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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. Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi scheme

      State Roundup

      With soft piano music in the background, an anonymous Republican in Gov. Rick Scott's latest attack ad levels an explosive claim about Democrat Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.

    2. Liberal group planning to distribute 'Shady Rick hand sanitizers'


      The liberal advocacy group Florida for All plans a downtown Tampa protest Tuesday afternoon outside a fund-raiser for Gov. Rick Scott's re-election.  The group says it will distribute "Shady Rick Hand Sanitizers" outside the event, which is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m.

    3. Scott leads by 5 points, pot amendment sinking in WFLA poll


      A new statewide Survey USA robo poll for WFLA Channel 8 in Tampa has Republican Gov. Rick Scott with a 5 point lead over Democrat Charlie Crist, 44 percent to 39 percent, with Libertarian Adrian Wyllie at 7 …

    4. Scott appoints fewer blacks to judgeships than Crist or Bush


      Florida is the most diverse state in the U.S., but a review of Gov. Rick Scott's record of appointing judges shows that the bench has become whiter since he became governor nearly four years ago. Scott has appointed fewer African-American candidates to judgeships than his predecessors, Charlie Crist and Jeb Bush, did …

    5. Tampa Bay is ground zero as governor's race ad war hits $40 million

      State Roundup

      The race for Florida governor is about to be a $40 million affair. And, with about eight weeks to go, expect that amount to double — or perhaps triple.

      Like Gov. Rick Scott, left, most of Charlie Crist's TV ads are negative. [AP photos]
    6. The Money Race: Republican governors continue to bank on Rick Scott


      The Republican Governors Association continues to invest heavily in Gov. Rick Scott's re-election campaign. Its $2 million check listed in the most recent campaign finance report brings the group's total to $11 million. The latest donation went public just as New Jersey Gov. Chris …

    7. Charlie Crist's party switch is like no other in Florida history



      Candidates in Florida have been switching parties for decades, so Charlie Crist's unprecedented bid to be the state's first governor to serve as a Republican and as a Democrat may not be as outlandish as it seems.

      Tallahassee, Fla.: Governor Bob Martinez announces his $17.9 billion budget that includes a 7% pay raise for Florida’s teachers. Martinez explained the spending package and answered questions during a 2/12 news conference.

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    8. On the trail, trying to turn Scott's liability into a (non-Crist) asset


      Gov. Rick Scott's two-week campaign bus tour rolled through the Panhandle Thursday, where he cast himself as an economic problem-solver in contrast to the opportunism of his opponent and predecessor, Democrat Charlie Crist.

      Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi speaks at a campaign stop for Gov. Rick Scott.
    9. Crist sides with teachers union over black clergy in school-choice program lawsuit

      State Roundup

      Charlie Crist has made education policy a centerpiece of his campaign, but it's also a wedge issue dividing two Democratic constituencies: teacher unions and black ministers who support school vouchers.

      Charlie Crist refused Wednesday to "publicly denounce" a new teacher union-led lawsuit that seeks to dismantle the major school-choice program.
    10. TV ad from Charlie Crist calls Rick Scott 'extreme' on abortion issue

      State Roundup

      Emboldened by Democrats' success with women voters, Charlie Crist's campaign has teamed up with Planned Parenthood to target Gov. Rick Scott over abortion, birth control and Medicaid expansion.