Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist abruptly resigned from Congress on Wednesday.
Crist announced he will be resigning as a Representative serving Florida’s 13th Congressional District before his term is up.
“US Representative Charlie Crist announced that effective close of business today, August 31, he will resign from his position as US Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.,” the statement said.
“Casework operations will continue under the Office of Florida’s 13th Congressional District until newly elected members take office in 2023.” he said.
“When I took office nearly six years ago, I vowed to defend our Veterans, bring jobs to Florida, fight climate change, and put people over politics,” he said.
Today, I’m announcing my resignation from Congress. Casework operations will continue under the Office of Florida’s 13th Congressional District until newly elected members take office in 2023.
It’s been a privilege to serve Pinellas in Washington. Read my full statement below. pic.twitter.com/z3j5oRLAvT
— Congressman Charlie Crist (@RepCharlieCrist) August 31, 2022
Crist resigned from Congress to campaign against highly popular Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
Democrat Crist isn’t off to a good start.
Last week Crist labeled DeSantis supporters “haters” in his first press conference since winning the primary.
“Those who support [Ron DeSantis] should stay with him and vote for him,” Crist said shaking his fist.
“And I don’t want your vote. If you have that hate in your heart, keep it there!” Crist said.
He continued, “I want the vote of the people of Florida who care about our state.”
“Those who are haters, you’re gonna go off in your own world,” he added.
That’s a winning strategy.