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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. PolitiFact Florida checks 'flippin' unbelievable' ad against Charlie Crist (video)

      State Roundup

      A new ad with an old complaint against Charlie Crist calls it "flippin' unbelievable" — then recounts how Crist has flip-flopped on, well, many things.

      Some of the Republican Party of Florida’s claims about a flip-flopping Charlie Crist hold up as full flops, while some rate as half flips.
    2. Rick Scott.
    3. Bousquet: Gov. Rick Scott's tax attack on Charlie Crist skirts truth


      As they prepare for the first of three TV debates, Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist are fine-tuning their talking points for viewers who are just starting to pay attention to the biggest race for governor in the country.

    4. Charlie Crist kicks off latest campaign tour with stop at Pasco home

      State Roundup


      Charlie Crist kicked off a "kitchen table tour" with a stop at a Pasco County home Monday morning to talk about insurance and utility rates as polls show the Democrat locked in a virtual tie with Gov. Rick Scott.

      Charlie Crist sits at the dining table with Marge Gibbons, 68, while he visited her and her husband, J.M., Monday morning at their Holiday home. [BRENDAN FITTERER   |   Times]
    5. Crist's signature accomplishment is one he never mentions


      On the campaign trail, Charlie Crist rarely, if ever, mentions a 1995 law that was arguably the most far-reaching legislation of his entire political career — and which used to be a key feature of his tough-on-crime persona.

      Charlie Crist has not made crime a big part of his campaign.
    6. The Money Race: Crist gains ground, but gap with Scott remains


      Heading into the final month of Florida’s gubernatorial race, Charlie Crist gained a wee bit of ground in campaign contributions on Gov. Rick Scott with the help of his political action committee.

    7. Adam C. Smith column: The case for Charlie Crist

      State Roundup

      Why should you vote for Charlie Crist to serve another term as Florida governor? First and foremost, because he's not Rick Scott.

      [ CAMERON COTTRILL | Times ]
    8. Adam C. Smith column: The case for Rick Scott

      State Roundup

      Why should you vote for Rick Scott to serve a second term as Florida governor? First and foremost, because he's not Charlie Crist.

      [ CAMERON COTTRILL | Times ]
    9. Democrats: GOP photographed car tags to 'bully, intimidate'


      Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Allison Tant said Friday that Republicans and Gov. Rick Scott tried to "bully, harass and intimidate" people by photographing the license plates of cars belonging to people at a Charlie Crist fund-raiser at her home Tuesday.