Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist to seek his old job
November 1st, 2013
07:06 PM ET
11 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. Ron -IN

    All I can say is this is GOOD NEWS. We need more moderate Democrats and Republicans running the nation. We squander too much time attempting to do extremely Liberal things which cost too much money and/or extremely Conservative things that neglect the poorest among us. There IS a way to do a little of both and for the nation to become stronger.

    November 2, 2013 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  2. Ctrygrl

    Perhaps this is how the republicans save themselves and the democrats. Moderate republicans become democrats and join the saner democrats to form a new more moderate democratic party that crowds out the left wing crazies. Leaving the tea party/ultra right evangelical conservatives in their echo chambers shouting and wondering why they can't win.

    November 2, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  3. Tampa Tim

    Tell & transit – In an off year election, Rubio captured the bagger vote, and won with 40% of the vote. The remaining 60%were split between Crist And the democrat. At any rate, turnout was down, and Rubio has shown he can only carry water for the Kochs. By the way, he ran as an independent.

    November 2, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  4. Jim Marler

    You will make even a better Governor as a Democrat!!!!

    November 2, 2013 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. yem

    You will have my vote any time. You are down to earth!

    November 2, 2013 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Jen

    Beware of wolves in sheep's clothing. I'd be wary of someone who would do anything to stay in politics. He either has no other career options, which makes him suspect. Or will say anything to get the public hand-out, aka governor's salary, which is also suspect.

    Now if he's completely seen the light and wishes to switch to the party of "right" even though it's called LEFT, more power to him.

    November 2, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  7. Blanca Vinje

    I will vote for him.

    November 2, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  8. Ray E (Georgia)

    Humm,
    It seems the current Governor is doing pretty well BUT there are always complaints so if Charlie is nominated we will just have to see. Crist may look like an opportunist so that may spell defeat. After all it is just Governor he is re-applying for.

    November 2, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  9. wendel

    Charlie saw the light . Something most repos don't. We will take any democratic governor over the loonie right wing nuts.

    November 2, 2013 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  10. Wee

    Charlie Crist is a good person, I hope he wins!

    November 2, 2013 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  11. c

    In spite of all the lefty propaganda about Rick Scott,
    --------–

    Columbia/HCA did not pay $1.7 billion in fines due to propaganda. They plead guilty. The company Scott ran perpetrated the largest case of Medicare fraud ever. He made himself a very rich man by defrauding the government. Then the idiots in Florida made him Governor.

    November 2, 2013 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  12. Tampa Tim

    I have read that the Kochs are spending millions to get Scott reflected. I wonder if it has anything to do with phosphate.

    November 2, 2013 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  13. James

    He pulling a Reagan. Reagan couldn't get elected dog catcher in California as a Democrat so he switched to Republican and was elected Governor. Just goes to show you that the Republicans would vote for anyone with an R behind their name. No wonder he was such a lousy president.

    November 2, 2013 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  14. Tampa Tim

    Ray E – What seems to be good by your standards is pretty lousy for our workers, our 4.5 million uninsured, our people who will get hurt because he would not take the Medicaid expansion, the cost of using his company to drug test those who get welfare. Kind of like a bagger's dream, but not good for reality.

    November 2, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  15. terryrayc

    Hum, so we couldn't win as a Republican, couldn't win as a Independent so now he's going to try as a Democrat...when he loses that what's new, The Green Party?

    November 2, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  16. tom l

    @Tampa Tim
    I have asked you a few times but for some reason you don't answer what "they cost us 24 billion with the shutdown" means. I don't understand what you're trying to say. Can you elaborate on that claim? What just does the 24 billion represent? Does it represent taxes? Jobs? Revenues? I'd like a better handle on just how impactful this was to our economy and what that 24 billion represents.

    November 2, 2013 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  17. Tampa Tim

    Let me remind you wingnuts, he was elected governor as a republican, and did a fine job. He lost in the republican senate primary to the bagger candidate., and was encouraged to run as an independent, hoping the democrat would drop out of the race, but he didn't. Crist will be elected again despite the money pouring in from the Kochs.

    November 2, 2013 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  18. dody 2

    Wish Crist the best, the Dems need to start acting like the Repubs-like refusing to accept anymore cuts to SNAP; getting rid of the 40 billion dollar/year subsidy to the oil companies; making companies pay taxes; have the rich pay a fair share in taxes. We need to stand firm and finally get changes that are right and the best for our country.

    November 2, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  19. Tom1940

    De-Ja-Vue! The spirit of Sen. Arlen Specter Lives! Re-incarnated into the body of Charlie Crist. If you can't make it as a Republican, (the Libertarians can't muster enough votes to get a person elected), that just leaves the Democrats to welcome you with open arms, open wallets and a "new home". Go get 'em Charlie. I'm sure your fidelity, honor, "word" and dedication to cause, party and ideology will be "appreciated" by Fla. Voters, come November.

    November 2, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  20. McBob79

    Crist will likely be elected which simplly adds to the list of stupidity going on in Floriduh

    November 2, 2013 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  21. josh rogen

    I'm proud to be a liberal small government republican why anyone would want to leave the republican party and join the klan party as it is known in the south is beyond me. democrats should look at how the racist klan party has hijacked the liberal movement and turned it into a Soviet style aristocracy, electing uncle tom to the WH just proves the point.

    November 2, 2013 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  22. Rosslaw

    Since Crist has not been investigated, indicted or convicted for massive fraud like the current republican governor of Florida, Scott, who achieved the distinction of being one of the greatest medicare fraud artists in history while CEO of HCA, Crist wouldn't qualify as a republican to begin with. Maybe he could steal some cars like Darrell Issa.

    November 2, 2013 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  23. j0eschm0e

    when i read the headline, I thought for sure it was chris christie

    November 2, 2013 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  24. Paratrooper_us

    This guy is a liberal to the max. After he left the Governor's position, he went to work for the largest Ambulance chasing law firms in the State – Morgan & Morgan, who also happens to be the biggest liberal you can find. Morgan accepts no personal responsibility in his own life, he has been arrested many times for DUI and no longer has his license, and this is the kind of person that Crist associates himself with very closely.

    Crist was liked when he was Governor of our State and the odds of him winning are very slim. He is a has been politician that is now an ambulance chaser.

    November 2, 2013 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  25. sayer

    They left me too, Charlie.

    November 2, 2013 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
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