Crist Attends McCain Event in Miami Lakes
Arizona Senator and GOP presidential hopeful John McCain is hosting an event this evening in Miami Lakes for Republican governors. While Gov. Jeb Bush will not be attending (many of Bush's closest aides have signed on to McCain's primary rival - Massachussetts Governor Mitt Romney), Gov.-Elect Charlie Crist will there.
What does this mean? Potentially nothing, but it could also be considered a slap in the face of Romney, who led the Republican Governors Assocation (RGA), the GOP campaign arm devoted to electing Republican governors. Considering the RGA just helped elect Crist, one can't help but think Romney is somewhere fuming over a perceived stab in the back.
However, Romney is positioning himself in the presidential contest as the social conservative in the race and is doing the most outreach to the evangelical. As a staunch religious and social conservative, one could easily see the possible affinity beween Jeb and Romney.
On the other hand, as a pro-choice Republican who also supports civil unions for homosexual couples, it is easy to understand why Crist would want to distance himself from Romney - even to the point of offering tacit support to Romney's biggest rival, say by attending an event hosted by that rival.