Charlie Crist confident Karla Hernández could serve as Governor if needed
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'She's the right person at the right time for this ticket.'

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Charlie Crist is defending his choice of a politically inexperienced running mate, saying that she’s in fact what the state needs.

Crist was in Jacksonville Wednesday, when he expressed confidence in his choice for a potential Lieutenant Governor. While Karla Hernández brings experience heading the United Teachers of Dade, she lacks any experience in elected politics, in contrast to Crist, who has spent decades in elected office.

But that inexperience doesn’t faze Crist.

“That might be to her advantage,” Crist said when asked if she could take over as Governor if needed.

“I think it’s important that we have somebody who really represents real Floridians. She is a school teacher, a special ed teacher,” Crist said. “She’s dedicated her life to helping children. Isn’t it time that we had a teacher go to Tallahassee? I think that it is, and I know she’ll do a great job.”

Gov. Ron DeSantis’ second-in-command, Lt. Gov. Jeanette Nuñezhad considerable legislative experience when selected four years ago as a running mate. Yet despite Hernandez’s lack of comparable experience and the certainty of GOP control of the Legislature for the next decade, Crist believes Hernandez could be effective despite those potential issues.

“I think she would follow her heart and follow her gut, do exactly what’s right for the people of our state, or I wouldn’t have picked her. I have confidence in her, and that’s why I chose her,’ Crist said.

“She’s worked in public education. She’s helped students. She’s fought for teachers. She’s the right person at the right time for this ticket,” Crist said.

Hernandez is the second straight political newcomer selected as a Democratic candidate for Lieutenant Governor, following up on Andrew Gillum’s choice of Chris King for the role four years ago.

Crist offered these comments after a Wednesday morning press conference in downtown Jacksonville, an event in which he illustrated issues with the property insurance market.

Gov. DeSantis, meanwhile, offered his own criticisms of Hernandez in Miami Wednesday, reiterating his position that she is a “lockdown” enthusiast.

“This running mate,” DeSantis said, “she fought us tooth and nail.”

DeSantis also targeted comments she made in the wake of the passing of Fidel Castro.

“When you’re putting out tweets saying about Castro’s death, he’s just a political leader that people in Cuba are mourning, that’s a disgrace,” DeSantis said.

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


  • Tom

    September 7, 2022 at 2:16 pm

    Oh boy.
    When it’s going on the 10th day, you stepped in the manure pile with both feet!
    Matz is horrendous, complete boob.
    This is a travesty of justice. So many other Dums deserving. Clueless, a child abuser sympathizer, Covid lockdown advocate, who sued and lost! To Ron.
    Good riddance to these two.
    Chameleon moronic decision.
    Thank you.

    • Joe Corsin

      September 7, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      Try making some sense at least once a day. Whoever your teachers were should be fired for neglect.

      • Tom

        September 7, 2022 at 3:05 pm

        Kiss my ass, piece of manure.
        It’s clearly stated.
        Chameleon is a joke. Enchilada face,
        You incest driven foreign moron.
        You are clueless.

        • Joe Corsin

          September 7, 2022 at 3:27 pm

          ^ Someone stick a fork in this uncouth, unwashed Florida redneck. He’s done!!

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  • Brandon

    September 7, 2022 at 3:20 pm

    Karla Marx is a disaster and there is no way out. She is a huge liability and is a gift that keeps on giving.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 7, 2022 at 3:25 pm

      She’s too far right. We need someone willing to burn churches and force employers to pay more or be shut down. This is the only way to save Florida. That and a huge value added tax on things that the rich consume and universal health care.

      • Hope

        September 7, 2022 at 4:14 pm

        One would think you are on the “Terrorist Watch” list.

        • Charlie Crist

          September 7, 2022 at 6:00 pm

          Only Trump supporters are on this list..

  • Tom

    September 7, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    Dr Jill Biden, tacos for all.
    Hernandez Matz, enchilada face.

  • Josefina G

    September 8, 2022 at 6:56 am


  • Tom

    September 8, 2022 at 7:07 am

    What a terrible decision.
    2 weeks later. Still can’t move on.
    Chameleon owns it.

  • Leonard

    September 8, 2022 at 7:15 am

    It appears Crist has lost his political instincts. When he was a Republican he picked a running mate that was a well-respected Legislator who was prepared to serve as Governor if necessary (and for all practical purposes did). However, as a Democrat his running mate choices has been purely political. He has twice picked Hispanic women with no experience in governing. Florida has a $100 billion budget and the issue facing the state are very complexed. It is no place for a novice…

  • Not You

    September 9, 2022 at 5:57 pm

    Crist has committed political suicide. Picking Marx was a HUGE MISTAKE!! Be gone, the both of you!! GTFO!!!

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