Democrat Charlie Crist may be right about climate change, as the political climate seems to be getting worse — for him.
The Twitter account DeSantis War Room, which supports incumbent Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, posted two tweets on Monday that showed Crist in a less-than-stellar light.
In one instance, the former Democratic congressman, who also was once the state’s Republican governor, ran from a question about why he attempted to raise campaign funds off Hurricane Ian.
In the 77-second video clip, Brendon Leslie, editor of the conservative website Florida’s Voice, asked Crist repeatedly about his campaign website that directed users to a fundraising page. The Free Press reported on that last week.
Throughout most of the clip, Crist stares blankly at Leslie and then walks away without answering him. He eventually gets into an SUV and drives away.
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Before that happens, a man who appears to be one of Crist’s aides, gets in Leslie’s face and in a chest-to-chest confrontation begins aggressively pushing him away from the candidate. He also claimed Leslie touched him, something that did not appear to happen but which the aide seemed ready to use as an excuse for violence.
As the clip winds down, a black woman, who also seems to be part of the Crist campaign, plays the race card. She claims to Leslie that “all white people [are] getting the [relief] money. They’re not helping little girls like me.”
The second tweet by DeSantis War Room shows a graphic posted by the official Twitter account of the city of Fort Myers.
It featured a photo of Crist’s campaign bus, with his large photo on the side, and notes that Crist would be present at an event where “supplies and a warm lunch” would be provided to Ian victims.
Jonathan Martin, chairman of the Lee County Republican Party, told Florida’s Voice that the city’s action was “shocking and egregious considering what the people of Fort Myers are going through.”
“All taxpayer-funded resources should be focused on the rescue efforts of our brave first responders and the recovery efforts of the entire City government to help those who are suffering the most,” Martin added.
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DeSantis War Room noted that Leslie posted on his own account that the outrage over the city’s tweet resonated at City Hall.
According to Leslie, Fort Myers Mayor Kevin Anderson immediately ordered that the tweet be deleted once it was brought to his attention, and stated that Ian “should never be politicized.”
To clarify, the tweet disappeared at the mayor’s direction — not because Crist believed it was inappropriate amid extensive relief efforts that he has nothing to do with.