Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam joins more than 90 endorsing Charlie Crist for Governor

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'Charlie knows the job and will be ready to get to work for us on day one.'

Miramar Mayor Wayne Messam is backing U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist to unseat Gov. Ron DeSantis next year.

“The people of Florida need a unifier at the helm of our state, someone with the ability to unite folks from all walks of life and pave a path forward that empowers and uplifts Floridians, not tears them down — that person is Charlie Crist,” Messam said in a statement Tuesday. “Whether it’s voting restoration, Everglades preservation, or standing alongside our public school kids and teachers — Charlie knows the job and will be ready to get to work for us on day one.”

Messam joins more than 90 others from across Florida to favor Crist in the race, including U.S. Reps. Kathy Castor of Tampa and Al Lawson of Tallahassee; state Sen. Audrey Gibson of Jacksonville; former state Rep. Sean Shaw of Tampa; Broward County Mayor Steve Geller; and state Reps. Christopher Benjamin of Miami Gardens, Ben Diamond of St. Petersburg, Travaris McCurdy of Orlando, Joe Geller of Aventura. Michael Gottlieb of Davie, Michael Grieco of Miami Beach, Susan Valdes of Tampa, Yvonne Hayes of Gainesville, Tracie Davis of Jacksonville, Felicia Robinson of Miami Gardens and Diane Hart of Tampa.

Pinellas County Commissioner Rene Flowers, Tampa City Council member Luis Viera and Alcee Hastings II, the son of late U.S. Rep. Alcee Hastings of Delray Beach have also given the former Governor a thumbs-up.

Last week, nearly two dozen Broward County elected officials endorsed Crist. And on Monday, Chris King, a former candidate for Lieutenant Governor, also announced his support, pointing to the former Governor’s experience and potential to be “transformational.”

Crist said he was “humbled and thankful” to gain Messam’s endorsement and highlighted his desire to “restore honor and civility” to politics in Florida.

“Mayor Messam, like many others, knows exactly what’s on the line for Florida next year: support for our teachers and frontline workers, environmental protection, voting rights, women’s rights, Medicaid expansion, and more,” he said in a statement. “The time is now to roll up our sleeves and get to work to create a better tomorrow for all Floridians, and I’m proud to have Messam on our side.”

Crist, a former state Attorney General and Education Commissioner, successfully ran as a Republican in 2006 to win election as Governor. He ran again in 2014 but lost. He’s also run unsuccessful campaigns for U.S. Senate.

His grassroots campaign to again become the state’s top executive has raised $2.8 million from nearly 14,100 donors. Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who Crist faces in the Democratic Primary, has raised about the same.

Meanwhile, DeSantis reportedly raised Crist and Fried’s combined amounts last month alone.

Jesse Scheckner

Jesse Scheckner has covered South Florida with a focus on Miami-Dade County since 2012. His work has been recognized by the Hearst Foundation, Society of Professional Journalists, Florida Society of News Editors, Florida MMA Awards and Miami New Times. Email him at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner.


4 comments

  • Ron Ogden

    October 12, 2021 at 4:29 pm

    From the Tampa Bay Times in 2010, Adam Smith quoting Jim Towey:
    “He can change his image, but he can’t change the facts. What I see Charlie Crist doing today is the same thing I saw him doing 20 years ago. He’s a master at media manipulation.”
    https://www.tampabay.com/news/politics/stateroundup/knowing-charlie-crist-the-complicated-story-of-a-lifelong-politician/2191892/

    A master manipulator. Always has been, and the Demis far and wide suck it right up like its manna from God and Charlie is God.

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  • Impeach Biden

    October 13, 2021 at 2:15 am

    Broward County is simply lost. A little slice of California and New York. Those people that fled high taxes and government overreach move to Florida to escape it yet vote the same way. Down the road they will bitch about what Florida has become.

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  • Harold Finch

    October 13, 2021 at 8:14 am

    Crist and Fried need to combine their campaigns. Crist-Governor and Fried-Lt. Governor. Even though a Republican, I will vote for anybody but the dictator and Truimp minime DeSantis!!

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    • Evan Miller

      October 13, 2021 at 8:50 am

      Crist sucked as a governor before, and he will again. Fried can’t even keep her finances straight.

      Reply

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