‘Tested by crisis’: Al Lawson backs Charlie Crist for Governor
Al Lawson. Image via Joe Biden campaign.

Crist is stacking North Florida endorsements.

A North Florida icon offered the latest major endorsement for U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist‘s campaign for Governor.

U.S. Rep. Al Lawson is the latest politician from the northern part of the state to endorse the Democratic Congressman seeking a return to the Governor’s Mansion. Lawson has represented Florida’s 5th Congressional District since 2017.

“The people of North Florida deserve a Governor who will listen to them, empower them, and fight for them — I have no doubt that Governor is Charlie Crist,” Lawson asserted in a statement provided by Crist’s campaign.

“Charlie is a dedicated public servant with a proven track record, tested by crisis. Through his years in service, he’s demonstrated that he cares about all Floridians and will fight tooth and nail for his people. He has the experience and ability to lead us towards a better tomorrow as Florida’s next Governor,” Lawson added.

“As Governor, Charlie will listen to us. He will seek our advice and visit our communities, not ignore us. He’ll do as he does now, follow the Golden Rule and treat everyone with respect and dignity. I’ve known Charlie for years. I’ve watched him stand up to the powerful and do what’s right in Washington and in Florida. I know what’s in his heart, and I trust him to look out for all Floridians, not just some. He has my full support and endorsement for Governor,” Lawson asserted.

Crist offered his own statement.

“I’m honored and thankful to receive the endorsement of my friend and colleague Congressman Lawson. There’s a long road ahead of us, but with the support and encouragement of Floridians from the Panhandle to the Keys, we are well on our way to taking back the Governor’s Mansion and putting the people back in power. This campaign is for all Floridians, not just for some. Let’s build a Florida for All, together.”

Lawson’s endorsement continues a trend of prominent Black leaders from North Florida choosing Crist over Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in first wave endorsements. Former Senate Democratic leader Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville and Jacksonville City Council member Reggie Gaffney (who is currently seeking to succeed Gibson in the Senate) have both endorsed Crist for Governor.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Tom Palmer

    July 22, 2021 at 6:07 pm

    I didn’t see any information on what crisis tested Crist, despite what the headline says.

  • zhombre

    July 22, 2021 at 6:44 pm

    So? Lawson’s a Democrat and, given his tenure in politics, he’s smart enough not back a sure loser like Nikki Fried. Nor am I sure either what crisis “tested” Charlie Crist. Except possibly one of his own making when he abandoned governorship of Florida to run for the Senate and got his ass handed to him.

    • Matthew Lusk

      July 23, 2021 at 1:00 pm

      Being a Washington tool, he was also quick to endorse the senile, mega corrupt, creepy pervert, Joseph Biden.

  • Ocean Joe

    July 22, 2021 at 7:21 pm

    Not having that fan during the debate with Scott was a bit of a crisis and he weathered it admirably.
    Call him what you will, he’s the closest thing to a moderate in the race. We could use a full time governor again.

  • Ron Ogden

    July 23, 2021 at 7:51 am

    “. . .tested by crisis. ”
    If ever there was a phrase more emblematic of consultant-speak and political flackery, the kind of thing that so undermines the faith of the people in our politics, I do not know what it is.

  • Matthew Lusk

    July 23, 2021 at 12:57 pm

    The north fl “icon” has one of the worst Marxist voting records in Congress. Calls white people “crackers.” And has sponsored a bill to make the ATHIEST Charles Darwin a national holiday. Does he believe blacks are descendants of apes? Does he believe your mama descended from an ape? Claims to be a son of a share cropper, but about all he did note worthy was play basketball and get on to the government gravy train. ICON, really? CON would be more apropos.

  • Tom

    July 23, 2021 at 8:12 pm

    What a crock of manure this is.
    Only the likes of Palmer would cut it.
    Palmer Crist is a phony.
    It’s a blow to Nikki Fraud though.
    Wassermann Schultz will have to throw her support behind the Fraud now. To one up Lawson. Just saying.

  • Edward Lyle

    July 24, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    Lawson, like Chuck… has done absolutely nothing for the District he professes to represent. Although he did send out a mailer claiming credit for President Trump’s policies that helped the Black Community.

    Like I always say; no matter how you arrange the letters D E M O C R A T… it will always spell LIAR and HYPOCRITE

    • Michael Hoffmann

      July 29, 2021 at 10:33 pm

      I suppose John Rutherford is your beau ideal? No one has given us an account of how the former Duval sheriff comported himself on Jan. 6, but we know that he cannot get enough of DJT and firearms.

      Given the choice, I vote for someone who opposes firearms proliferation and supports the rule of law, including Presidential succession. That would be Lawson, not JR..

      I have written JR a number of times about the illegal firearms trafficking going on between the US and Mexico/Central America. No response whatsoever from the Congress member, yet Mexican police say over the last five years about 2/3 of firearms confiscated from criminals come from the US.

      These firearms go to the Mexican drug cartels that supply the US drug trade and to the gangs that terrorize average citizens in Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. (This is why many migrants try to escape their homelands.)

      So, how do you spell Republican: violent and seditious.

  • Tom

    July 25, 2021 at 9:33 pm

    How long do we keep this Disinformation garbage live on F. p. web. Geez

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