Charlie Crist declines to criticize Ron DeSantis’ storm response, but chides insurance remarks

Charlie Crist
'I don’t want to get into Monday morning quarterbacking before Monday.'

Charlie Crist, the former Democratic U.S. Representative from St. Petersburg vying with Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in the gubernatorial race, refrained from directly criticizing his handling of Hurricane Ian so far, but still rebuked DeSantis for asserting the storm is more likely to leave more flood insurance claims than wind claims in its wake.

DeSantis said the storm surge from Ian will likely produce more flood claims, the vast majority of which are covered under the National Flood Insurance Program, run by the federal government, than wind claims, which would typically be covered by insurance companies.

“That’s a wrong assessment on his part in terms of if he’s trying to shift blame to the federal government, instead of the responsibility of the state government, to have a better situation as it relates to homeowners insurance,” Crist told reporters in a brief videoconference call Tuesday.

Earlier in the call, however, Crist declined to slam DeSantis’ response to Hurricane Ian, especially before it has even made landfall.

“I don’t want to get into Monday morning quarterbacking before Monday,” Crist said. “What we all need to do is to be focused on protecting fellow Floridians.”

Crist said he’s spoken with his hometown Mayor of St. Petersburg, Ken Welch, and Tampa Mayor Jane Castor, ahead of Ian’s approach and believes they have the necessary resources before it makes landfall.

DeSantis has said his administration has been in touch with the federal government and is getting assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), but hasn’t personally spoken with Democratic President Joe Biden about the storm.

Crist praised the coordination between FEMA and the state but didn’t address the lack of direct talk between Biden and DeSantis.

Since the onset of the storm, Crist has suspended ads in areas of the state likely to be affected by Hurricane Ian, in Tampa and up and down the Gulf Coast.

Gray Rohrer


  • Charlie Crist

    September 27, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    Florida is a far right hell hole. Vote for me…not mini Hitler.

    • John

      September 28, 2022 at 11:43 am

      Says the guy who is just fine with killing unborn babies at 8 months..go somewhere else and oversee another housing bubble if you would please

      • Charlie Crist

        September 28, 2022 at 1:03 pm

        👆 Walking advertisement for abortion..

        • Biff Moran

          September 28, 2022 at 1:18 pm

          Calling yourself “Charlie Crist” and making such an inane statement, makes you look like the perfect advertisement for abortion.

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        • John

          September 28, 2022 at 1:45 pm

          Now go thank a pro lifer for your ability to be alive and say ignorant things

          • Biker Guy

            September 29, 2022 at 12:50 pm

            Nope, thank your mother and father for being in a good place to have a child and raise it well. Thank an anti-choicer for the unwanted children who grow up unloved and resented.

      • marylou

        September 28, 2022 at 1:12 pm

        The only time that a fetus is removed late in pregnancy is when a life and death event occurs during the birthing process or the days before. The mother and or the fetus will die without intervention. These are tragic events that end a wanted pregnancy and leave a man and woman grieving—for the rest of their lives. To use the suffering of other people to push your agenda of smearing all abortions is just depraved.

        • John

          September 28, 2022 at 1:49 pm

          Are you only talking about Florida? If not you are party is pushing for full term abortions across the goes without saying if the health and well being of the mother is at stake there is no limit

          • marylou

            September 28, 2022 at 4:25 pm

            The “full term abortions” ARE the pregnancies where the woman and/or the fetus will die.

            “Health and well being” are not exceptions in any state’s bans. Some, like Florida, have exceptions for “serious irreversible impairment of a major bodily function”. That means the doctor watches the woman get sicker for hours, days, maybe weeks, even knowing that she will die or suffer irreversible damage if he doesn’t treat her—-but he refuses because he doesn’t want to lose his license or go to prison.

            And, what “major bodily function”? Coma, permanent ventilator, heart transplant, stroke, among others. How close does he let her get before he tries to save her? Do you realize when a doctor waits that long to act there will be many women who will be permanently disabled or dead?

            It is like some horror game where the government forces a doctor to guess how close to dead he can stand by and watch a woman get before he suddenly starts to save her! He will start yelling about this “code” and that “code” as if he hadn’t stood around watching for hours!

            There are states where legislatures are working on laws with no exceptions even for the woman’s life.

            There are pregnant women whose cancer is spreading because that isn’t an exception and the doctors won’t give chemotherapy or radiation because it will harm the fetus. There are women with severe vomiting on bed rest or hospitalized from the first month of pregnancy until 20 weeks—sometimes longer. Prior to abortion bans, allowing these medical conditions to go untreated would have been malpractice.

