Charlie Crist gives $100K to Florida Democrats’ Blue Shift effort
Charlie Crist with Florida Democratic Party chair Manny Diaz.

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He's the first gubernatorial candidate this cycle to support the voter mobilization effort.

U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist contributed $100,000 to the Florida Democratic Party’s Blue Shift program to encourage Democratic voter turnout. That makes the St. Petersburg Democrat the first candidate for Governor this election cycle to back the grassroots organization initiative.

“I’m proud to be a part of the most coordinated voter mobilization effort in Florida history,” he said. “As Democrats, we will work together to win, so we can build a Florida all Floridians are proud to call home.”

The Blue Shift program aims to register and mobilize more Democrats to vote in the Midterm Election, where Crist is seeking the nomination to challenge Gov. Ron DeSantis. Launched last week, the effort marks the earliest point in an election cycle when Florida Democrats formally launched a registration, mobilization and persuasion voter outreach effort.

Crist noted his own campaign has five outreach coalitions — Women for Crist, Seniors for Crist, Unidos con Crist, Faith Leaders for Crist and Students for Crist — already at work to turn out critical Democratic demographics both in the Democratic Primary in August and the upcoming General Election.

He has recently hammered a leaked Supreme Court opinion signaling the end of Roe v. Wade. In the wake of that news, Crist has attended nine pro-choice rallies. That’s a sign Democrats see an opportunity to mobilize female voters in the Midterms if abortion rights are abridged by the Supreme Court.

Crist faces Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo in the Democratic Primary, which will be decided on Aug. 23.

He has led the fundraising race among Democrats, raising more than $1 million for two consecutive months. But DeSantis’ operation has largely eclipsed efforts on the left, with the incumbent pulling in more than $10 million in April alone.

With President Joe Biden suffering in public approval polling, many analysts expect a difficult cycle for Democrats. But Crist expressed confidence Democratic voters will organize to unseat DeSantis.

“Florida is ready to cast aside DeSantis’ divisive politics and unify, getting boots on the ground early and in a big way to connect with Floridians from every corner of the state,” Crist said.

Jacob Ogles

Jacob Ogles has covered politics in Florida since 2000 for regional outlets including SRQ Magazine in Sarasota, The News-Press in Fort Myers and The Daily Commercial in Leesburg. His work has appeared nationally in The Advocate, Wired and other publications. Events like SRQ’s Where The Votes Are workshops made Ogles one of Southwest Florida’s most respected political analysts, and outlets like WWSB ABC 7 and WSRQ Sarasota have featured his insights. He can be reached at [email protected]


9 comments

  • Tom

    May 17, 2022 at 12:05 pm

    Chameleon crisp will have to dump $1million up front, and Diaz, they will have to raise $5 million.
    Dems have suffered a 500,000 flip loss. Repub. have a 150,000 lead and growing. Chameleon is a loser. Fraud is a huckster. No chance.
    See ya!

    • The story

      May 17, 2022 at 12:53 pm

      Tell Ron’s wife cancer misses her lol

      • Loser Libs

        May 18, 2022 at 1:37 pm

        Way to stay classy, moron.

      • Jason

        May 18, 2022 at 1:59 pm

        Typical Liberal comment. You obviously have never been affected by cancer. I pray that you never have to deal with this illness. You and your comments are straight ugly.

  • Wanda

    May 17, 2022 at 1:15 pm

    DeathDesantis need to go he is a want to be dictator Charlie has my vote in 2022 and most of Florida will be voting for Charlie Ron is trying to get rid of our jobs in Florida messing with Mickey Mouse trying to get them to leave Florida and losing 700 jobs and making us pay higher taxes DeathDesantis is a moron

    • Tom

      May 17, 2022 at 4:14 pm

      Hardly, America’s Gov is number one in the country! Florida’s 3.2% unemployment wipes out your stupidity. Lots of Adam Schiff on a stick coming from Wanda, fake moniker/the story. How do you find harassing joy on cancer, sick mind. Chameleon crisp no chance.
      America’s Gov # 1.

    • Uneducated Libs

      May 18, 2022 at 1:38 pm

      Wanda is a product of America’s public education system. Logical thought, punctuation, and grammar are not her strong suits.

  • Tom

    May 17, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Two crocks of crap Manchurians. Adam Schiff on a stick. You morons got nothing.
    Chameleon is a flip flopper fish on a hook.
    Everyone knows he’s a loser. America’s Gov is number one, Florida is the beacon of freedom and liberty thanks to Gov Ron.
    LMAO, Disney going no where. They ain’t spending $5 to $10 billion to move. They can’t replace 340 days of 85 degree weather, Please.
    How stupid are you Wanda? Florida’s a top economy. 3.2% unemployment. 8.7% wage growth, manufacturing growth. America’s Gov the best!

  • Nancy

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