Florida Attorney General Charlie Crist, who first earned attention for his crime-fighting proposals in the state Senate, invokes the names of three dead girls regularly on the campaign trail. At almost every gubernatorial campaign stop, Charlie Crist talks about dead children, reports the Miami Herald. He calmly invokes the names of three girls — Jessica Lunsford, Sarah Lunde and Carlie Brucia — and reminds audiences of how they were molested and brutally murdered by ”monsters” in Florida over the past few years.
Florida crime is at a 35-year low. State statistics also show that sex crimes have declined in the past decade as well. But for Florida’s attorney general, fighting crime is a central theme in his campaign for governor, as it has been in his campaigns before this, and the image of murdered children helps him sell himself as a law-and-order man. ”I’m not motivated by politics,” Crist said recently after campaigning at a gun show in Miami-Dade County. “What happened to these girls breaks my heart.” But some have questioned why Crist is putting crime at the top of his campaign agenda when crime rates have declined steadily over the past 15 years.