Two weeks after announcing his candidacy for Florida governor, Democrat Charlie Crist is ramping up his attacks on incumbent Rick Scott (R). The latest enters the gangster realm.
During a Tuesday night fundraiser at his sister's home, the Tampa Bay Times reported that Crist went after Scott's record in the private sector. Crist criticized Scott for invoking the Fifth Amendment 75 times to avoid answering questions, invoking one of America's most notable mob villains to drive his point home.
"People like Al Capone do that," Crist said. "And they definitely don't get to be governor. The governor of Illinois maybe, but not Florida."
The Republican Party of Florida wasted no time with a response. Chairman Lenny Curry told the Miami Herald that Crist's Capone attack "just goes to show how desperate he is to cover up his record of job losses, higher debt and economic failure."
"It’s another opportunistic move from a career politician who has a history of lousy judgment when it comes to his own decisions and the people he surrounds himself with," Curry added. "Floridians can’t afford another four years with Charlie Crist in the Governor’s office."
After serving as a Republican governor for Florida from 2007-2011, Crist officially became a Democrat in December 2012. Crist ran as an independent in 2010 for U.S. Senate, but lost to tea party favorite Marco Rubio (R).