With signs mounting that Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) could be about to bolt the Republican Party and run for Senate as an independent, the GOP is in a delicate position of having to figure out just how and when to cut him off -- with some politicians getting in early on the act.
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National Republican groups have remained mostly mum on how they are walking this tightrope, but it's clear they are starting to react to Crist's performance in the Republican primary -- and his likely exit from it. Perhaps the single biggest development was yesterday, when the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which originally endorsed Crist for the Republican nomination last year, circulated a private e-mail asking recipients to tell Crist to drop out --Â effectively an un-endorsement of his candidacy.
"We believe there is zero chance Governor Crist continues running in the Republican primary," wrote NRSC executive director Rob Jesmer. "It [is] our view that if Governor Crist believes he cannot win a primary then the proper course of action is he drop out of the race and wait for another day."