Charlie Crist, announced that he will seek to become Florida’s governor for the second time during a rally in St. Petersburg, FL. The former Greek-American governor who switched parties to become a Democrat will make history if he managed to unseat his successor on November 4th, 2014.
After waging a shadow campaign for months, Crist emerged to formally announce he’s entering the contest for the Democratic nomination for governor.
Crist said he was launching a “journey to take back our state’s destiny.”
“What we have here in Florida today isn’t working. Tallahassee is out of control,” he said. “The voice of the people has been silenced by the financial bullies and the special interests.”
The former Florida Governor campaigned for Obama in the 2012 Presidential Election and spoke at the Democratic National Convention.
His endorsement of Obama referenced the president’s health reform law and handling of the economy. It drew criticism from Republicans who branded him “the silly putty of Florida politics.”
Later in 2012, Gov. Charlie Crist, who served the state of Florida as a Republican and later run for Senate as an independent, announced on Twitter that he’s joining the Democratic Party.
Now, some of top Team Obama aids are doing the same for Crist. The president’s 2008 Florida director, Steven Schale, is serving as an adviser, and the campaign has hired Obama media adviser Jim Margolis, the Washington Post reported.
Crist posted to Twitter a photo of himself holding voter registration paperwork and the message, “Proud and honored to join the Democratic Party in the home of President @BarackObama!”
Crist was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania on July 24, 1956, to Charles Joseph Crist, Sr., an Greek-American physician of Cypriot descent, and Nancy (née Lee), of Scots-Irish American descent. His family name is adapted from the original Greek name “Christodoulou”. Crist moved to St. Petersburg, Florida, as a child.
Many Democrats, and a fair number of Republicans, see Crist as the only candidate with a realistic chance of ousting Scott in the Nov. 4, 2014, election.
Watch Charlie Crist announcing his 2014 Florida Gubernatorial campaign below: