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PolitiFact Florida reviews congressional candidate Charlie Crist's record



It’s official: Former Gov. Charlie Crist will run for Congress in a St. Petersburg seat in what’s expected to become a Democratic-leaning district.

"Public service is in my heart," Crist said at a recreation center surrounded by several dozen supporters at his Oct. 20 announcement.

Crist will run in the 13th congressional district, a seat being redrawn amid a contentious redistricting battle. Since it appears that the district will end up being more friendly to a Democrat, the seat’s current holder -- David Jolly -- announced in July that he will run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Marco Rubio instead.

In the Democratic primary, Crist is facing Eric Lynn, a former Obama administration official who has raised about $550,000. Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, a Republican, is also considering a bid.

Crist has become particularly well known (and often criticized) for changing his stances on key issues, and in some cases even changing them back. We’ve put him on our Flip-O-Meter several times over the years. We decided to review some of his positions on issues.

Read that story about our rulings here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:57am]


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