Tea Party of Fort Lauderdale to Protest Charlie Crist's Broward Office Opening
Photo by Terrence McCoy
The Fort Lauderdale chapter of the Tea Party is planning to protest Charlie Crist's new Broward field office, which is opening this weekend.
On Monday, it was announced that the Crist field office at 320 S. University Drive in Plantation will have its opening at 12:30 p.m. Saturday. The office is to be the central hub for what is the most Democratic county in the state.
But on Tuesday, the Fort Lauderdale Tea Party sent out an email alert to its members to gather at the office to protest the former Republican governor.
The protest, the alarm said, is set to get started an hour before the office is scheduled to open.
Of course, the last time the Fort Lauderdale Tea Party protested Crist, things got a tad ugly.
Back in February, members of the group showed up to protest Crist outside a Fort Lauderdale Barnes and Noble store during a scheduled book-signing stop. Crist was there to sign copies of his book The Party's Over: How the Extreme Right Hijacked the GOP and I Became a Democrat.
Tea Party members gathered outside the store with signs.
One Sun Sentinel reporter who was there reported on Twitter that a protester called Crist a "commie whore."
On his way out, one of the Republican protestors called @CharlieCrist a "commie whore." And that was the most printable comment. /AM
— Broward Politics (@browardpolitics) February 21, 2014
The "unprintable comment" was allegedly that one of the protesters also told Crist he looked like an AIDS victim, according to conservative blog Shark Tank.
News of the ugly comments spread quickly and even had singer/actress Bette Midler tweet out an opinion on the matter.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 22, 2014
This time around, per the email, the group is being specific on how to protest, encouraging its members to bring signs that read "Crist Loves Obamacare," "Seniors Can't Trust Charlie," and "Rothstein + Crist = BEST FRIENDS!"
Members of Tea Party Fort Lauderdale
photo: Ryan Pfeffer
Saturday's protest is scheduled to happen outside the office at 11:30 a.m.
Calls and emails to the Tea Party of Fort Lauderdale have remained unanswered.
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