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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. Environmental group steps up to help Charlie Crist beat David Jolly


      The League of Conservation Voters has added Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly of Pinellas County Jolly to their “Dirty Dozen” list,  announcing a $200,000 mail campaign against him. . The LCV and LCV Victory Fund said they are spending at least $1 million or more to defeat House candidates in the 2016 …

    2. The saga of Democrats' fake David Jolly/Donald Trump TV ads refuses to die


      ST. PETERSBURG — It wouldn't be October without some kind of campaign shenanigans.

      Let's start from the beginning:

      The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committtee paid for an ad with crudely photoshopped images of Congressman David Jolly together with Donald Trump. Jolly has never met Trump. He's calling for Tampa Bay television stations to stop airing the ad or face legal action. But so far no TV stations have listened.
    3. David Jolly blasts 'false' Democratic ad tying Republican congressman to Donald Trump

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — David Jolly has never met Donald Trump.

      The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee used software to superimpose Jolly’s head over whoever was meeting with Trump.
    4. Bill Young widow backs Charlie Crist over former Bill Young aide David Jolly


      Beverly Young, the outspoken widow of the late U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young, posted on Facebook today that she is voting for Charlie Crist over former Young aide and lawyer David Jolly, for the Pinellas Congressional seat that her husband represented.

      Beverly Young posted a photo of a ballot and wrote that she "can't believe Jolly is still saying Bill is his mentor, when Bill would be totally disgusted and ashamed how he has handled his district of 50 years."
    5. As U.S. Rep. David Jolly and Charlie Crist debate, Beverly Young criticizes Jolly on Facebook

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — As U.S. Rep. David Jolly and rival Charlie Crist wrapped up their debate in front of the Suncoast Tiger Bay club on Thursday, a familiar face re-entered the 13th Congressional District race:

      Democrat Charlie Crist, left, and Republican incumbent David Jolly greet each other on Thursday at the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club debate at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.
    6. TV ad: Charlie Crist, career politician; Isn't 30 years enough?


      People for Pinellas, a super PAC committee helping Republican U.S. Rep. David Jolly against Democrat Charlie Crist, has reserved $450,000 in cable TV time, according to People for Pinellas adviser David Johnson, who is a person from Tallahasse. The group's first ad calls Crist "the ultimate career …

    7. PolitiFact Florida: Fact-checking the crime crossfire in the Crist-Jolly debate

      State Roundup

      Incumbent U.S. Rep. David Jolly sparked a memorable moment during Monday's 13th Congressional District debate, getting a rise out of Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by pointing out his fondness for chain gangs during his days as a Republican state senator.

      The 13th Congressional District debate between U.S. Rep. David Jolly, the Republican incumbent, left, and Democrat Charlie Crist was held at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg on Monday. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
    8. Charlie Crist, David Jolly spar right out of the gate in Congressional District 13 debate

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take long for the barbs to start flying in the 13th Congressional District debate on Monday.

      David Jolly pounced on Charlie Crist’s once hard-line stance on crime, reminding voters he was labeled “Chain Gang Charlie.”
    9. PolitiFact Florida: Carlos Beruff supported Charlie Crist after party switch, PAC says


      Florida’s GOP primary for U.S. Senate has turned into mutual finger-pointing over which candidate is possibly more like former Republican Charlie Crist.

    10. Rudy Giuliani unclear on the Mexico paying for wall stuff, but says Trump is the candidate to grow the economy


      Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani phoned the Buzz this morning to welcome Hillary Clinton to Tampa Bay and talk up Donald Trump's vision for the economy, and ripped Clinton, Charlie Crist and President Barack Obama.