Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to seek his old job
November 1st, 2013
07:06 PM ET
6 months 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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  1. dc

    I am sooooooo shocked! NOT!

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

    Charlie Crist as a democrat is eminently appropriate. One less RINO.

    November 2, 2013 12:38 am at 12:38 am |
  3. Gary

    Problem is he was a self serving Republican as a GOV and now he's a self serving Democrat running for GOV. If we have to choose between Crist and Scott, well we are SOL...

    November 2, 2013 12:50 am at 12:50 am |
  4. Jeb

    Because anyone with any brains is leaving the party of stupid and crazy.

    November 2, 2013 12:57 am at 12:57 am |
  5. RossOKC

    We need more like him.

    November 2, 2013 12:58 am at 12:58 am |
  6. Whatever

    The GOP knows they can't win elections as Republicans, so they're going to run as Democrats. Hahahaha!

    November 2, 2013 12:59 am at 12:59 am |
  7. Anonymous

    Is this a sign GOP is becoming an extinct party or this guys can't make up his mind? Which is it?

    November 2, 2013 01:06 am at 1:06 am |
  8. joe

    He has my vote. I don't even need to hear what he has to say.

    November 2, 2013 01:11 am at 1:11 am |
  9. mountainlady

    There's no place left in the GOP for moderate intelligent candidates. It's sad. I've been a life long Democrat but have always respected an alternative view of the issues. My father was a moderate republican. Now.... no thinking person can support where the GOP has gone. It's too bad we no longer seem to have a balance between right and left.

    November 2, 2013 01:31 am at 1:31 am |
  10. TiredofScott

    As a Floridian, I am excited Mr. Crist will be running against the Devil himself. It still baffles me that Scott won the election in the first place, even with his undesirable history as a swindler and all out crook.

    November 2, 2013 01:44 am at 1:44 am |
  11. mr sensitive

    Amazing! I couldn't tell the difference until I read the article... he really is New and Improved!

    November 2, 2013 05:13 am at 5:13 am |
  12. SpencerRifle

    The man is a complete shapeshifter. He will morph his beliefs & views into whatever the current polls tell him he should be. Beware, beware, beware.

    November 2, 2013 05:16 am at 5:16 am |
  13. Rev. HENRY WESTER

    chris was a good gov. that worked for the people of fl., and at this time we know where scott stands on everything!

    November 2, 2013 05:25 am at 5:25 am |
  14. KaPueo

    While governor, Crist was the epitome of the RINO who wore the GOP label for the sole purpose of getting elected. He is so untrustworthy I find it difficult to believe even the most ardent Democrat would vote for him.

    November 2, 2013 05:59 am at 5:59 am |
  15. TSRVT

    No surprise really – he was a moderate republican when he was in that party, one of the last ones. The GOP is comprised of such a bunch of nut-jobs now that no one with a shred of decency or character would call themselves a republican.

    November 2, 2013 06:01 am at 6:01 am |
  16. marla

    Stay tUned... more defections to come.

    November 2, 2013 06:09 am at 6:09 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Anybody but Scott, the man who stole from Medicare and then the old fools in Florida voted for him.

    November 2, 2013 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  18. Luke

    There is not a bigger sleezeball in politics (and that is saying a lot) than Charlie Christ. Republican, VP wanna be who gets married because it made him not look gay, turns independent because the GOP dumped him, turns ambulance chaser with Morgan and Morgan to add more sleaze to his resume, turned Democrat so he can get left money. How on earth could you possibly vote for this incredible opportunist who has absolutely zero integrity – how can he possibly have a platform – at one point in his life he has stood on both sides of every single possible issue in American politics. Libertarians here comes Charlie in 2018!

    November 2, 2013 07:06 am at 7:06 am |
  19. MightyMoo

    I'm guessing he was a moderate Republican that was driven out? It's very interesting to watch people like that move to the other side of the isle. One side gets larger while the other gets smaller.

    November 2, 2013 07:19 am at 7:19 am |
  20. Terry Power

    You're touting survey results from 8 months ago as an indication of where the race is now? Seriously?

    Charlie's running out of political parties to switch to.....

    November 2, 2013 07:21 am at 7:21 am |
  21. boomerang

    I dont see how anyone just switches parties. You would have to completely changes your values. The Republicans are all about big business and each man for himself; the Democratcs are more about economic districution and the common good. It makes me wonder if some politicians are just so politcal that it doesnt matter which side they are on.

    November 2, 2013 07:37 am at 7:37 am |
  22. Roger

    The Republican party has left us all, Mr. Crist. It has gone off the rails, lost its way,lost its morality. It doesn't care about the average American anymore. It is a party for the party's sake.

    Good luck to you.

    November 2, 2013 07:38 am at 7:38 am |
  23. omgamike

    From what I have read and heard about Mr. Crist, I believe he would, again, be an excellent Governor for the State of Florida. The state's residents are surely in need of a chief executive who cares for their needs, instead of only those needs of businesses, large and small. Rick Scott is destroying Florida and has done little to nothing to help its citizens.

    November 2, 2013 07:42 am at 7:42 am |
  24. petena

    Is Scott runs, he will get beat by Christ. However, I'm not all convinced about his change in party. Maybe he is a true Democrat. Anything but a republican

    November 2, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  25. works4me

    He's got my vote. How this fraud Scott could ever buy his way into the Governorship is way beyond me. Crist isn't the only one to change parties after being long time members of the Republican Party. The moment McCain tapped Palin as his running mate I knew he was in it for the Party ONLY. Certainly NOT for the People! This party has left millions standing with their mouths hanging open wondering WT...

    November 2, 2013 08:00 am at 8:00 am |
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