Gov. Charlie Crist's political mentor, former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, resigned Thursday as Crist's campaign chairman in his race for the U.S. Senate.
Mack wrote a terse, two-paragraph letter to his one-time protege that said Crist was wrong to veto a bill (SB 6) that would have made it easier to fire teachers and tie their pay to student test scores.
"As you know, I strongly disagree with your veto," Mack wrote his fellow Republican. "Your veto I believe undermines our education system in Florida and the principles for which I have always stood."
Mack went on to say that Crist's decision to veto the bill was "unsupportable and wrong."
"As you can understand, I can no longer serve as chairman for your campaign for the United States Senate," Mack wrote.
Mack, who retired in early 2001 after a dozen years in the U.S. Senate, addressed the letter to "Charlie" and said he valued their long friendship.
A phone message left on the governor's cell phone and with campaign officials was not immediately returned.
It was a difficult day for the first-term governor, who was also rebuked by his predecessor, Jeb Bush, for the veto. Crist announced the veto only a few hours after a poll by Quinnipiac (Conn.) University showed him trailing former House Speaker Marco Rubio by 23 points in their race to win the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate.
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Friday, April 16, 2010
Connie Mack Quits Crist Senate Campaign in Florida
Connie Mack Quits Crist Senate Campaign in Florida; Newsmax.com