Makki having about $800,000 in the bank, and Luna about $330,000 cash on hand.
But while Republicans are planning for a political fundraising slugfest in the general election with Crist, Crist‘s not-so-Blue Dog Democrat voting record will only benefit his eventual Republican opponent, and the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC)
The former popular governor of Florida is by far the most successful and likable retail politician in the state’s history, but just as Crist tries to sell himself as a “moderate,” more centrist elected official, that so-called moderate voting record is non-existent.
According to the official Blue Dog Coalition caucus in the House of Representatives, which Crist is a member of, the group is comprised of “pragmatic Democrats” that appeal to the‘mainstream values of the American Public.
But does Crist’s voting record align with the “mainstream values” of voting Floridians, Americans?
According to propublica.com, Crist has voted with Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s agenda 100% percent of the time, and with members of the Democrat Socialist-leaning “Squad,” Crist has voted 94-93% of the time with the quartet of freshman members of the House.
Crist isn’t the only Blue Dog Democrat in Florida. Rep. Stephanie Murphy has also voted in-line with Speaker Pelosi and “The Squad.” Rep. Murphy hasn’t voted 100% of the time with Pelosi like Crist, but voting with the speaker 94% of the time is not so moderate to most Americans.
Murphy has also voted at least 90% of the time with Reps. Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley.