Charlie Crist tries to put abortion back at election forefront
Charlie Crist. Image via Renzo Downey.

Charlie Crist
Crist says Gov. DeSantis is trying to distract from abortion issues with his planes delivering migrants to Massachusetts.

Charlie Crist is trying to reframe the 2022 gubernatorial election as a referendum on abortion after a day focused on immigration.

Crist, the Democratic nominee for Governor, says Gov. Ron DeSantis and Attorney General Ashley Moody are next looking to completely outlaw abortion after the Legislature passed a 15-week abortion ban this year, a law that is currently working its way through state courts.

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade this year, which has potentially opened the door to total abortion bans, Democrats have seen a resurgence in a year that previously thought to be a strong year for Republicans.

“Ron DeSantis and his Attorney General and political ally Ashley Moody are plotting their next move to effectively ban abortion and strip women of their right to choose and their very freedom,” Crist said, speaking to a Tallahassee crowd on Friday morning.

The former Republican Governor, who left the party in 2010 and is mounting his second gubernatorial bid as a Democrat, emphasized the lack of an exception for rape or incest in Florida’s law.

“Ashley Moody and Ron DeSantis are stopping at nothing to dismantle our Florida Constitution and undermine the right to privacy, all to make sure no one in the state of Florida can ever have a safe abortion again,” Crist said.

Crist, who contends abortion rights is the most important issue for the 2022 election, accused DeSantis of using children and families to divert from national headlines on abortion. On Thursday, after DeSantis confirmed he sent two planes of migrants to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, Crist called the move inhumane and a distraction from abortion issues.

He reiterated the sentiment Friday.

“This Governor’s an extremist there’s no question about it someone who doesn’t bat an eye at using children and families as political pawns by flying immigrants to Massachusetts. Why? To divert from his stance on the very issue … of women’s choice,” Crist said.

The recent Congressman also took aim at others trying to further restrict abortions.

“Whether it’s him or any other forced-birth politician who thinks that government gets to decide when you start your family, you will have awakened a sleeping giant in the Sunshine State,” he said.

Recent polling has shown DeSantis leading Crist by around 3 points. Still, Democrats view DeSantis as potentially vulnerable, citing his 2018 victory that he won by less than half a point.

“Our lives, our livelihoods, our democracy, everything is on the line here,” said Monica Readus, president of the Democratic Women’s Club of Florida.

“Every single Democrat needs to come out. You need to vote. You need to make sure that your friends, your family, you need to make sure that every person that has the ability to get to that poll, the ability to mail in a ballot, that they do so. Because if you don’t, there’s going to be hell to pay.”

Renzo Downey

Renzo Downey covers state government for Florida Politics. After graduating from Northwestern University in 2019, Renzo began his reporting career in the Lone Star State, covering state government for the Austin American-Statesman. Shoot Renzo an email at [email protected] and follow him on Twitter @RenzoDowney.


  • Impeach Biden

    September 16, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    When you can’t run on fuel prices.
    When you can’t run on record inflation.
    When you can’t run on city crime
    When you can’t run on the defund movement.
    When you hide from the Southern Border chaos.

    This is all ya got? The Red Storm is coming.

    • Fat Cammack

      September 16, 2022 at 3:04 pm

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    • marylou

      September 17, 2022 at 11:16 am

      Women being downgraded to less than full citizens is far more important to most people than a temporary rise in prices!

      Men are not being forced to allow anyone into their bodies. McFall v Shimp ruled that one cannot even be forced to donate bone marrow to save a person’s life: “For our law to compel defendant to submit to an intrusion of his body would change every concept and principle upon which our society is founded. To do so would defeat the sanctity of the individual.”

      Yet here are men who would certainly deny room and board to an unwelcome person who showed up in their house planning to stay for nine months. Those men would not wait around while the unwelcome visitor damaged their health and threatened their life. For those men who ridiculously say that the woman “invited” the fetus, I say that if the unwelcome visitor was a repairman that you had over, you would still do whatever you had to do to get him out.

      Yet here you are demanding that women sacrifice their actual body. You would not put up with that for yourself. All sanctimonious misogynists should seek treatment for their hypocrisy and moral deficiencies.

    • alexey

      September 17, 2022 at 12:57 pm

      red storm is coming my ass lmfaoo more like a red drop
      you guys killed your own chances at winning the senate
      inflation is an international problem; fuel prices and inflation are high everywhere in the world
      and crime happens all the time regardless of who is in control of the house/senate
      defund movement is from several years ago and it isn’t even popular among democrats just look at what happened in san fransisco
      ever thought of getting checked for schizophrenia? just a thought

  • richard bruce

    September 16, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Crist claims it’s inhuman to kill humans at will without due process. Why would anyone with a IQ over 50 vote for this person?

    • marylou

      September 17, 2022 at 12:06 pm

      There is probably research going on that would let men volunteer to have an embryo implanted in their abdomen. That would give them an outlet for their misogyny and false morality.

      While you are busy looking for a study to “save a life”, you can be thinking about how you would handle finding out that you have a “parasitic twin” LIVING inside you, and the only way to stop the pain and swelling in your abdomen is to have it surgically removed. And, yes, you are the one responsible for the twin’s condition because you maintained dominance over it at its expense and your benefit. But no need to worry because a committee of women will be making the decision for you. Sure most men would like that.

    • Vlad

      September 17, 2022 at 12:58 pm

      iq isn’t a good measure of intelligence retard

  • Tom

    September 16, 2022 at 2:44 pm

    The man is a political prostitute.
    Chameleon is being kind.
    He speaks 3 ways out of his mouth.
    How can anyone believe him on any topic.
    He’s just a liar. Shameful.

    • Charlie Crist

      September 16, 2022 at 3:02 pm

      👆This guy is a paid George Soros Manchurian troll…paid to come here and make the GOP look like they have a bunch of idiots cheering for them.

  • VAB. Wanda

    September 16, 2022 at 4:37 pm

    Charlie is a wonderful person he will get my vote Ron Dumpster or DeathDesantis will not vote blue

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