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. As Charlie Crist runs for governor, motivating South Florida Democrats is his challenge

      National

      WEST PALM BEACH — Sam Oser is 88, and he wants to live long enough to see a Democrat get elected governor of Florida again — even one who used to be a Republican.

      “The only way we can move ahead is to have a Democratic governor.”
Sam Oser, 88, of West Palm Beach.
    2. Pockets of anti-Crist resistance are not hard to find in Broward

      Blogs

      As the Democratic Women's Club of Broward gathered for its monthly meeting Wednesday, a table was filled with leaflets promoting Nan Rich's candidacy for governor, but not a piece of Charlie Crist literature could be seen.

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

      Elections

      "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.

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

      Gubernatorial

      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.
    5. Thrasher: Rancourt 'doesn't count' as GOP supporter of Crist

      Blogs

      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.

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

      Blogs

      Is Charlie Crist paying too much attention to polls?

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

      Elections

      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.
    8. Scott OKs tag fee rollback, calls out Crist at signing ceremony

      Blogs

      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.

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

      Blogs

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

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

      Blogs

      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.