Crist takes the money and runs: No plans to give back GOP donors’ cash 

Buried deep within a story in today’s Orlando Sentinel is the first definitive word I’ve seen on what Gov. Charlie Crist will do now that he’s left the Republican Party to run for Senate as an independent candidate:

The Crist campaign is under no legal obligation to return anyone’s money, and a spokeswoman indicated it has no intention to do so.

“Our policy is these individuals gave their money to a good cause, and we intend to spend their money on a good cause,” said Michelle Todd, an adviser to the campaign.

The reporter interviewed several GOP donors, and many of them are requesting refunds.

If Crist maintains this posture, ignores refund requests, and uses Republicans’ hard-earned money to help Democrats keep control of the Senate, I don’t think one would be crossing the line to call him a “thief.”

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