Charlie Crist’s campaign hits ‘vile’ RPOF ad hitting Crist on immigration policy

The Republican Party of Florida produced the ad that has a laundry list of beefs with Crist.

Charlie Crist’s campaign is slamming a new ad from the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) that the Crist campaign calls “disgusting” and says equates immigrants who came here as children with “criminals and drug dealers.”

Immigration is just one subject in the 30-second ad released on Thursday that draws a direct line from President Joe Biden to Crist’s votes in Congress. Against pulsing music worthy of a perilous action movie scene, the narrator touches on inflation, open borders and Crist’s going “soft on crime.”

“Joe Biden’s policies are hurting Americans,” the ad starts, showing Biden, with his fists clenched at a lectern in reddish hues. Next, he’s going in for a hug with Crist, as the narrator intones, “And Charlie Crist voted with Biden 100% of the time.”

But the Crist campaign’s chief problem with the ad comes after the close-ups of dollar bills and “trillions in reckless spending,” according to the ad, that triggered inflation sending gas, groceries and housing costs “skyrocketing.”

“Crist voted to support Biden’s open border policies,” the narrator says as the frame moves in for a close-up of Biden and Crist grinning as they hug. “Criminals, gangs and drugs are pouring in and fentanyl is killing Americans at record levels.”

The lower, right hand corner, the ad’s small print cites H.R. 6. But that bill, passed in the House in March 2021 and still awaiting Senate approval, would confer permanent resident status on those who entered the country as children, known as DREAMers, which stands for “Development, Relief and education for Alien Minors.”

That’s drawing a sharp retort from the Crist campaign.

“The GOP’s latest ad is a disgusting attack on innocent immigrant children whose families brought them to the U.S. in search for a better life,” Crist spokeswoman Samantha Ramirez said. “Charlie Crist proudly supports a pathway to citizenship for DREAMers, that’s why he voted for the American Dream and Promise Act.”

Officials from RPOF were not immediately available to address the Crist campaign’s criticism.

“DeSantis needs to answer for his vile comparison of children, college students, and members of our military to drug smugglers,” Ramirez said.

The DeSantis campaign did not immediately return an inquiry on Friday

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Tom

    September 9, 2022 at 3:11 pm

    Wah, Wah and Wah chameleon.
    Toughen up flip flopper.
    The heats just being turned up.
    You ain’t seen nothing yet chameleon.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 9, 2022 at 4:38 pm

      ^ Neo nazi propagandist, liar, complete nut case. Vote for me. I’ll put whackos like this guy in the mental hospital.

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      • john martin

        September 17, 2022 at 9:55 am

        12 Million Tax Dollars for a Cute Political Joke
        . . .. Yikes
        Crist should be all over this!

        DeSantis said he would spend it all!

  • PeterH

    September 9, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    When the Republican Party can’t point to GQP’s policy successes to make America a better place for Americans….. this is what you get:


    The Executive Branch does not write immigration regulations and legislation. That is the duty of Florida’s representatives in Congress ie Rubio, Scott and the many Republicans that Florida sent to Congress from each district.

    Instead of complaining….. Republicans could have spent the last two years formulating NEW IMMIGRATION POLICIES.

    Here’s a bit of immigration history….. in 2017 Trump asked Republican Lindsey Graham to form a bipartisan committee to develop comprehensive strict immigration legislation. Several months later Graham’s committee presented their legislation that was defeated by Republicans in Congress.



  • Lynda

    September 9, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    Re: “Misinformation” from deSantis Ad targeting Crist.

    It is election season so ads which lie can be expected these days. However, I wish that deSantis actually tried to publicize his own accomplishments in ads rather than always attack his opponent on sensitive issues such as the Dreamers immigration.

    Brought to the US as young children, these people are now contributing to the USA in many ways and if the attempts to provide them a clear, responsible path to citizenship would stop being obstructed as a political tool they would be able to contribute in many more ways. Comparing these young working adults to criminals (without evidence) is wrong.

    Like most voters, I despise negative ads —especially those which are based on lies about one’s opponent and his/her policy positions. An ad which lies about an opponent says more about the character of the liar than the person attacked. We Florida voters don’t need bullies or liars in government; we need public servants working for better lives for all Floridians. I want political ads which help us vote for the candidate most likely to be an effective public servant.

    • Tom

      September 9, 2022 at 4:02 pm

      Clueless, he’s run at least 2 spots aggressively on his accomplishments and Florida’s success.

      DeSantis saved Florida from blue state wretches! Gillium would have been worse compared to Cuomo, Whitmer and that fraud Newsom. His in laws support Ronnie!

      The bellyaching from the extreme left is laughable. LOL.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 9, 2022 at 4:42 pm

        Dictator sycophant..over there looking like a North Korean parade cheerleader. Vote for me. I’ll put narcissistic psychos like this guy in the insane asylum.

    • Ocean Joe

      September 10, 2022 at 3:13 pm

      Lynda, one type of voter wants to see positive things get done, the other is driven by resentment and fear.
      Unfortunately negative ads do work. The “thank God for Joe Biden” ad is fun, the ads claiming Governor Wallace kept Florida open are annoying, misleading but probably effective. Rubio’s ads are weak, if you are voting for him, you are voting for all of them. He helped get a good law through the senate on the Dreamers (gang of eight), but it got torpedoed by the then Republican house and he’s terrified of the far right.
      Again, you vote for one of them, regardless of what they say about exceptions on abortion, for example, you are still voting for a guy like Rubio who helped smuggle Barrett and Kavanaugh onto the bench, or a guy like Ron Corley Wallace Desantis who will gin up his presidential bid the moment the governor’s race is counted with a total abortion ban. Count on it.

      • Ocean Joe

        September 10, 2022 at 3:20 pm

        Let me add to that, if through some wonderful miracle Gov. Wallace loses, and he can’t find a way to distort the election results, he will still have time to pass some pretty vindictive stuff with his puppets in the Fl legislature, so either way the election goes, personal liberties will be at risk.

  • marylou

    September 10, 2022 at 6:11 pm

    Desantis’s plan to force women to give birth: “The strategy is obvious. Do it after the gubernatorial so as to not piss off suburban women, then screw them over after the election in order to appease fire-breathing pro-lifers in a presidential primary.” —–Fellow Republican

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