Anna Eskamani endorses Charlie Crist for Governor
Charlie Crist, Anna Eskamani.

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With a heavy reach of social media and a progressive following, the support could loom large in a Democratic Primary.

State Rep. Anna Eskamani endorsed U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist’s bid for Governor.

“At Team Anna, we’re ‘working for you, and fighting for us’ — and that’s exactly who Charlie Crist is and what he does,” the Orlando Democrat said.

“When he was Governor of Florida, he pushed back against the Republican-dominated Legislature by championing the needs of everyday people. He’s fought for consumer rights and has taken on some of the most influential corporations in the state, like investor-owned utilities and insurance companies. He even vetoed bad education bills, and an anti-abortion bill, while at the same time, expanded the right to vote and access to the polls.”

Eskamani, a progressive leader whose background includes serving as senior director for Planned Parenthood of Southwest and Central Florida, was considered at points to be a prospective candidate for Governor or for Congress. She ultimately chose this cycle to run for re-election in House District 42.

A heavy social media user with more than 76,000 followers on Twitter, her support could prove especially valuable in energizing young voters in a Democratic Primary. One of the most prominent women in Florida politics, she endorsed Crist over Primary competitors Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried and state Sen. Annette Taddeo.

“I trust Charlie to fight for our collective rights and to solve problems, like the affordable housing crisis and climate change,” Eskamani said. “I trust Charlie to champion the needs of our most vulnerable community members, and to work with the best people to get it done. I did not make this decision lightly — but as Democrats we need to unite and stay focused on victory in November. Charlie is the best candidate right now to bring us together and to help build a more prosperous Florida for all.”

Crist embraced the support.

“Representative Anna Eskamani is a true fighter and community leader, and I am proud to earn her support in our campaign’s mission to restore justice and compassion to Florida,” Crist said.

“I’m running for Governor because I love Florida too much to watch as this Governor mounts culture war after culture war to hurt and divide us. Together, our grassroots movement will defeat Ron DeSantis and bring the sunshine back to the Sunshine State.”

The backing comes on the heels of Crist landing the support of the Florida Education Association and other teachers’ unions.

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]


13 comments

  • Impeach Biden

    June 2, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Wow, liberal wacko Eskamani goes with “blowing in the wind” Crist instead of Fried. Fried is done and Crist stands no chance against DeSantis.

    • Tom

      June 4, 2022 at 7:12 pm

      Eskimo needs to work on self. Consult on bad nose. Really needs coaching on maturity and verbiage. Basically, It would be better if she would be quiet.
      Crisp is a chameleon flip flopper. Loser!

  • Wanda

    June 2, 2022 at 3:14 pm

    No one is going to vote for DeathDesantis he went after Mickey now if he won we will be paying higher taxes Chris will get my vote this time and every woman and gay that lives in Florida,teachers will vote for Chris all the teachers are voting Chris that’s a fact he tried to get us kill from Covid saying not to wear a mask .and killing my brother and sister in law and niece for them going on his advice not to use a mask he killed a lot of people in Florida vote blue it’s the only thing to do kick Ron’s lying ass out on his head

    • Impeach Biden

      June 2, 2022 at 10:16 pm

      Wanda, if you are looking for a candidate by the name of Chris running for Governor then you are out of luck. I hope you aren’t a teacher in the state of Florida especially if you think this silly mask is saving lives. I bet you are that person wearing the mask outside or in your convertible with the top down. DeSantis will be re-elected. That’s good news for Florida.

  • Tom

    June 4, 2022 at 7:05 pm

    Wanda is the fish called one.
    Wanda if you have had losses, regrets.
    Gov Ron saved lives. Lowest unemployment, Schools open, kids and parents happy living with school and working. Florida people’s prospering. America’s Gov the best! Wins big.

    • Biden Won

      June 7, 2022 at 9:15 am

      Your comment made me laugh. So much false statements in your comment Tom.

      • Tom

        June 7, 2022 at 7:51 pm

        Facts are funny things.
        They make you take count.
        None false, all truths.
        America’s Gov the best!
        Do for America what you’ve accomplished for Florida.
        Your moniker is obviously misleading.

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  • Raphael

    June 7, 2022 at 7:22 pm

    My husband and I are LGBTQ+ voters in Orange County. Anna Eskamani is our representative and we have supported her previously.
    This endorsement of Crist, a conservative Republican Governor with a history of enacting policies that marginalized people of color, not to mention Crist’s support of a gay marriage ban that is still enshrined in our constitution today, quite frankly makes me sick. The only true progressive left in this race is Nikki Fried and that is who my husband and I are voting for in the primary.
    Should Crist prevail, we will do what we did in 2014 when Crist lost to corrupt Rick Scott. We will vote third party or possibly, yes, even stay home but one thing is certain, I could never support someone like Charlie Crist for political office.

    • Tom

      June 7, 2022 at 7:47 pm

      DeSantis wins! No problem.
      Eskimo is a loser like fraud, like chameleon.

  • Maria

    June 7, 2022 at 7:28 pm

    Anna deeply damages her credibility as a progressive leader with her endorsement of “Chain Gang” Charlie Crist.
    Charlie Crist, simply put, is a disingenuous, political opportunist who will sway with whichever the way the wind blows to get elected, D or R.
    Not to mention, why would Anna rejecting a qualified, competent woman, some with an actual record of progressive policy to lead the party’s ticket in November? There is no excuse for this, Anna.
    Deeply disappointed in you and it makes me question my support.

    • Tom

      June 7, 2022 at 9:26 pm

      Memo Maria!
      She has none, she’s worse than fraud.
      Eskimo, bad nose. A Teeny bopper

  • Steve Wickersham

    June 8, 2022 at 3:42 pm

    I am very sorry to see that Anna is endorsing Charlie Crist, Charlie the Changeling, who to me is the epitome of the sleazy do anything to get elected politician. Charlie was a lousy Governor the first time around and who wants him back. I would like to remind voters that as a Republican it was Charlie Crist who signed into law that awful Red Light Camera Law that was completely illegal and nothing but a criminal scam to steal money, millions from drivers. Me among them. At least a few of the executives of one of the companies involved in the Red Light Camera Scam went to jail, and the other company located in Arizona should have too, and shared a cell with Charlie Crist. . After I went to one of his Kangaroo Courts and was confronted with three city lawyers and a judge that did did not even know that the times on the yellow lights had been tampered with and what the statute timing on yellow lights was. I ended up being fined hundreds of dollars for simply daring to plead not guilty and refusing to just pay the ticket up front for which I was not guilty. After my license was suspended because of that Red Light Camera ticket, although I have a CDL and had driven commercially costing me my livelihood and $500 of my hard-earned money forcing me to buy my way out of the phony ticket in order to be able to work, after a period of two years when I could not even drive because of that state sanctioned con game. Charlie is a crook and it pains me to see Anna who is a true representative of the people aligned with his campaign. I realize that he will be running against the worst Governor in Florida history, Ron De Satan, and probably the worst Governor ever in the United States (he still has time to live up to that title) but Anna should not align herself with Changeling Charlie just because there is no one available who has a realistic chance of getting rid of De Santis.
    I am a big time supporter of Anna Eskamani and have helped with her campaign and believe she would have been the correct choice to run for Governor. Though she had not chosen to do so I support her reelection for District 42 as she is the only politician who actually does anything for the people in her district, as she has personally done for me. Charlie is a crook, and I believe Anna should not besmirch her excellent record of service to her constituents by aligning herself with a guy that’s nearly as big a crook as the guy he will be running against in November (you notice I said NEARLY).
    Please don’t vote for Charlie the Changeling. You will regret it.

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