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Charlie Crist
Charlie Crist

Born: July 24, 1956 (age 58) in Altoona

Charlie Crist


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Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. is an American attorney and politician who served as the 44th Governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011.

Crist began his political career as a Republican, serving in the Florida Senate from 1993 to 1999, running unsuccessfully for the U.S.

Senate in 1998 and then serving as Florida Education Commissioner from 2001 to 2003 and Florida Attorney General from 2003 to 2007 before being elected Governor in 2006.

Crist declined to run for re-election as Governor in 2010, instead announcing on May 12, 2009, that he was running for the U.S.

Senate seat being vacated by then-fellow Republican Mel Martinez.

After initially leading in the race for the Republican nomination, he was overtaken in the polls by Tea Party candidate Marco Rubio and in April 2010, Crist left the Republican Party and became an Independent.

In the general election, he lost to Rubio in a three-way race, taking 30% of the vote to Rubio's 49% and Democratic nominee Kendrick Meek's 20%.

Crist's term as Governor ended in January 2011.

On December 7, 2012, he joined the Democratic Party, having endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election in 2012.

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Homeowners are paying more for less insurance coverage under Scott, Crist says

PolitiFact checked out Charlie Crist’s claim against Gov. Rick Scott on property insurance rates and found it mostly true.
Miami Herald 34 minutes ago

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Rick Scott tries to clarify attack ad on Charlie Crist

Gov. Rick Scott suggested his ad wasn’t really saying that Charlie Crist was an active participant in the fraud spawned by Scott Rothstein’s Ponzi scheme.
Miami Herald 4 hours ago

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News video: Bill Clinton Campaigns for Former Republican

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Former President Bill Clinton is lending his political star power to Charlie Crist, a former Republican governor of Florida who is now running as a Democrat to get his old job back. (September..
Source: Associated Press - 2 weeks ago

News video: Florida Power Utilities Fear Return Of ‘Green Governor' Crist

Florida Power Utilities Fear Return Of ‘Green Governor' Crist 00:44

When Charlie Crist last governed Florida, his green energy and climate policies made him few friends among the state's powerful electricity corporations. Now, as the Republican-turned Democrat bids to..
Source: wochit - 2 weeks ago

News video: Voters In Florida, 3 Other States Head To Polls

Voters In Florida, 3 Other States Head To Polls 00:45

Former Florida Gov. Charlie Crist is set to find out how much momentum he has for a political comeback, as Democratic primary voters appear ready to nominate the former Republican for a chance to..
Source: wochit - 3 weeks ago

News video: Crist Wins Florida Democratic Primary For Governor

Crist Wins Florida Democratic Primary For Governor 00:50

Former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist has won the Democratic nomination to seek his old job with his new party. Early returns showed Crist with 75 percent of the vote, with 35 percent of precincts..
Source: wochit politics - 3 weeks ago

News video: Current governor to face a former governor

Current governor to face a former governor

Rick Scott to face Charlie Crist in November.
Source: WAWS-Syndi - 3 weeks ago

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Former Gov. Charlie Crist is spelling out some of his plans to create jobs.
WEAR ABC 3 6 hours ago
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Scott Defends Political Ad After Mystery Man Identified

Florida Governor Rick Scott is defending an attack ad where a man claimed he was swindled by gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein.
cbs4.com 6 hours ago

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Mystery Man Identified In Scott Attack Ad On Crist

A man claiming he was swindled by gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and convicted Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein in a Gov. Rick Scott ad has been identified.
cbs4.com 7 hours ago
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Scott & Crist In, Wyllie Out Of Gubernatorial Debate

Unless a Libertarian gubernatorial candidate can boost his poll numbers in hurry, it looks like it will be only Republican Gov. Rick Scott and Democrat Charlie Crist at the Leadership Florida/Florida..
cbs4.com 9 hours ago
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Steve Scalise Lobbyist Adviser: GOP Must Pass Amnesty 'Pronto' After Midterms

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Breitbart 23 hours ago

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Mystery man in Rick Scott attack ad unveiled, misleads about Charlie Crist and Ponzi schemer ties

The Miami Herald has identified the Republican used in an attack ad by Gov. Rick Scott against challenger Charlie Crist. The ad wrongly claims that Crist and Ponzi schemer Scott Rothstein had..
Miami Herald 1 day ago

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Crist Campaign Gets Cash Infusion, Still Trails Scott

Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist and his supporters were busy adding to the campaign's coffers in the last week or two.
cbs4.com 2 days ago
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HUFFPOLLSTER: Another Poll Shows Increasingly Close Race In New Hampshire

A flurry of new Senate polls released over the weekend suggest a closer race in New Hampshire, an emerging consensus that Hagan is leading in North Carolina, and internal polling continues to favor the..
Huffington Post 3 days ago

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott Appointing Fewer Black Judges Than Predecessors

TALLAHASSEE — After nearly four years, Gov. Rick Scott has appointed fewer African-Americans to Florida judgeships than either Charlie Crist or Jeb Bush did in the same period of time.
Huffington Post 3 days ago

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Charlie Crist’s party-switch is not unusual in Fla. politics

Switching parties is a time-honored tradition in Florida politics, but Charlie Crist is doing it at a time, at a level and in a way never before attempted.
Miami Herald 4 days ago

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Democrat Candidates for Governor Want Big Obamacare Expansions

democrat candidates for governor want big obamacare expansionsA recent analysis of five Democrats running for Governor across the country in close elections finds them promising major expansions of Obamacare if they are elected, showing that not all Democrats are..
Breitbart 4 days ago

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Fla. GOP makes final push for Gov. Rick Scott

Buoyed by a significant cash advantage and polls that show Gov. Rick Scott either tied or leading, Florida Republicans on Saturday contended they are focused and ready for the November election. The..
Click Orlando 4 days ago

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N.J. Gov. Chris Christie catches Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign bus, slams Charlie Crist

Teasing Floridians as ‘very polite people,’ Chris Christie offered a morning crowd of Panhandle Republicans a taste of his and New Jersey’s in-your-face style.
Miami Herald 5 days ago

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