ALERT: Key Democrat Resigns From Congress

Charlie Crist

( – BREAKING NOW: Just a short while ago, United States Representative Charlie Crist, a Florida Democrat, announced he is resigning his seat in Congress so he can campaign full-time in his attempt to defeat popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in the upcoming Florida gubernatorial election.

Crist, a former Republican, won the Democrat Party primary race.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, Crist said in a statement that it was “an honor and a privilege” to serve in Congress, representing Florida’s 13th District, and he touted his achievements, thanking “the people — my bosses — who have guided my work in Congress since Day One.”

Crist has already found himself embroiled in controversy. Last week, he implied that Floridians who support DeSantis have hate in their hearts, saying:

Those who support the governor [DeSantis] should stay with him and vote for him, and I don’t want your vote. If you have that hate in your heart, keep it there. I want the vote of the people of Florida who care about our state. Good Democrats. Good independents. Good Republicans. Unify with this ticket.” [emphasis added]

Meanwhile, as Breitbart News notes:

“DeSantis has continued to rake in endorsements from a variety of groups — from the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA) to the Florida Retail Association — while Crist received a $100,000 pledge from none other than California Gov Gavin Newsom (D), further advancing the fears that Crist desires to ‘Make Florida California.'”

Currently, all polling shows DeSantis with a significant lead over Crist.