This is good news...
Gov. Charlie Crist told MSNBC's Joe Scarborough on April 30 that he would "probably" give refunds to donors who don't approve of him leaving the GOP. Some donors to his U.S. Senate campaign were told before the switch that they would get their money back or pro-rated refunds.
No more. A couple of hours before Crist officially becomes an NPA voter, campaign spokeswoman Michelle Todd said there will be no refunds. Asked whether that amounts to a flip-flop, she said, "We have never made an official statement before. It is now the official statement. They donated to the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate Campaign, and it's still the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate Campaign."
...for three reasons:
- Sometimes, lessons learned are not really lessons learned unless there's a bit of negative feedback involved. This is one of those sometimes.
- This is just bad optics and bad politics, as the NRSC (one of the groups experiencing the negative feedback) is making abundantly clear.
- The fact that Crist is doing it anyway tells me that he doesn't think that he can spare the money - or he doesn't have it, anyway. I can't wait to hear where he thinks that he can get some more*.
*I would love to have it come out that he's being bankrolled by the Democrats. Watching them explain why they discarded an African-American Congressman for an orange... opportunist... would be entertaining as all get-out.
Crossposted to Moe Lane.