With Marco Rubio blasting away at Chris Christie’s past statements, it’s a fair question to ask if this is the weekend when the Christie presidential campaign implodes. This article highlights the fact that then-Candidate Christie supported President Obama’s nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.
During Thursday night’s debate, Sen. Rubio accused Gov. Christie of supporting Justice Sotomayor. Predictably, Gov. Christie denied the accusation. During the same back-and-forth, Sen. Rubio accused Gov. Christie of supporting Planned Parenthood. Unfortunately for Gov. Christie, the Rubio campaign has the statement then-candidate Christie released expressing Christie’s support for Justice Sotomayor.
Christie’s support for Justice Sotomayor was made on the Christie campaign’s official stationery. In part, it read “I support her appointment to the Supreme Court and urge the Senate to keep politics out of the process and confirm her nomination.” With this hard copy proof that Gov. Christie supported Justice Sotomayor, the Christie campaign is working furiously to limit the damage to his campaign. Thus far, it isn’t working.
Christie’s campaign brushed off the attack. “This is another disingenuous attack by Rubio and he knows it,” Christie spokeswoman Samantha Smith said.
Someone should get Ms. Smith a dictionary. The definition of disingenuous is “lacking in frankness, candor, or sincerity.” Sen. Rubio used Gov. Christie’s own statement. Gov. Christie undoubtedly will continue disputing the accusations but that’s an uphill fight because Gov. Christie’s statement is on Christie for Governor stationery.
To be fair, the Christie statement said that Justice Sotomayor “would not have been my choice.” Still, saying that he supported her confirmation to the Supreme Court means that Gov. Christie supported her confirmation to the Supreme Court.
Sen. Rubio also accused Gov. Christie of writing a check supporting Planned Parenthood. That isn’t an automatic disqualifier, even in a hotly-contested GOP presidential campaign. Unfortunately for Gov. Christie, he denied writing that check:
Christie fired back. “So let’s set the facts straight. First of all, I didn’t support Sonia Sotomayor. Secondly, I never wrote a check to Planned Parenthood,” he said.
He followed up on Friday morning, telling MSNBC, “You guys should really shred the Star-Ledger from now on … Whatever you read in the Star-Ledger about me, you should just take the opposite.”
The problem for Christie is that the man who wrote the Star-Ledger article that Gov. Christie is critical of is “a press secretary for Christie’s governor’s office.” This isn’t how to handle a PR situation. The first rule of holes is stop digging. Had Gov. Christie just admitted that he’d written the check before having a change of heart, this wouldn’t be an issue. Instead, he turned a nonissue into a major problem.