(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%.
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.
I guess he decided to actually stand up for America rather than the America hating conservatives.
Look for more sensible Republicans to look for refuge with the Democrats.
The radical righties running, and ruining, the GOP.
If Crist kept his nose of the Senate race in Florida, Marco Rubio might not have been elected. Thanks Charlie.
Good for Christ. Time for highly unpopular tea-party liar Rick Scott to get booted out of office. Bye-bye Skeletor!
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.
When Ted Cruz is allowed access to the helm, it's time to abandon ship.
As a Florida resident, I am eagerly waiting for him to rescue the state from Slick Rick.
Charlie has my vote
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.
In Florida most of us would vote for a skunk instead of Rick Scott the thief. Crist will do just fine!
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?
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.
You've got my vote Charlie
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.
Republicans are dropping like flies! Problem is, democrats are as trustworthy as the republicans.
Losing is not an option! Make your country proud Floridians.
Good to see he's finally "seen the light' and become a Democrat.
Losing is not an option!
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???
Good! I hope that awful Repub Rick Scott loses!
Anything to regain power and influence. ANYTHING!
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?
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!
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.