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Charlie Crist is eyeing a run for governor again. Florida Democrats might not care

Posted On: Apr 14, 2021   |   Posted By: Politico

Charlie Crist is eyeing a run for governor again. Florida Democrats might not care

TALLAHASSEE - Rep. Charlie Crist switched parties almost a decade ago - but the party has moved on.
As the former Republican prepares a potential bid to unseat Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, the 64-year-old Crist must somehow convince skeptical Democrats that he can energize the diverse coalition that now makes up the party.
“I don't think he excites the part of the base that we need to propel a statewide campaign,” said Thomas Kennedy, a newly-elected member of the Democratic National Committee from Florida. “I don't think a former Republican governor - who has lost statewide before and, quite frankly, hasn't been at the forefront of the battles that have roiled this county in the last four years - is going to be able to take on what's going to be a really tough race against Ron DeSantis.”
Crist, a two-term congressman who served as the state's governor more than a decade ago, hasn't officially jumped into the race. But he's reached out to political consultants, major donors such as famed attorney John Morgan,...

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