RPOF Slams Crist’s Reversal on Minimum Wage
By Matt O'Hern // January 10, 2014
Crist Criticizes Same Stance He Supported in 2004
TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — With the 2014 Gubernatorial campaign in its initial stage, the Republican Party of Florida is criticizing former Governor Charlie Crist for his policy shift on Florida’s minimum wage law.
Earlier this week, Crist published a statement on ContextFlorida.com, where the former Governor criticized Governor Rick Scott’s stance against raising the minimum wage.
“Displaced workers and low-wage workers deserve to earn a living wage, and working Floridians also deserve affordable health care coverage – the same coverage that Rick Scott supported, and then retreated from during the 2013 legislative session. Again, working against the people,” Crist said. “Raising the minimum wage in Florida is right for our people and our economy.”
Susan Hepworth, a spokeswoman for the RPOF, pointed out state’s woefull economic conditions during Crist’s term in office.
“Isn’t this ironic?” Hepworth asked. “Under Charlie Crist the minimum wage fell to $0.00 for 832,000 Floridians who lost their jobs.”
On Twitter, Hepworth added: “I think Charlie Crist has amnesia. He’s for it now but voted against minimum wage increase in 2004. Surprised? Didn’t think so.”
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