Gov. Charlie Crist on Thursday had little sympathy for former House Speaker Marco Rubio, who has been put on the defensive after records showing how he used a Republican Party of Florida credit card were leaked to The Miami Herald. Rubio has criticized the leak as an "act of desperation" but has acknowledged that he did make payments of $16,000 for personal expenses that were placed on the card.
Crist said that it was good that the records came to light, saying "knowledge is good."
"I don't know where it came from,'' said Crist. "It doesn't really matter to me. What matters to me is that the people have a right to know how people spend their money, how they comport themselves, how they conduct themselves before they put themselves for public office.
"That's happened to the speaker,'' said Crist. "He apparently doesn't like it. That's too bad. Welcome to the NFL."
Crist - who does not have a party credit card - also questioned some of the expenses.
"I don't think it was very smart. Sounded like an awfully expensive haircut to me. I mean I spend 11 bucks to get a haircut."
Crist repeated that he supports releasing all credit cards. Crist was also asked whether or not his travel aides or other top aides used a credit card to cover his expenses and the governor said no.
"I don't have a credit card. Nobody I know of that helped me had a credit card. I have my own credit card and I pay it off every month."