From NBC's Domenico Montanaro
You just knew this was coming... The Club for Growth, which spent about $1 million in NY-23 to boost Conservative Party candidate Doug Hoffman -- who eventually lost to the Democrat -- is back at it.
It is pushing for Marco Rubio over Charlie Crist in the Florida GOP primary. And now it created the below video, hitting Crist on his support for the stimulus back in February in an appearance with President Obama. The video is appearing online for now, but a spokesman says it will be going on air with it "soon."
The ad was created as a response to Crist's appearance on CNN, in which he tried to parse his own support for the stimulus.
"I didn't endorse it," Crist said. "I didn't even have a vote on the darned thing. But I understood that it was going to pass and I wanted to be able to utilize it for the benefit of my fellow Floridians."
"Didn't endorse it?" What do you call, as the ad points out, Crist saying the following? "We know that it's important that we pass the stimulus package."
By the way, the club goes all Lieberman-Bush kiss with its final shot in the ad, a slow-motion hug between Crist and Obama. It's the first tactic of its kind. And we're going to see LOTS more of this, particularly with the White House essentially saying bring it on -- make 2010 about Obama.
Stimulus. Health care. They are going to be -- and already are -- key 2010 issues in GOP primaries, in particular. Moderates face the challenge of surviving their stance on them in a primary and then trying to tack to the center in a general -- if the economy gets better. (There won't be a real measure of health reform for a while if it passes, since it won't go into effect for years.)