Charlie Crist

Charles Joseph Crist

    Charlie Crist is a Democratic former governor of Florida who works for Morgan & Morgan, a personal injury law firm. Crist was elected governor in 2006 as a Republican. He did not seek re-election, instead losing a U.S. Senate race to Republican Marco Rubio, during which time Crist left the GOP. In December 2012, he registered as a Democrat. He previously served as Florida education commissioner, attorney general and state senator.

    Crist was born in Altoona, Pa., on July 24, 1956. He graduated from St. Petersburg High School and attended Wake Forest, Florida State and Samford universities. Crist and his wife, Carole, live in St. Petersburg.


    1. Gov. Rick Scott to Charlie Crist: Win your primary and then maybe we'll debate


      "Give me Scott."

      Democrat Charlie Crist issued that implicit debate challenge to Gov. Rick Scott during an impromptu caught-on-video meeting Monday with Lt. Gov. Carlos-Lopez Cantera.

    2. PolitiFact Florida: Crist has changed stance on tuition rates for illegal immigrants


      In a statewide election year when both parties are courting Florida's growing Hispanic vote, the Legislature is debating giving in-state college tuition to young illegal immigrants known as "Dreamers."

      Charlie Crist now supports charging in-state rates to young illegal immigrants, but he didn’t in 2006.
    3. Thrasher: Rancourt 'doesn't count' as GOP supporter of Crist


      One of Democrat Charlie Crist's better-known Tallahassee supporters is a Republican: David Rancourt, the former super-lobbyist and co-founder of the Southern Strategy Group lobbying firm, who wrote a $50,000 check to Crist's campaign last November.

    4. Charlie Crist to House Democrats: 'I think we're gonna do it'


      Is Charlie Crist paying too much attention to polls?

    5. The plane truth: Florida Gov. Rick Scott travels in wealth, stealth


      TALLAHASSEE — The first campaign promise Gov. Rick Scott kept allows him to travel with the privacy and luxury of a CEO while living in the fishbowl of public office.

      Florida Gov. Rick Scott flies in a Cessna Citation Excel owned by a company whose only officer is his wife, Ann Scott.
    6. Scott OKs tag fee rollback, calls out Crist at signing ceremony


      A Capitol bill-signing had the air of a partisan rally Wednesday as Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill to roll back some auto tag fees to pre-2009 levels, while repeatedly reminding his audience that former Gov. Charlie Crist approved them.

    7. PolitiFact Florida: March's five most popular fact-checks


      Education and medical marijuana dominated March web traffic at PolitiFact Florida.

    8. Who is behind the attacks from the left on Charlie Crist?


      Or this could have nothing to do with Republicans pounding Crist from the left, and that a group of concerned Democrats supporting Rich could be doing the work. We'll know more if Progressive Choice disclosed its donors, as required under Florida law.

    9. Charlie Crist and Rick Scott go to battle over health care in dueling ads


      TALLAHASSEE — The Florida governor's race became a battleground over health care reform Thursday as Democrat Charlie Crist aggressively responded to a heavily financed attack ad from Republican Gov. Rick Scott, while the governor released a Web ad with a 20-year-old cancer patient endorsing him.

    10. PolitiFact Florida: Did Rick Scott try to cut education by $3.3 billion?


      Charlie Crist has gone on the offensive againt Gov. Rick Scott in this year's gubernatorial campaign. On his website, Crist says "Rick Scott tried to slash school funding by $3.3 billion."