The Washington Times - August 31, 2010, 10:38AM

The National Republican Senatorial Committee took a sarcastic shot Monday at Republican-turned-independent Senate candidate and Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, who a day earlier said he would return money to donors if they asked. 

“I’m writing you today to let you know that we will gladly take you up on your latest offer — please consider this letter yet a second official request that you return all contributions from the NRSC and from the Republican Senate leadership,” said NRSC Executive Director Rob Jesmer in mock letter/news release directed at Crist’s campaign. 

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Crist, while speaking with CNN for its Sunday “State of the Union” program, said “we’ll give it [campaign contributions] back to people who had asked for it.” 

Crist, who bolted the GOP in April to run without party affiliation after he trailed Republican Marco Rubio in the polls, has been criticized for refusing to return contributions made to his campaign by Republicans.