LURKING within Florida’s Republican primary contest between Marco Rubio and Gov. Charlie Crist for next year’s Senate race is a juicy story about Rubio’s creationism. For a while, we had that issue all to ourselves.
Back in May we wrote Fla Senate Race: Crist, Rubio & Creationism. Then on 12 August we wrote Creationism in Florida’s US Senate Race, in which we mentioned Rubio’s bizarre and very troubling opposition to “separation of church and state.” We also said:
To see Rubio’s intense involvement in the 2008 Florida legislative battle over evolution, see: Rubio: Florida House open to legislative fix on evolution in the Florida Baptist Witness.
We were so concerned with what we had learned about Rubio that the next day — 13 August — we posted our Open Letter to Marco Rubio, saying, among other things:
So here’s our advice: Drop the Dark Ages theocracy. Just drop it. That means you’ll need a Sister Souljah moment in which you publicly repudiate the extremism of Senator Ronda Storms, whose creationist legislation you supported last year.
Since then we’ve been waiting for the media to pick up on the issue. So far they haven’t. But we suddenly found ourselves scooped by Little Green Footballs who just posted this article: Karl Rove Endorses Creationist Florida Candidate Rubio.
It’s one thing for LGF to be ahead of us with the news that Rove is supporting Rubio. MSNBC just reported it. See: Rove for Rubio, which says:
Over the past few weeks, Florida GOP Gov. Charlie Crist has found himself being put on the defensive more and more in the primary thanks to the challenge by ex-state House Speaker Marco Rubio. While Crist has financially overwhelmed Rubio to date, there are many Republicans — particularly those in Florida that are close to former GOP Gov. Jeb Bush — who have publicly become more comfortable airing their skepticism about Crist in public.
One of those Republicans with close ties to the Bush family, Karl Rove, has signaled his preference with his wallet. Rove confirms to NBC News that he has contributed a $1000 to Rubio’s campaign, the donation will be made public when Rubio files his next FEC report (due Oct. 15).
Interesting, but MSNBC didn’t mention Rubio’s creationism, or his weird theocratic leanings. We probably wouldn’t have noticed the story. But Little Green Footballs has not only jumped on it, they’re also emphasizing Rubio’s creationism. Okay, when we’re scooped, we’re scooped Hat tip to LGF.
The good news is that the media probably can’t ignore the issue much longer. Will the Florida GOP nominate a hard-core, full-blown, theocratic creationist, or will they go with a bland fellow like his opponent, Charlie Crist? Stay tuned.
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