Charlie Crist pledges to make vegetables more affordable

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate draws a contrast to his 'red meat' Republican rival.

No constituency is too minuscule to court, and Charlie Crist Wednesday made a play for the vegan vote — perhaps drawing a contrast to his rival’s more “red meatapproach.

On his way to a press conference on insurance rates in Jacksonville, the Democratic gubernatorial nominee hit the airwaves first, taking part in a call-in show with the city’s public radio news station, WJCT.

Crist is facing an underdog fight against his Republican rival, Gov. Ron DeSantis. One caller bemoaned the state of the vegetable availability around the state. And Crist was immediately sympathetic.

“As a vegan, availability of fresh fruits and vegetables at affordable prices is very important to me,” said one caller, introduced as “Joe at the beaches.” “But sadly, there’s food apartheid and food deserts in several areas in the state, so what’s Charlie Crist’s plan to have affordable fresh fruits and vegetables available around the state?”

Crist did not promise to open supermarkets in the places that lack them, which would answer the food desert problem. But he was enthusiastic that “Joe” is setting a good example.

“Congratulations … for trying to eat healthy, that’s important,” Crist said. “I strive to do the same thing myself.”

He didn’t swear off meat, or meat products, but he said the caller’s sentiments go to the larger question he is focused on: trying to make Florida more affordable.

“We need to make Florida more affordable, whether it’s property insurance … the price of food at the grocery store,” he said.

He was quick to point out the price of gasoline has been going down “80 days in a row.”

Crist also hit on how the state’s housing aid fund has been drained, making Florida more vulnerable as DeSantis’ pursues the presidency. Factors are buffeting Florida, making it one of the most unaffordable places to live, Crist said, noting that his St. Petersburg accommodations were pricier than his Washington pad.

“This is a problem all over the country,” said First Coast Connect radio host Melissa Ross, also pointing out that DeSantis has denied he’s running for President in 2024. “So how much can the federal government help a particular state like Florida?”

Crist replied: “Well, they are probably more inclined to help a Governor who is not beating on the President every day.”

DeSantis has dragged President Joe Biden for a number of issues, such as immigration policy, prescription drug policy, student loan forgiveness and COVID-19 policies, including suggesting that Biden’s chief medical advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci, is “a little elf” who someone needs to grab and chuck him across the Potomac.”

Anne Geggis

Anne Geggis is a South Florida journalist who began her career in Vermont and has worked at the Sun-Sentinel, the Daytona Beach News-Journal and the Gainesville Sun covering government issues, health and education. She was a member of the Sun-Sentinel team that won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the Parkland high school shooting. You can reach her on Twitter @AnneBoca or by emailing [email protected].


  • Tom

    September 7, 2022 at 12:40 pm

    LMAo, complete chameleon prostitute.
    Everyone toss a tomato at this fool!
    What a joke. You can’t make this stuff up.
    His Lt Gov has a face of a enchilada.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 7, 2022 at 1:02 pm

      Vote for me. I’ll put idiots like this guy in jail.👆 Give idiots like this guy a big smack.

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  • Impeach Biden

    September 7, 2022 at 12:55 pm

    Wow Vegetables like the Corsin, Offen, Crist cast of characters and their alias about to become cheaper.😜

    • Charlie Crist

      September 7, 2022 at 1:03 pm

      👆 Vote for me. I’ll throw cartoon characters like this clown under the bus. Give him a good smack in the mouth.💋

      • Tom

        September 7, 2022 at 1:18 pm

        Corsin you couldn’t smack or throw your momma across your lap!
        You are a pud! You are under surveillance. Enjoy, watch your door knock.

        • Charlie Crist

          September 7, 2022 at 1:23 pm

          👆Vote for me. I’ll bury lying SOB’s like this moron in a dung heap. Give him a knot on his numb skull…

          • Tom

            September 7, 2022 at 2:08 pm

            Come try.

          • Charlie Crist

            September 7, 2022 at 3:10 pm

            👆Vote for me. I’ll put anti-government terrorists like this guy under surveillance. ( news flash… because the country is so far right nowadays.. everyone is under surveillance. Thanks azzhole!!!)

  • Paul Passarelli

    September 7, 2022 at 1:09 pm

    Really? Wow! That’s incredible. I’m dying to know what techniques or magic he plans to use to accomplish that bit of price fixing.

    There are # ways to achieve that goal.
    1) Fix Prices — Veggies will be cheap, and either inferior or scarce.
    2) Subsidize Farmers — that will require TAX INCREASES to pay for.
    3) Three??? 3??? I’m trying to think of a 3rd.

    That’s the real problem with Democrat propaganda. It sounds noble, but it’s utterly impractical, if not impossible to achieve without serious consequences.

    AH-HA — Number three just came to me — But it’ll be up to Wilton Simpson to implement as the next Agriculture Commissioner.
    He can eliminate the needless government red tape that farmers have to comply with. That will help the producers to cut costs. Probably not that much, but some. I cannot say for certain as I’m not a Florida Farmer, but I’m certain it’s not zero otherwise the position & department wouldn’t be as prominent as it is.

    Of course the #3 I’m suggesting is pure anathema to Democrats whose mantra if *MORE GOVERNMENT REGULATION* regardless of the real costs. So it that sense the Dems won’t acknowledge my #3 even exists as a possibility.

    • Elliott Offen

      September 7, 2022 at 1:26 pm

      Need to tax Pizza… Pizzarelli. Lost Yankee who couldn’t cut it up North because of social irresponsibility. Now down here grifting off stupid people. Carpet bagger basically..

      • Paul Passarelli

        September 7, 2022 at 1:39 pm

        Lost? Me? Not at all. Still Proud of my Connecticut Yankee upbringing. It was the State of CT that lost its way, not me.

        Now I’m proud to be a Floridian, I love the Sunshine State. It’s people like you that I despise. Hey, why don’t you mode to a nice Deep Blue state? They love your flavor of shit there, which is why I left and didn’t even look back.

        I mean really, twisting my name. Really? Is that the best you can do? Talk about pathetic losers, Elliot, if that’s really your name.

        • Charlie Crist

          September 7, 2022 at 3:08 pm

          👆Vote for me. I’ll put this neo nazi pizza in the oven…

          • just sayin

            September 8, 2022 at 8:35 am

            I was fine with all the fascist “vote for me and I’ll arrest this guy” comments, but do you really think jokes about sending people to ovens is in good taste?

  • Richard Bruce

    September 7, 2022 at 1:23 pm

    Another reason not to vote for Crist. Pres. Biden is going to cure cancer. Best Crist can go is make carrots cheaper.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 7, 2022 at 1:28 pm

      Vote for me. I’ll put the far right at the bottom of the ocean. Yeah gonna need at Fat Cammack life preserver to survive.

  • martin

    September 7, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Make vegetables more affordable: yeah, he will ask biden to visit often,hahahahah

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