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. Crist changed tune on in-state tuition, but so has Rubio


      The Republican Party of Florida today called out Charlie Crist's flip-flop on in-state tuition for children of illegal immigrants.

    2. Charlie Crist blasts Rick Scott in speech as 'a disaster' for Florida


      TALLAHASSEE — Facing a friendly Democratic crowd Tuesday, Charlie Crist called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" for Florida and predicted "the nightmare will be over" when he wins in November.

      Charlie Crist made the remarks at an event in Tallahassee.
    3. Crist on Scott's record: In six months, 'the nightmare will be over'


      Democratic candidate for governor Charlie Crist, speaking Tuesday to a packed house at the Capital Tiger Bay Club, called Gov. Rick Scott "a disaster" who's "essentially pleading the fifth" every time he dodges a question.

    4. Sunshine


      Good morning. It's Monday, April 21, 2014.

      Pasco County elementary school students.
    5. Mysterious group right about Crist implementing Bush's A+ Plan

      State Roundup

      Gov. Rick Scott isn't the only one attacking presumptive gubernatorial rival Charlie Crist. An outside group called Progressive Choice Florida has taken a few shots as well — although there's some question as to which side the group is on.

    6. Charlie Crist's gubernatorial challenge: motivating South Florida Democrats


      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.

      Charlie Crist addresses volunteers Saturday as he opens his first gubernatorial field office in Plantation. The post in Broward County will be important as the former governor tries to get South Florida Democrats to the polls. Broward is home to almost 564,000 Democrats, more than any other county in the state.
    7. Pockets of anti-Crist resistance are not hard to find in Broward


      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.

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


      "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.

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


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


      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.