        • John

          September 28, 2022 at 4:51 pm

          Are you only talking about Florida? If not you are party is pushing for full term abortions across the goes without saying if the health and well being of the mother is at stake there is no limit ….I’m specifically referring to abortions being done late term just because someone changed their shouldn’t be allowed,not sure how that can even be argued by a decent person

      • Rock Hudson

        October 3, 2022 at 1:06 pm

        Abortion does not even belong in the political arena you clown. Go to church and practice whatever you like in your home. But go away with your stupid low level topic

        • John

          October 3, 2022 at 3:59 pm

          There are laws on abortion which makes it political you libtard…you and Janet yellen do make a good case for full term abortions though

          • Tony Ferrante

            October 3, 2022 at 5:35 pm

            Of course the real Rock Hudson would never have to deal with the abortion issue. But this Rock makes a point. This conversation is about property insurance. Why do you think abortion is relevant?

          • John

            October 3, 2022 at 10:55 pm

            What does desantis military record have to do with it dip shit? why don’t you libtards pull your heads out of NPR’s butthole uncross your eyes and see the entire country is going to shit because of your policies

    • Rick Blaine

      September 28, 2022 at 1:11 pm

      That doesn’t sound like anything Charlie Crist would say, even though it may be true.

  • Tjb

    September 27, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    Governor DeSantis,

    Hurricane Ian is heading toward my home. I could not get property insurance this year. Need help now!

    My previous company offer me insurance at double what I paid last year but they dropped out of the Florida market. . Now no insurance company wants to sell me property insurance.

    Help me Ron!

    • Russ

      September 28, 2022 at 3:00 pm

      Hear ya!!!

    • Biker Guy

      September 29, 2022 at 12:52 pm


  • Alan Fogg

    September 27, 2022 at 6:00 pm

    Does not the don’t say gay bill, or the anti woke bill, or the vote police law, or the ship out asylum to Martha vineyard action, address the insurance crisis? They should, most of Gov desantis energy went to those things.

    • John

      September 28, 2022 at 11:38 am

      Charley crist… governor who oversaw the state with the largest housing bubble in the history of mankind, great choice

  • Ocean Joe

    September 27, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    I wont vote for him, but give Desantis credit for calm, steady response, and especially for allowing the experts, the director of emergency management, to address the details of the storm.
    Our last governor was a panic monger, who ran around like a chicken with its’ head cut off, spurting misinformation. Urging an evacuation of southeast Florida led many to head to sw Florida where that storm hit. Worse, he monopolized all public announcements , blocking reporters from asking the state experts directly, speaking on matters he was not trained in.
    Not to mention the fiasco he made of the Broward nursing home disaster, and awarding a major contributor a no-bid contract to clean up the Keys which already had a standing contract with Ashbritt, experts in the field, which was undermined by his deal with MSM costing taxpayers millions and delaying the clean up.
    Happy that he and his Navy cap are nowhere to be seen.

    • Tony Ferrante

      September 28, 2022 at 2:53 pm

      DeSantis’s military record is public knowledge, but appearances can be deceiving. He was a Navy lawyer (JAG). Look at his uniform for the identifying emblems. He may have done legal work for the Seals but he was not one of them. The closest he probably got to combat was putting on fighting gear and posing in front of an armored vehicle. His medals are for being a smart lawyer. Check it out.

      • John

        October 3, 2022 at 4:00 pm

        I’m sure his record is better than yours

  • John Kabana

    September 28, 2022 at 8:35 am

    Says he doesn’t want to criticize him but then does… I guess Crist needs some equal time and free advertising and This, I’m certain, liberal reporter obliged him….

  • Russ

    September 28, 2022 at 2:58 pm

    Personally, I think that’s a measured response. Criticism of a response to something yet to happen is dumb.

    Conversely, we have a homeowners insurance crisis and in impending issue that he will be blamed for. Not a new issue but one that was ignored for too long and under addressed by his administration.

  • Dan Webster

    September 28, 2022 at 3:18 pm

    Typical Republican b.s. slamming anyone who thinks abortion should be safe, legal and rare. All they care about is “the unborn”. Once you’re born, you’re screwed”. (See George Carlin on abortion for the full Monty)

    • Harsh Truths

      September 29, 2022 at 11:01 am

      If you cannot feed them, don’t breed them.

      • Biker Guy

        September 29, 2022 at 12:56 pm

        Good argument for safe, legal abortions. Thank you.

    • John

      October 2, 2022 at 11:46 pm

      that’s completely stupid…Better to be screwed and born then dead.better to be in foster care than dead,go ask around if your not sure

      • Tony Ferrante

        October 3, 2022 at 10:58 am

        Are you equating the unborn with the dead? Not even the most pious theologian could confirm this for you.

        • John

          October 3, 2022 at 12:46 pm

          Seriously? The argument for late term abortions because of foster care is stupid.i don’t even know how it’s arguable…if it’s still to hard to figure out that children would still rather be in foster care than aborted without even getting a chance,I guess go ask around

  • joan

    October 2, 2022 at 12:24 pm

    i will never vote for any democrat

    • Rick Blaine

      October 2, 2022 at 1:00 pm

      It really doesn’t matter what you do. Face it Joan, in the great scheme of things, your decisions will not significantly affect the way things go.

      Personally, I would vote for anyone who could really resolve the property insurance problem.

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