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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. Charlie Crist's sister and former campaign manager Margaret Crist Wood dead at 60


      ST. PETERSBURG — Margaret Crist Wood, a sister of former Gov. Charlie Crist who managed his 2010 campaign for the U.S. Senate, died of cancer Tuesday at Bayfront Health St. Petersburg, her family said.

      She was 60.

      Margaret Crist Wood, Fay Mackey and Susan Churuti at a Stuart Society fashion show at the Renaissance Vinoy Resort.
    2. Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn working to raise statewide profile


      Tampa's city elections are less than three weeks away, but Bob Buckhorn is looking a lot farther into the future than March 3.

    3. Charlie Crist in Washington to party with Obama


      Charlie Crist visited the White House this morning and plans to attend a holiday party there this evening.

      Crist tweeted a photo of himself holding his voter registration form with his wife, Carole, on Dec. 7, 2012, at the White House. “Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party,’’ he said.
    4. 'Fangate' makes the Southern Strategy hit list


      Holiday season means many things and one of our favorite traditions is the Southern Strategy greeting card. The lobbying firm always finds a way to play off politics and it went for the silly and strange debate flap between Charlie Crist and Rick Scott.

      Southern Strategy holiday card 2014
    5. Perspective: States, big money gives GOP big edge


      The single biggest benefactor of Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign also was crucial in clinching races from Maine to Michigan, bringing the number of Republicans in governor's mansions to a nearly two-decade peak.

    6. Marc Caputo's 10 takeaways from Florida's 2014 elections


      Here's all of 'em. I'd say this one in particular:

    7. How Rick Scott won re-election as Florida governor

      State Roundup

      By the time the Halloween memo from their pollsters arrived Friday, Charlie Crist's campaign team had already lost a good deal of confidence from a week earlier. Gov. Rick Scott was spending the equivalent of $1,200 a minute every day, every hour on TV ads, and it was moving numbers.

      Rick Scott won the governor's race four years ago by about 1 percentage point - 61,000 votes - and he won reelection Tuesday by about 1 percentage point - about 70,000 votes. [JAMES BORCHUCK | Times]
    8. After close loss, Charlie Crist reflects on what might have been

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — Charlie Crist is disappointed but not angry.

      In the wake of his loss, Charlie Crist refused to second-guess his strategic decisions. His only spoken regret: "I wish I had a bigger bank account." [CHERIE DIEZ | Times]
    9. With Scott victory, Florida Medicaid expansion hopes dim


      Tuesday's re-election of Republican governors in closely contested races in Florida, Georgia, Wisconsin, Maine and Kansas dims the chances of Medicaid expansion in those states.

    10. On the morning after, Bob Buckhorn riffs on the idea of running for governor in 2018


      Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn wasted no time Wednesday before mentioning and flirting with the idea of running for governor in 2018.

      “Where’s the fan?”

      Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn speaks at a news conference on a park project in Tampa this summer.