Debbie Wasserman Schultz latest backer of Charlie Crist’s bid for Governor
Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Charlie Crist among 11 lawmakers touring a migrant detention center in Homestead in 2019.

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The congresswoman now serves as the Democratic dean of the Florida congressional delegation.

U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Wednesday endorsed congressional colleague Charlie Crist’s campaign for Governor.

“I’ve known Charlie for more than 25 years and since our time in the state Legislature, I’ve known him to be a principled leader (who is) willing to make the tough decisions and always puts what’s best for the people of Florida over politics,” the Weston Democrat said.

Wasserman Schultz served in the Florida House during the same time Crist served in the Florida Senate, notably when he was a registered Republican. She later served in the state Senate as Crist was elected as Education Commissioner and later Attorney General.

The Democratic leader won election to Congress in 2004 and held office there since. She’s now the longest serving Democrat on Florida’s congressional delegation and serves as the Democratic co-Chair of the delegation.

Crist served as Governor as a Republican from 2007 to 2011. He left the party before the end of his term, and won election to Congress as a Democrat in 2016.

“As my colleague in Congress, we’ve worked closely together to protect reproductive freedom, lower prescription drug costs, fund hundreds of millions in Everglades restoration, and pass commonsense gun safety legislation through the House,” Wasserman Schultz said. “Faced with the possibility of another four years under Gov. (Ron) DeSantis’ divisive, mean-spirited rule, Charlie is clearly the leader this moment calls for to unite Floridians and defeat Ron DeSantis.”

The support could prove vital for Crist as an Aug. 23 Democratic Primary against Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried draws near. Wasserman Schultz served from 2011 to 2016 as Chair of the Democratic National Committee.

Crist embraced the endorsement from his Democratic colleague.

“Debbie is a tireless, forceful, effective advocate for the beautiful state we both cherish,” he said. “Her support means the world to me, and the stakes could not be higher this November — with voting rights, reproductive freedom, LGBTQ+ rights and more hanging in the balance. With her leadership, we will bring powerful change to Tallahassee and build a Florida that works for all Floridians.”

The support comes following a third consecutive month where Crist raised more than $1 million, and days after state Sen. Annette Taddeo dropped out of the race to run for Congress. Crist this week also landed support from progressive state Rep. Anna Eskamani, an Orlando Democrat, and from both the Florida Education Association and the Sierra Club.

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

  • East Coast Leftist

    June 8, 2022 at 11:44 am

    The first political campaign that I ever did serious volunteer work/campaigning for was Jim Davis running against Crist for governor. Obviously “vote blue no matter who” is just a way to get people to try and stomach very conservative candidates (see also: The White House), but Crist won’t get my vote this time, either.

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  • Earl Pitts American

    June 8, 2022 at 12:08 pm

    Turn out the lights the partys over, Elvis has left the building, sayonara, farewell, adieu, adios, au revoir, ciao Debbie BlabberMouth Schultz has just given Charlie Crist the dreaded “Political Kiss of Death”.
    Thank You,
    Earl Pitts American

  • Toejam is a funklord

    June 9, 2022 at 2:26 am

    Earl, fast to the punch again!

    My backup comment is: Of course she did.
    Let’s look at those joint accomplishments, too:
    Protect reproductive freedom – Nope, when SCOTUS overrules Roe, feds will have nothing to do with it.
    Lower prescription drug costs – AHAHAHAHAHA.
    Fund hundreds of millions in Everglades restoration – Yet they won’t put the water back so pumping money does nothing except fund campaigns with kickbacks from consultants.
    Pass commonsense gun safety legislation through the House – Which will do nothing except give politicians a way to say they did something while urban crime goes off the charts in blue cities.

  • Nancy McIntosh

    June 9, 2022 at 10:52 am

    I am very disappointed to learn of this endorsement. Charlie Christ blows whatever way the wind blows.

  • Impeach Biden

    June 9, 2022 at 4:48 pm

    To the people of District #23. STOP! STOP re-electing this woman. Not a peep about fuel prices from her. Nothing about the border crisis. Nothing at all about inflationary pressures on all other consumer goods. She really needs to get a real job and see what it is like to live in the private sector.

  • It's Complicated

    June 10, 2022 at 2:03 pm

    Wait… is getting her endorsement a good thing?!

  • martin

    June 10, 2022 at 5:25 pm

    says the lady who has a bad hair day, 24/7, 365.
    she just gave charlie the kiss of death. Gov. Ron in a landslide!

  • YYep

    June 10, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I have a question if Americans are the number one in natural gas and oil why are the prices gone sky high.and what are they actually paying for top?

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