Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to seek his old job
November 1st, 2013
07:06 PM ET
4 years ago

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to seek his old job

(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%.

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soundoff (198 Responses)
  1. Woman In California

    "I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me,"

    It not only left you it left period.
    Although I would love to see Scott kicked out, I still don't think Floridians (my younger sister included), are ready for a return to sanity – but if any state gets a miracle, I hope it happens there.

    November 1, 2013 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  2. Kane

    Here's one vote

    November 1, 2013 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Gary Phillips

    It's so much easier to do it as a dem. at least you'll have the media off your back.

    November 1, 2013 10:34 pm at 10:34 pm |
  4. Jl Taylor

    The progressive citizens of this country who elected president Obama should encourage moderate
    republicans to switch parties. The hateful closed minded tea party clowns only care about themselves
    and not the country's

    November 1, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  5. Mike S

    Bwahahah..The grass always looks greener on the other side. I'll like to see Crist defending the Obamacare mess now.

    November 1, 2013 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. Dave

    Republicans are political mobsters.

    November 1, 2013 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  7. Just

    He turned licensed to lie and tax like there's no tomorrow

    November 1, 2013 10:43 pm at 10:43 pm |
  8. Will Horton

    Yea a sensible level headed person to lead Florida, Run Charlie Run!
    I am all for you!

    November 1, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  9. Peter

    The GOP had better get used to this, I think it is going to start happening a lot more often.

    November 1, 2013 10:56 pm at 10:56 pm |
  10. RJ Spencer

    Desperate move by a desperate party.

    November 1, 2013 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  11. nomad2003

    He never was a repub. He will say and do anything to try to get elected.
    That is why he lost the senate race to Rubio, who at the time, was an unknow in the state.

    Be interesting to see if he can even win the dem primary. He will not win the race for govenor.

    November 1, 2013 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm |
  12. Jolat

    Another narciccist. Glad I don't live in Florida

    November 1, 2013 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  13. robert castillo

    same person just keeps changeing parties after losing each time . he is going to run out of parties

    November 1, 2013 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm |
  14. mkat2

    It isn't about being Republican, being Democrat, or being an Independent, it's all about HIM & his quest for power!
    He is no asset to ANY party! What a phony! If he fails as a Democrat, next, he'll run as a Libertarian, then, the Green
    party, etc. etc.

    November 1, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  15. Chuck

    For once, someone is coming over from the "dark side".

    November 1, 2013 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  16. Robert N. constant

    This should be one of many such transformations. Next week voters all over the country will have the opportunity to vote Tea Party Republicans out of office. It is very important that these people be punished for the damage they did to this country by the Government shutdown and the near default. It is important that Tea Party appointing Governors like Chris Christie in New Jersey can no longer appoint Right Wingers to Congress. This country has had enough of Republican/Tea Party misrule. We need people in office who love their country and NOT these people who think our Government is the enemy.

    November 1, 2013 11:40 pm at 11:40 pm |
  17. jeremy

    I think he got wind of all those crazies around him and decided to look elsewhere. I never did particularly care for the Republican party, but man oh man, they're as wacko as anything now! Good going Crist, good luck to ya! There's always something new coming out about one of these wackos(Tea People). It's like they must be trying to grind themselves and the GOP up into little pieces. Unless the Tea crazies leave, the GOP will suffer for a long, long time! Hope Crist wins. Rubio is just plain insane in the membrane!

    November 1, 2013 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  18. Thomas

    It's time for Rick Scott to go !

    November 2, 2013 12:05 am at 12:05 am |
  19. Mike

    Go Crist!

    November 2, 2013 12:10 am at 12:10 am |
  20. Terry B

    It sure would be nice to see a decent person be the governor of Florida. Scott is all for voter purges. He is also part of the war on women that has permeated the republican party. Hopefully, women will back Christ and put a decent person into the governors office. Be a great thing for Florida and the rest of the country.

    November 2, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  21. I'mvotingforHillary2016

    Good for him. I hope he wins.

    November 2, 2013 12:13 am at 12:13 am |
  22. American

    The Republicans just don't understand: Americans have nothing against personal responsibility and fiscal sanity; they just can't stand the vitriolic, petulant xenophobes preaching about it.

    November 2, 2013 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  23. Eclectech

    He's got my vote.

    November 2, 2013 12:21 am at 12:21 am |
  24. Brian

    Anyone with this much sense deserves the vote. I hope there are enough Floridians who recognize the mistake of sending jerks like Rubio to congress has hurt our country and their state. Vote Demo!

    November 2, 2013 12:27 am at 12:27 am |
  25. Joseph

    Mr. Crist is the ultimate opportunistic, failed politician. He has no party or principles, only personal ambition. Political demise to this arrogant maniac, I say.

    November 2, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
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