Equality Florida endorses, raises resources to elect Charlie Crist
TALLAHASSEE, FLA. 4/20/22-U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., center, is joined by Reps. Dianne Hart, D-Tampa, left, and Michele K. Rayner, D-St. Petersburg, during a news conference, Wednesday at the Capitol in Tallahassee. COLIN HACKLEY PHOTO

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The LGBTQ group plans to raise at least $100,000 for the Democrat,

Florida’s largest LGBTQ advocacy group wants Charlie Crist back in the Governor’s Mansion.

The political arm for Equality Florida endorsed the Democratic nominee. The group also made clear that culture wars waged by Gov. Ron DeSantis will be met with resistance and resources.

“The LGBTQ community is all-in for Charlie Crist,” said Stratton Pollitzer, Equality Florida Action PAC Chair. “Charlie Crist’s resounding Primary victory has given him tremendous momentum with polls much closer than many people realize.”

Crist won the Democratic nomination on Aug. 23. Since then, a Democratic Governors Association-commissioned poll by Impact Research showed DeSantis up by 5 percentage points.

The Equality Florida endorsement won’t just be a name on a list. The group plans a $100,000 fundraiser for Crist on Oct. 3 and already raised $70,000 toward the cause.

“We are going to do all we can to stop Ron DeSantis’ extremist policies,” Pollitzer said. “Pro-equality Floridians are energized to elect Charlie Crist and end DeSantis’ all-out war on public education, his government-mandated intrusion into our medical decisions, and his efforts to whitewash history. Charlie Crist is a proven champion of LGBTQ equality and exactly the person we need right now to make our state a place where everyone is treated with fairness and respect — at school, at their doctor’s office, at work and in their community.”

The group has been at odds with DeSantis over a number of bills signed into law by the Governor, most notably a parental rights law labeled as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill by the advocacy group. The group joined a lawsuit challenging the legislation, which in part prohibits instruction about sexual orientation or gender identity with grade school students through third grade and requires such topics be presented in developmentally appropriate ways at all grade levels.

In the release announcing its endorsement, the group described the law as “bigoted” with a “chilling effect” on education.

“I’m honored to have earned the support of Equality Florida in our campaign’s fight against Ron DeSantis,” Crist said. “Make no mistake, our LGBTQ+ community and its allies are under attack by this Governor. That ends this November. The people deserve a champion back in Tallahassee. Someone who will listen to them, respect them, and fight for them — I vow to be that Governor.”

The group also praised Crist’s selection of Karla Hernández, president of the United Teachers of Dade, as his running mate. The choice of a former Teacher of the Year showed a commitment to public education at a time when multiple anti-LGBTQ laws are taking effect, the organization said.

The group also noted Crist’s voting record as a Democratic member of Congress, including his recent vote for the Respect for Marriage Act and advocacy for greater distribution of vaccines for Monkeypox, which has disproportionately impacted the LGBTQ population.

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]


4 comments

  • Charlie Crist

    September 1, 2022 at 10:17 am

    Elect me. Together we will annihilate the fascist hordes and the greasy GOP grifters.

  • Hope

    September 1, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Nope. Charlie only reminds voters even more of Hillary and Hunter’s treasonous acts. The Brandon Administration so desperate they are weaponizing our Federal law enforcement and justice departments. Treason is taken seriously and no amount of buying votes under the guise of student loan forgiveness will hide their treasonous acts. Better look up the penalties for treason because it isn’t pretty.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 1, 2022 at 1:50 pm

      Hillary and Hunter’s business dealings don’t amount to a hill of beans in comparison to TRUMP CRIME SPREE!!! And all of you are co-conspirators for trying to cover it up. You are involved in a criminal movement. You’ll pay a price…

  • PeterH

    September 1, 2022 at 11:32 am

    If Americans want women to control their own bodies, qualified teachers to replace DeSantis’s culture wars in classrooms, intelligent teacher-student conversations concerning the social issues facing Americans in the 21st century, non-bullying discussion about classroom students who are different, common sense gun regulations, and a new honest approach on how best to address climate change……AMERICANS MUST VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE. REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

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