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

    Here in Florida we generally refer to Rick Scott as Voldermort... as much for his evil character as for his physical resemblance to the evil one.

    November 2, 2013 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  2. Loathstheright

    I guess he decided to actually stand up for America rather than the America hating conservatives.

    November 2, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  3. jimatmad

    Look for more sensible Republicans to look for refuge with the Democrats.

    The radical righties running, and ruining, the GOP.

    November 2, 2013 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  4. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    If Crist kept his nose of the Senate race in Florida, Marco Rubio might not have been elected. Thanks Charlie.

    November 2, 2013 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  5. judith

    Good for Christ. Time for highly unpopular tea-party liar Rick Scott to get booted out of office. Bye-bye Skeletor!

    November 2, 2013 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  6. You worried about standards?

    Rick McDaniel

    Why hire someone whose principles are so bad, he flip flops from one party to the other, and stands for NOTHING?

    FL hired someone whose principals are so bad, he was at the helm of a company that defrauded Medicare over $1.7 billion dollars.

    November 2, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. jimatmad

    When Ted Cruz is allowed access to the helm, it's time to abandon ship.

    November 2, 2013 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  8. Ralph_in_FL

    As a Florida resident, I am eagerly waiting for him to rescue the state from Slick Rick.

    November 2, 2013 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. MaryM

    Charlie has my vote

    November 2, 2013 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. George

    Yep – sorry Charlie we want tuna that tastes good not a tuna that thinks it has good taste. Find a different career. You have zero chance in getting elected.

    November 2, 2013 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. oldbones24

    In Florida most of us would vote for a skunk instead of Rick Scott the thief. Crist will do just fine!

    November 2, 2013 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Dan in FL

    The current governor of Florida, Rick Scott, is a white-collar criminal. His company conducted one of the largest Medicare frauds in history and he claimed he knew nothing about it. He was either running his company (and therefore he lied about the fraud) or was a clueless figurehead (and is therefore an incompetent leader). Why can't the Republican Party nominate someone more respectable for governor?

    November 2, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  13. dave

    That should read he is running as a Communist. There is no such thing as a Democrat anymore, they are all liberal pinko Communist f#ggots.

    November 2, 2013 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Tim

    You've got my vote Charlie

    November 2, 2013 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  15. Jeremy

    I see a bunch of people on here criticizing Crist because he flipped parties. Ok...what would you do if the political party you're affiliated with divorces itself from common sense and throws the party's future in with radical evangelical tea baggers and revisionist history libertarians? I'm a Democrat and a left of center guy and I welcome Crist. He's a pragmatic leader and does what's best for the citizens of Florida and not what's best for the Koch brothers, the Southern Baptist Convention, or the tea party idiots. Really hope he pulls off the win.

    November 2, 2013 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  16. betty

    Republicans are dropping like flies! Problem is, democrats are as trustworthy as the republicans.

    November 2, 2013 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  17. djwazu

    Losing is not an option! Make your country proud Floridians.

    November 2, 2013 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  18. Kathy - Glendale, AZ

    Good to see he's finally "seen the light' and become a Democrat.

    November 2, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  19. djwazu

    Losing is not an option!

    November 2, 2013 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  20. Des Perado

    Christ the LOSER now says he’s a chooser to run as the Dem that he’s been all along
    Heck…after Obama’s 17 TRILLION in debt & failed Obamacare…what ever could go wrong???

    November 2, 2013 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Jersey Girl

    Good! I hope that awful Repub Rick Scott loses!

    November 2, 2013 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  22. John

    Anything to regain power and influence. ANYTHING!

    November 2, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  23. DB

    Nothing wrong with this. If his former party has become so extreme that it is no longer reflective of his values, why shouldn't he change parties?

    November 2, 2013 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  24. FL

    This guy will do anything he can to try to get elected! He's been a Republican, an "Independent" and now that he's working for a law firm owned by a major Democrat, he's a Democrat. He was a major disappointment as Gov (I voted for him the first time). He and Rick Scott are both bums and we need better choices in FL!

    November 2, 2013 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  25. Indie Thinker

    n the grand scheme of things, Crist is no angel, but he will do far less damage than a second term by Scott. Scott lies unconscionably about his alleged successes in bringing jobs to Florida, and thereby mocks those who have suffered through one of the worst long-term unemployment crises in the nation. Scott touts the lower unemployment rate, but won't admit that it has been lowered in good part because so many frustrated people have left the workforce. He poaches jobs from other states that come already occupied, bringing no work to out of work Floridians, and souring relations with other states. And he has also remarkably forgotten that what he promised originally was 700K more jobs on top of the million that were already predicted as part of normal economic rebound. (It's also dishonest to blame Crist for the earlier job losses, which were due to a nationwide crisis Crist could do nothing about.)

    In the end, even Donald Duck would be a better choice than Rick Scott for FL's next governor.

    November 2, 2013 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
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