With the news that Charlie Crist has asked GOP Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart to submit his application for the state's Senate vacancy created by outgoing Sen. Mel Martinez, there has been a lot of debate over just how seriously we should be taking this news. Roll Call finds a pretty major (and clever) wrinkle in the situation -- namely, that Charlie Crist may be hoping to create a House vacancy that would be too tempting to pass down for his primary opponent, Marco Rubio:
Some GOP insiders speculated that appointing Lincoln Diaz-Balart would create a House vacancy and special election that might be a tempting proposition for former state Speaker Marco Rubio (R), who is challenging Crist in the Senate primary. Rubio has repeatedly said he is in the Senate race to stay, but his former House district overlaps with Lincoln Diaz-Balart's 21st district.I have to hand it to Crist -- if his intention is to lure Rubio into another race entirely, then he certainly knows how to play chess, not checkers. And if I were Rubio, I don't think I could pass up an opportunity to have what would probably be a clear shot at a seat in Congress over an extremely tough Senate primary.
Rubio spokesman Alex Burgos said late Friday that his boss's efforts remain focused on only one race. "Marco Rubio is a candidate for the U.S. Senate. It's not only Washington or bust for him, it's also U.S. Senate or bust," Burgos said in an e-mailed statement.
looooooool. I hope he doesn't cause I need my BFF to continue his never-to-be-fufilled quest to the Senate.