Josh Earnest, new White House press spokesman, has some Florida history that carries a touch of irony for today’s political environment.
In 2006, Earnest was press spokesman for former U.S. Rep. Jim Davis of Tampa, who lost to then-Republican Charlie Crist in the governor’s race.
That’s just one of many odd juxtapositions that have resulted from Crist’s switch from a Republican to no-party affiliate to Democrat today, including a few Republicans now backing Crist against Gov. Rick Scott and Crist allying with former opponents.
But the state Republican Party immediately leapt on the Earnest appointment, contending it “disses Crist.”
The party dug up a few quotes from 2006 in which Earnest criticized Crist -- they aren’t hard to find -- and said, “Add this to the list of awkward moments for Florida Democrats and Charlie Crist.”
Earnest, who was President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign spokesman, has worked in the White House press office since and has good relations with reporters, has long seemed headed for the top job, regardless of his past work against Crist.
In addition, Crist has become one of Obama’s strongest political supporters, along with such Floridians as U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor of Tampa.
FSP has asked for a response from Earnest and will update when one arrives.