(CNN) – Florida governor and possible Republican vice presidential candidate Charlie Crist announced Thursday that he is engaged to Carole Rome, his girlfriend of nine months.
"She's special in every way. She's brilliant, beautiful and sweet. I'm very, very lucky," Crist told the St. Petersburg Times.
Crist was married once before for less than a year but got divorced in 1980. Rome is recently divorced and has two children, 9 and 11.
The pair met when Crist was visiting New York last September according to the Associated Press, and don’t have a firm date for the nuptials.
Crist is rumored to be on John McCain’s shortlist for the vice presidential nomination and has been one of the Arizona senator’s most fervent surrogates. He recently reversed his position against domestic offshore drilling to line up with McCain’s proposal to allow the states to decide.