Former Gov. Charlie Crist announces run for Congress

Charlie Crist announcing his candidacy for the 13th congressional district in St. Petersburg. (WFLA)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Former Florida governor Charlie Crist is back in the race for another political seat. This time he is running to represent the 13th congressional district.

“The real problem with Washington is that they fail to listen. They fail to listen to the people.  I have always tried to listen to the people. I don’t always get it right but I always try to listen even when it’s hard,” said Crist as he made his announcement at a south St. Petersburg’s Childs Park.

“I am thankful to god for this day and I’m thankful to the Florida supreme court for having the wisdom to do the right thing and have fair districts again,” said Crist who admits this run has been made possible by the redrawing of congressional maps which include a democrat friendly south St. Petersburg.

The redistricting is the reason current Representative David Jolly is now running for Senate.

“When you look at a congressional district line that every pundit, every prognosticator, every political consultant will tell you, there is simply no path for a republican to hold you have to consider that,” said Jolly who showed up to Crist announcement with a scathing critique of the former governor.

“I think he’s a huckster and a fraud. He makes decisions out of political convenience instead of political conviction. He will tell you absolutely anything you want to know for the sake of getting elected.  I’ve served with bad members of congress, the absolutely worst we’ve ever seen. I don’t want my community to be served by somebody who will fail the test of leadership and fail to govern and fail to actually contribute to policies that are right for our community,” said Jolly after Crist’ announcement.

Meantime the other democrat in the race, Eric Lynn released a statement Tuesday saying “voters need a fresh face, someone with new smart policy ideas who is eager to make a change and fight for them in Washington.”

Republican and former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker is considering a run for the seat.

Meantime the new congressional map has yet to be approved by the Florida Supreme Court. They are set to make a decision November 2nd. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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