Club For Growth Targets Crist With Florida TV Ad

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Club for Growth, the conservative group that bankrolled Doug Hoffman’s failed candidacy in NY-23, has, not surprisingly, set its sights on Gov. Charlie Crist (R-FL) today with an ad that will air on Florida television.

The ad attacks Crist for supporting the stimulus and speaking in favor of it at rallies with President Obama. It claims “200,000 Floridians have lost their jobs” since the stimulus passed.“Tell Gov. Crist to work on fixing Florida’s economy, not passing more debt to our children,” a voice says. The ad “will air soon,” a press release reads.

Club for Growth provided more than a third of Hoffman’s contributions in New York, backing Hoffman over the more moderate, Republican party-backed Dede Scozzafava, who eventually dropped out of the race.

In an attempt to distance himself from the stimulus, Crist told CNN yesterday, “I didn’t endorse it. I didn’t even have a vote on the darn thing.”

“But I understood that it was gonna pass and I wanted to be able to utilize it for the benefit of my fellow Floridians,” he added.