|Published:||Sep 23, 2010 10:36 PM EDT|
|Updated:||Sep 23, 2010 7:33 PM EDT|
COLLIER COUNTY, Fla. - A judge denied a class action lawsuit against the Charlie Crist for U.S. Senate campaign.
Two Republican donors say they should get their money back, now that Crist is running as an Independent. The donations could total more than $7 million.
Many Republicans at the Collier County headquarters are disappointed with the judge's decision.
"When Charlie Crist became an Independent it changed the game and made a difference to a lot of people who gave their hard-earned dollars in a tight economy to a support a republican," said Republican voter Gary Tincu.
Attorney Tom Grady, who is representing the Republican donors says many judges may try to stay away from such a political hot potato, like this lawsuit. Politicians, once elected appoint judges.
"If I presented this argument to ten different courts, eight or nine would grant motion for certification," said Grady. "This one is being cautious."
The Attorney for the Crist Campaign, Scott Weinstein, says the judge realized this is a small claims matter.
"It's a shame the Ambassador, Mrs. Morton and their counsel have caused the courts to spend taxpayer's money in their attempt to impose their views upon thousands of supporters," said Weinstein in an email to WINK. "Once the Court enters his formal Order, what is left of this case will find itself in the small claims division of the County Court."
But, that's not how some Republicans feel.
"I'm sure there are a lot of disappointed and frustrated people with this decision," said Tincu.
There's still a chance donors will appeal the ruling, if not, they'll have to file individual claims.
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