NASCAR Team Yanks Charlie Crist Sponsorship

NASCAR Team Yanks Charlie Crist Sponsorship

A NASCAR team pulled a Charlie Crist sponsorship from one of its cars for this weekend’s race at Daytona.

When Josh Wise’s started his No. 98 car in Sunday’s rain-delayed Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, his car did not have the “Charlie Crist for Florida” stickers that had been scheduled to be on it.

According to the Sporting News, car owner Phil Parsons “said Friday morning he did not remove the stickers from his car because of the Republican Party of Florida complaint but out of respect to team business partner Mike Curb, a Republican and former lieutenant governor of California.”

As the Sporting News noted, “the Republican Party of Florida filed a complaint with the Florida Elections Commission that the sponsorship of the car exceeded the $3,000 limit on campaign contributions” because a normal sponsorship costs $55,000.  

Crist was the former Republican governor of Florida before losing the GOP Senate nomination to Marco Rubio in 2010. He then ran against Rubio as an independent in the general election– and lost. He then switched parties in 2012, and is running this year as a Democrat and is all but sure to face Republican Gov. Rick Scott in November. 

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