(CNN) - Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is looking to return to the state's highest office, according to documents filed Friday with the Florida Department of State.
Crist, who served as a Republican governor from 2007 to 2011, has an event scheduled for Monday in St. Petersburg for a "Major Announcement" where he is expected to formally declare his candidacy.
The twist? Crist's professed party in the campaign filing Friday is Democrat.
Crist famously separated from the Republican Party during his failed 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate.
At the time, he switched to Independent after he fell far behind in the race against a then little-known Marco Rubio, who went on to become the state's Republican Senator after a three-way race.
The reason for Crist's fall from the GOP was in part his 2009 embrace of President Barack Obama at an event pushing the federal stimulus.
Crist completed his transformation from red to blue when he changed his party affiliation to Democrat in 2012 after backing Obama for reelection and speaking at the Democratic National Convention that year.
"I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me," Crist said on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight" at the time, repeating a line he used at the Democratic convention. "Issue after issue they seem to get more strident and more difficult."
Polls have treated the political transition kindly, with potential voters in a March Quinnipiac University survey backing Crist 50% of the time to Republican Gov. Rick Scott's 34%.
Why hire someone whose principles are so bad, he flip flops from one party to the other, and stands for NOTHING?
I like this dude.
Love this guy! Good luck to him!
Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We are so ready.
Go Christ.time to jump ship from the party of hatred.
Crist will win.
Pretty pathetic Charlie...
Be fair and cover Adrian Wyllie who is the Libertarian candidate for governor in Florida.
Any one but Skelletor.The present Gov. of Florida is the poster person of a rich man getting into politics to become richer and punished his personal enemies
How embarrassing....just stick to your beliefs. Don't change your beliefs based on what you think will get you elected.
Democrat, Republican they're all the same; they just like the power and favors. At least this idiot is a bit more open about it than the rest of them.
Good news ! Always liked him because he was an independent thinker ! Way to impartial to be a republican that's why they couldn't get along ! Wish him all the best !
wonder how long he will be a democrat?
THey kicked him out because he had the nerve to be polite and nice to the President ? That was all ???
The left has no answer for reason. Like it or not the tea party is etched into our memory bank. 40 years of socialist thought will vanish into the future of dust.
Every once in a while one of them comes to his senses and decides he wants to improve the quality of people's lives..
Ah, the implosion continues. Darn, if this didn't have such negative consequences it would be great entertainment...and good for the economy too. Just think of companies that market popcorn and other snacks.
We don't need to accommodate US politics shifting FURTHER to the right, we need REAL LIBERALS!
"Crist famously separated from the Republican Party during his failed 2010 bid for the U.S. Senate. The reason for Crist's fall from the GOP was in part his 2009 embrace of President Barack Obama at an event pushing the federal stimulus." That explains it all.
well he didnt really have to change his affiliation... the gop has moved so far right anyone that didnt follow is a Democrat now
What a hack – belongs in the Democrat party.
This will happen more and more. It isn't a bad thing...the Left is open enough to walk the middle whereas the GOP right now is not.
Go away Charlie. You are a loser no matter which party you claim.
Current Florida guv Scott is a medicare fraudster, hellbent on aiding the tea bags bring down our county. The good people of FLA would do well to end their spin down the drain and embrace Crist.
As a republican, i believe we have to stay loyal. Even if Satan was running as a Republican, then we have to vote for him. That's what loyalty truly is.