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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. 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.

    2. 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.

    3. New Florida poll highlights the steep climb facing Carlos Beruff against Marco Rubio


      That Donald Trump crushed Marco Rubio by nearly 20 percentage points in Rubio's home state primary this year would seem to suggest Rubio has a serious problem with his base - and with his millionaire U.S. Senate primary challenger Carlos Beruff. That may turn out to be the case, but fresh polling data from Associated …

    4. PolitiFact Florida: Charlie Crist led Florida into economic recovery with stimulus, Obama says


      Former Gov. Charlie Crist once faced withering criticism for hugging President Barack Obama, but now Obama is returning the favor by embracing Crist’s congressional campaign.

    5. GOP super PAC accuses Patrick Murphy, Charlie Crist of 'straw donation scheme'


      A conservative super PAC aligned with U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says it has filed a complaint with the Federal Elections Commission accusing Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Patrick Murphy of orchestrating a "straw donation scheme."

    6. Adam Smith: Marco Rubio and Charlie Crist, two self-serving politicians aiming for a comeback

      State Roundup

      Their fortunes have been linked for the better part of a decade, two political rivals long contemptuous of each other but today sharing more in common than either would care to admit.

      Marco Rubio, left, and Charlie Crist. [Times files]
    7. Florida's never-ending Marco Rubio/Charlie Crist show


      Their fortunes have been linked for the better part of a decade, two political rivals long contemptuous of one another but today sharing more in common than either would care to admit.

      Crist and Rubio
    8. Pinellas County is Donald Trump Country; David Jolly beating Crist?


      It's wise to take any "internal campaign polling memo" released by a campaign with more than a few grains of salt, but at least two things jump out of a newly released memo from the David Jolly campaign based on June 1-2 polling in south Pinellas' Congressional District 13:

    9. Poll: Dead heat between Charlie Crist, David Jolly


      A June 9 robo poll of registered voters in the new, Democratic-leaning Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County finds Republican David Jolly earning 44.3 percent support and Democrat Charlie Crist 43.7 percent.  It was conducted by St. Pete Polls and was not commissioned by any client, said President Matt …

      Republican David Jolly is leading Democrat Charlie Crist 44.3 percent to 43.7 percent in a June 9 robo poll of registered voters.
    10. Jack Latvala: Run for reelection, David Jolly, and beat Charlie Crist


      We can't think of anybody who worked harder against David Jolly in 2014 when he ran for the GOP nomination to succeed his old boss, the late C.W. Bill Young, in the U.S. House than state Sen. Jack Latvala. He backed the unsuccessful campaign of Kathleen Peters, casting Jolly an outsider from K Street in …