Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) announced Tuesday he will run for Florida Governor, leaving behind his House seat and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) to defend her shrinking majority, while giving more momentum for Republicans to regain the House.
Crist, who was previously Governor of Florida, is running to get his old job back as he leaves his vulnerable House seat behind. This will be the third time Crist runs for governor of Florida. During his tenure as governor, Crist switched from Republican to Democrat.
The Democrat will be joining a likely crowded field as more vulnerable Democrat House members in Florida look to leave their seats in hope for the governorship as well.
This will be Crist’s sixth attempt at a bid for statewide office in Florida and his second attempt as a Democrat for governor.
In his announcement, Crist said, “Florida should be a place where hard work is rewarded, justice is