Darren Soto endorses Charlie Crist after unveiling of ‘Boricuas Con Crist’ plan
Charlie Crist makes his closing pitch.

The plan lays out Crist's agenda to improve the quality of life for Boricuas.

U.S. Rep. Darren Soto has announced his support of Charlie Crist as he runs in hopes of unseating Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis.

“I’m proud to endorse Charlie Crist to be the next Governor of Florida,” Soto said in a statement. “Boricua Floridians need a leader in the governor’s office that truly has their back and will fight for their well-being every single day — Charlie will be that Governor.”

Soto announced his endorsement of the Democratic candidate after Crist’s campaign unveiled its “Boricuas Con Crist” plan. The plan lays out Crist’s agenda to improve the quality of life for Boricuas.

The six-pronged plan suggests instituting a “Good Neighbor Policy” to look out for Puerto Rico, not just in friendship and economic cooperation, but in disaster relief. The plan would also create the Office of New Floridians to help new residents navigate the state.

The agenda also supports affordability on property insurance, rent and utility bills, and promotes affordable health care — with Crist vowing to veto any budget that does not expand Medicaid.

“Boricuas Con Crist” also includes a prong on protecting abortion rights, and a proposal to keep politics out of the classroom and raise teacher pay.

“I’m incredibly honored to earn the endorsement of my good friend Rep. Darren Soto as we roll out our plan to make Florida a more supportive home for all, including our Boricua friends and neighbors,” Crist said in a statement. “As governor, I’ll fight for our Boricua neighbors by making Florida more affordable, protecting reproductive freedom, supporting quality, affordable health care, and giving new Floridians a way to navigate their new home.”

Recent polling also shows favorable ratings for DeSantis are on the rise, notably after Hurricane Ian’s landfall. DeSantis’ hurricane response shows a majority favorability, even with Democrats.

A full 55% of all respondents and 61% of likely voters approved of DeSantis’ storm response, against 19% and 21% disapproval, respectively.

Crist and DeSantis are set to square off on Oct. 24 in Florida’s one gubernatorial debate. WPEC CBS 12 will host the debate in Fort Pierce at 7 p.m. that day, two weeks before Election Day. Local news networks will broadcast the debate across the state.

Kelly Hayes

Kelly Hayes studied journalism and political science at the University of Florida. Kelly was born and raised in Tampa Bay. A recent graduate, she enjoys government and legal reporting. She has experience covering the Florida Legislature as well as local government, and is a proud Alligator alum. You can reach Kelly at [email protected].


  • Anthony Ruehle

    October 16, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Surprise ,Surprise another democrat endorses the Democratic candidate. Everything Charlie Christ says he is going to do is just what he always says. Last time he was Governor he said he would raise teacher pay but never did. Funny they Democratic candidates always seem to want to find ways to spend all surplus money other governors before them have save the state. If you look at Georgia you will see Nancy Abrahms wants to do the same thing and spend all the money. If Christ wins and does what he says he will by adding more people to Medicaid every year, before long Florida will be another California and have to have a STATE INCOME TAX. WATCH YOUR POCKET BOOK>

    • Elliott Offen

      October 16, 2022 at 6:40 pm

      Affordable healthcare and education are worth a state tax. As it sits now, Florida is a haven for crooks, grifters, and every other socially irresponsible asshole in the country. Those that wave the flag but don’t really care about anyone but themselves and maybe 10 other people if that. Great atmosphere.

      • Anthony Ruehle

        October 16, 2022 at 11:04 pm

        If you do not like the way our states is you do not have to be or come here. Everyone I know feels Florida is a great place, It appears a lot of others do too as we are one of the fastest growing states in the United Sates.

    • Ocean Joe

      October 16, 2022 at 6:46 pm

      Anthony, I’m not religious, but if Christ is running, I think he’ll squash Ron Desantis.

  • Ocean Kilroy

    October 16, 2022 at 6:50 pm

    Anyone who votes for crist needs their head examined !

    • Charlie Crist

      October 16, 2022 at 7:58 pm


  • M. Foss

    October 16, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    DeSantis has done nothing to solve the property insurance crisis, huge rent increases, just continues to rail against immigrants, books and LGBTQ citizens. If he wins (God forbid) he will spend his first 2 years campaigning to be president. Charlie wasn’t my first choice, but he has a heck of a lot more to offer than the Trump Mini Me, DeSantis.

    • Anthony Ruehle

      October 16, 2022 at 11:17 pm

      Tell me how does Desantis stop the property insurance from going up? You seem to think your smart well tell me how can you force a company to keep prices down when value of properties that are insured go up by at least 25%. Also cost of materials such as wood and other building products have gone way up (wood is up at least 50 % since Covid hit. If you listen to Biden Inflation is at a rate of 8.6% year over year ( and that is if you take food and energy out) So tha means you need at least a *.6% increase. Having lived in Florida for over 50 years I have seen that they are and have been building houses on land that was swamp and coast lowland for years. They fill it in and build. So you have nowhere for the water to go. The mangroves and other lowland water areas used to break the water down before it hit. The swamp areas let the water run off but without it the water gets higher. If you go back and look at storms in the 50s and 60s you will see Collins Avenue

      • ICU

        October 17, 2022 at 8:09 am

        LOL: and who was in charge of the state while development was allowed to go wild?

        LOL: Who was in charge of the state when laws were made that 25% damage to your roof meant a complete re-do?

        LOL: Who payed-to play with the insurance companies?

  • Wanda

    October 17, 2022 at 3:09 pm

    Why in the world would people vote for DeathDesantis a lot of people in Florida passed away from Covid my brother sister-in-law and niece passed because he told people not to wear a mask he killed my brother sister-in-law and niece,he is a crosser dresser,wasting our tax money on flying people to Martha’s Vineyard they were from Venezuela I would never vote for him he’s a moron ,said he gave the first responders $1000 but that came from Biden he lies in the money he gave the teacher came from Biden he’s a liar just like Trump he’s done nothing for Florida except try to attack Disney world and get them to move so we can lose jobs hates gays they have a right to live to, he’s trying to tell a woman what to do with her body when he’s a damn cross-dresser ,he is a fool telling women to report when they have their monthly if they play sports try to take teaching black history out of school that’s part of history like Martin Luther King being murdered you can’t take that out of history it happens he’s a moron fool insurance for home is through the roof and Car Insurance-through the roof help insurance is through the roof he’s a loser and Ian republicans I will vote for Chris 💙blue all the way and Chris will win big trying to make a little ten year old girl that was raped have a baby that could kill her Ron DeSantis need to be kicked out of office now he is a low IQ moron

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