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Politics Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist announces another bid for Florida governor

17:25  04 may  2021
17:25  04 may  2021 Source:   cnn.com

Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor

  Democrats cool on Crist's latest bid for Florida governor ORLANDO, Fla. - Rep. Charlie Crist's (D) nascent campaign for Florida governor is receiving a tepid reception from some Democrats.As he embarks on his third bid for the governor's mansion, Crist has found himself running in the shadow of other prominent Florida Democrats who are weighing campaigns of their own. Many Democrats in the state are expressing enthusiasm for Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.) and Florida Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, both of whom are making clear overtures in the race to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist is launching a campaign to get his old job as Florida governor back.

Charlie Crist wearing a suit and tie: Representative Charlie Crist (D) of Florida speaking at the Restoring Our Democracy program at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC on April 17, 2018 (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images) © Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA/AP Representative Charlie Crist (D) of Florida speaking at the Restoring Our Democracy program at the Bipartisan Policy Center in Washington, DC on April 17, 2018 (Photo by Michael Brochstein/Sipa USA)(Sipa via AP Images)

Crist announced Tuesday that he will be entering the Florida 2022 race for governor, joining a potentially tough and crowded Democratic primary in a pivotal swing state.

Republican incumbent Ron DeSantis has not yet formally announced whether he'll be running for a second term as governor.

Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job

  Crist launches bid for Florida governor, seeking to recapture his old job Rep. Charlie Crist (D-Fla.) is running for Florida governor once again.Crist made the announcement on Tuesday shortly before he was set to appear at a formal campaign launch event in St. Petersburg, Fla. It will be his third run for the governor's mansion since 2006 and his seventh bid for statewide office in a political career that has spanned more than three decades."We can build a Florida for all Floridians. We can create a society that values every person. We can break the fever of division and hatred that has afflicted our politics," Crist is expected to say in St. Petersburg.Crist is the first Democrat to formally jump into the race to challenge Florida Gov.

Crist's gubernatorial campaign leaves his seat in Florida's 13th Congressional District open and vulnerable to another Republican pickup at a time when Democrats have a slim majority in the House of Representatives.

In a video announcing his run, Crist attacked DeSantis for his handling of the Covid-19 pandemic in Florida, seizing on the governor's move to set up Covid-19 vaccination clinics in upscale communities. He also accused DeSantis of "stripping away your voting rights" and not believing in gun background checks.

Crist plans to deliver a speech later Tuesday in his hometown of St. Petersburg.

Crist served as governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011 as a Republican before switching parties. Facing a challenge on the right from Marco Rubio, Crist dropped out of the 2010 Republican primary for US Senate and decided to run as an independent. He then switched his party affiliation in 2012 to Democrat, telling CNN that "I didn't leave the Republican Party, the Republican Party left me."

He made an attempt in 2014 to win back the governor's seat, but lost to Republican Rick Scott in a highly competitive race that turned personal at times.

Other Democratic candidates eying entering the gubernatorial race are state Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and Democratic Rep. Val Demings.

Demings on Tuesday teased a likely announcement of a 2022 bid for governor, sharing a video on Twitter highlighting her record with the caption "ready for the moment."

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