Republican Party Sells Crist Portrait On eBay

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — The Florida GOP says it's sold an oil painting of Gov. Charlie Crist, who bolted the party to run for U.S. Senate as an independent.

Party spokeswoman Katie Betta says the buyer was a registered Florida Republican who wanted to remain anonymous after paying $7,700 on eBay.

In a letter to members, the party sought donations to help "move forward from the sordid legacy of Charlie Crist and Jim Greer," the former party chairman.

Crist dropped out of an August Republican primary against conservative favorite Marco Rubio after polls showed him trailing badly. Instead, he'll run with no party affiliation in a three-way race, likely against Rubio and Democratic U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek.

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