Former Colleagues of Charlie Crist Ditch Him Like an Old Bag of Dirt, Endorse DeSantis

Former Charlie Crist Staffers and colleagues released an open letter recently in which they unanimously endorsed DeSantis for governor, favoring him over Crist.

George LeMieux, Crist’s former chief of staff, signed the letter along with 36 Republicans previously associated with Crist. Other notable names included former Lt. Gov. Jeff Kottkamp, former Commissioner of Agriculture Charles Bronson, and former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum. They all argued DeSantis was the better choice for governor.

“Together, we have known Charlie in virtually all phases of his career and public life. We are well-qualified to endorse in the Florida Governor’s race because we have significant experience in public service to the state of Florida,” they wrote. “The choice this November could not be more clear: we unanimously endorse Governor Ron DeSantis for re-election.”

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Crist decided not to run for a second term as a governor in 2010, instead opting to run for Senate as an independent after it was clear he was losing the GOP primary. He was defeated by Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Seeking a new path to power, Crist changed parties in 2012, winning his House seat as a Democrat in 2016.

“Governor DeSantis has delivered for Florida,” the former Crist staffers wrote. “He has led our state with courage and conviction. He has demonstrated his ability to lead us through difficult times. We stand with Governor DeSantis because the stakes are too high. We urge Florida to re-elect Ron DeSantis as our Governor.”

DeSantis War Room tweeted the letter, jokingly blaming the letter on Crist’s performance in his recent debate with DeSantis.

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Floridians responding to the tweet summed up how Crist is likely feeling in the aftermath of the letter.


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