Charlie Crist helms Juneteenth panel, makes case against Ron DeSantis

Crist, leading in polls, is eyeing the General Election.

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist helmed a virtual celebration of the Juneteenth holiday Monday.

Crist, the front-runner in the Primary, participated in the call with various supporters. Attendees included House Democratic Leader Fentrice Driskell and others, in which the principles discussed protecting Black history amid current threats to its teaching and contextualization, and how Crist could serve as a corrective against Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Driskell, the Leader-designate for the House Democrats, cited Crist’s “compassion” for people in her remarks.

“There’s a time for campaigning, but once that election is over you need to govern,” Driskell said.

Driskell talked at some length about how Gov. DeSantis and the “Stop WOKE Act” presented a “complete 180” from where America was in the wake of the George Floyd murder.

“This Governor must be stopped,” Driskell said.

Crist would “move this state in the direction that it needs to go, which is back not forward,” she said.

“I see what he does to women, to Blacks, to seniors,” said Crist, who seemed to be dealing with a cold, when talking about DeSantis. “He talks about freedom? He doesn’t know what freedom is.”

Crist again suggested DeSantis is looking to be President in 2024.

“He’s forgotten 2022. And he’s forgotten you,” Crist said, who framed the campaign as a fight between “good” and “evil.”

Crist, a St. Petersburg Democrat who was a Republican while serving as Florida’s 44th Governor from 2007 to 2011, faces one major opponent in the Primary Election: Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried.

Fresh polling shows Crist a two-to-one favorite over Fried among those candidates who have made their minds up already. Among Black voters, the difference is even greater: Crist is over 50%, with triple the vote share Fried has. Black elected officials have backed Crist with very few exceptions, meanwhile, a trend that began early in the 2022 cycle.

“I have all the respect in the world for her,” Crist said diplomatically of Fried, before saying it was necessary to “unite” for the General Election, and then departing the Zoom for a fundraiser commitment.

A.G. Gancarski

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


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  • Ron Ogden

    June 20, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    “. . .protecting Black history amid current threats to its teaching and contextualization. . .” What the H–L are you talking about, AG? “Contextualization”? Good God don’t you know Black on Black crime is killing an entire generation of youth, while you and the rest of your idiot comrades talk about “contextualization”? Blood is flowing in the streets of Chicago and Philly and DC today, right now, the blood of young black men. You want “context”? Ask the mothers as they hold their dead sons in their arms. they’ll give you context, damn it!
    You know, AG, beneath this comment box is this silly little Captcha thing that says “I’m not a robot”. You need that, AG, except the truth is you could never pass. Never, never, never. Context. Damn it.


  • Earl Pitts American

    June 21, 2022 at 8:32 am

    “Charlie Crist Helms Juneteenth Makes Case To Hoodwink Minorities Into Electing Charlie To Make Florida Into Floridafornia”

    Good Morning America,
    The above title correction makes it clear that leftist pandering to minorities is not going to work this time around. Minorities of all races, colors, and sexual preferances know we need to maintain adult control of Florida and reinstate adult control to our Nation.
    There could not be a better political advertisment to cast your vote for adult oversight of our State and Nation than the 100% failure of the “Biden” administration and everything about the State of California.
    Other than that; F. P. has presented a nice well written artical above. Thank you Florida Politics and author A.G.Gancarski. Keep up the good fight of providing information!

    Thank You America,

    Earl Pitts American


  • Mertin

    June 21, 2022 at 1:49 pm

    Nothing like a another made up holiday with an ebonics name.


  • UK6S

    June 22, 2022 at 4:46 pm

    Crist is going to do more damage to DeSantis Presidential aspirations than most think. Crist outright wins in November or forces DeSantis into a 2-3 point win.
    DeSantis and his team have allowed expectations to get way out of hand.


    • Impeach Biden

      June 23, 2022 at 9:54 pm

      Yes you are completely delusional. DeSantis will win. Of course the MSM will attempt to smear him as he is a rising superstar politically. The Dims are talking about the likes of Newsom and Pritzker as their future. Bring it. Gonna be hilarious how those two defend their policies in their respective states.


  • You're delusional

    June 23, 2022 at 9:45 am

    Correction, Crist would do more damage to Florida and the only way he’s going to win in November is if the election gets stolen like Biden did!


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