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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. Where's the enthusiasm for Charlie Crist's campaign?


      Let's stipulate that Charlie Crist is the overwhelming favorite to win the Democratic nomination in Pinellas County's and therefore the U.S. House seat that is Pinellas County's redrawn and overwhelmingly Democratic Congressional district 13. Given Crist's universal name recognition and lifetime of political …

    2. U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor endorses Charlie Crist


      U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, who reprsents the south Pinellas area likely to be added to Congressional District 13, today endorsed Charlie Crist for Congress. He is the heavy favorite in a primary against Eric Lynn. Here's her statement:

    3. Meet Charlie Crist's campaign team


      He may be a Democrat, but that doesn't make Charlie Crist a spendthrift when it comes to his campaigns. Crist has a characteristically small team working on the campaign. It's also a young team:

    4. PolitiFact Florida reviews congressional candidate Charlie Crist's record


      It’s official: Former Gov. Charlie Crist will run for Congress in a St. Petersburg seat in what’s expected to become a Democratic-leaning district.

    5. Rick Kriseman endorses Eric Lynn, not Charlie Crist, for Congress

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — Turns out there was a good reason Mayor Rick Kriseman didn't attend Charlie Crist's congressional kick-off Tuesday.

    6. Sorry, Charlie Crist, Obama staying neutral in primary and Mayor Rick Kriseman backing rival


      Charlie Crist was the only prominent Republican to embrace vocally Barack Obama's economic stimulus package in 2009. In 2012 the Republican-turned independent former governor did more than any other elected official in Florida to help Obama win the state again. Crist even addressed the Democratic National …

    7. David Jolly crashes Charlie Crist's campaign kickoff


      Charlie Crist announced his campaign for Congress in St. Petersburg on Tuesday, kicking off his ninth campaign for elected office in 25 years.

      Ken Welch, Wengay Newton, and Carole Crist look on as Charlie Crist announces for Congress
    8. Yes, it looks like Crist will announce for Congress next week


      Bay Buzz asked last night: Crist to announce for Congress next week?

      Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist throws a fist bump to supporters after his Nov. 4 concession speech after his failed bid for the governor's office as a Democrat.
    9. On this date in Florida history, Mr. Trump wasn't 'bored'


      On Oct. 13, 2006, he hosted a big fund-raiser at his Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach for Crist, who was cruising to victory as "the next governor of the great state of Florida."

      PolitiFact Florida revisits Charlie Crist's record on the Truth-O-Meter


      Former Gov. Charlie Crist wasted little time after U.S. Rep. David Jolly announced a run for Senate, suggesting that he may be return to the campaign trail to run for Jolly’s House seat.