Former Republican Governor Charlie Crist announced yesterday that Annette Taddeo-Goldstein would join his ticket for Governor, an attempt to boost his campaign among minorities.
Since Governor Rick Scott’s selection of Carlos Lopez-Cantera, the Scott campaign has pulled ahead of Crist in polls, with most movement toward Scott coming from Latinos. Charlie Crist picked Taddeo-Goldstein because he needs Latinos back in his camp to have any chance of winning in November.
It won’t work.
The Taddeo-Goldstein announcement is ripe with problems. First, Crist is out of line to name a running mate at this stage of the election. “It is unusual and presumptuous for Crist to pick a running mate before the contested primary without debating his opponent,” said Young Republicans Vice Chairman Brian Empric, who called the announcement “pure political desperation to woo the Democratic base.”
Annette Taddeo-Goldstein also has a poor electoral record. Her 2008 run against Republican powerhouse Ileana Ros-Lehtinen was considered by many her best chance, yet the candidate ran 10 points behind President Obama in the District and Ros-Lehtinen won comfortably. Her County Commission race didn’t go much better.
With no governing experience and a poor campaign record, onlookers may wonder what Taddeo-Goldstein would do should Charlie Crist decide to again abandon his job after one term. Ms. Taddeo-Goldstein is not qualified to run the State of Florida, Lieutenant Governor Lopez-Cantera clearly is. We urge the Scott campaign to highlight this key difference at every opportunity.
Although the Taddeo-Goldstein pick was intended to sway Miami area Latinos, it might backfire on Crist. “Annette T. Goldstein has never seen a tax increase she didn’t support,” said Young Republicans Assistant Secretary Jessica Fernandez. “She has supported every tax increase at the local level, has criticized Governor Scott for keeping taxes and spending low and supports tax increases at the federal level.” Ms. Fernandez added, “Families live on a budget, but Taddeo-Goldstein would take hard earned money out of your pocket to pay for her vision of big government.”
“Who is Annette Taddeo-Goldstein, anyway?” asked Young Republicans Secretary Nick Stone. “Most Floridians don’t know her, and what we do know is cause for concern.”
These two are a perfect match,” exclaimed Stone. “One can’t figure out her own last name, and the other one can’t figure out what he believes in.” Ms. Taddeo, or Taddeo-Goldstein, has alternated between versions of her last name for political and personal reasons. She is running with Crist without the hyphenation.
Campaign tactics aside, the Taddeo-Goldstein pick makes us only more certain that Governor Rick Scott must be re-elected. “This state has come too far under the strong leadership of Governor Scott to turn back now,” said Young Republicans Chairman Dan Ruoss. “Too many jobs and too many dollars left Florida during the first Charlie Crist term. With Annette Taddeo-Goldstein on his ticket, the second term could be even worse.”
This week Floridians saw vintage Charlie Crist, a man who will say or do anything to get elected. Although we are certain Annette Taddeo-Goldstein’s addition to the ticket will be met with a collective yawn, we urge Florida voters to educate themselves about the candidates’ combined record. Then it will be clear that Governor Scott must be given a second term.
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