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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: Fact-checking the crime crossfire in the Crist-Jolly debate

      State Roundup

      Incumbent U.S. Rep. David Jolly sparked a memorable moment during Monday's 13th Congressional District debate, getting a rise out of Democratic challenger Charlie Crist by pointing out his fondness for chain gangs during his days as a Republican state senator.

      The 13th Congressional District debate between U.S. Rep. David Jolly, the Republican incumbent, left, and Democrat Charlie Crist was held at the Palladium Theatre in St. Petersburg on Monday. [DIRK SHADD   |   Times]
    2. Charlie Crist, David Jolly spar right out of the gate in Congressional District 13 debate

      State Roundup

      ST. PETERSBURG — It didn't take long for the barbs to start flying in the 13th Congressional District debate on Monday.

      David Jolly pounced on Charlie Crist’s once hard-line stance on crime, reminding voters he was labeled “Chain Gang Charlie.”
    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. 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 …

    6. 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.

    7. 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."

    8. 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]
    9. 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
    10. 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: