Florida Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist abruptly resigned from Congress on Wednesday.
Crist announced he will be resigning as the representative for 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.
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
Charlie Crist faces the tough challenge of defeating popular Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.
Charlie Crist resigns from Congress as he campaigns for Florida governor against Ron DeSantis https://t.co/WL8CMXGUg7
— Fox News (@FoxNews) August 31, 2022
Fox News reported:
Crist, who won the Democratic nomination for Florida governor on Aug. 23, said in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times that it was “an honor and a privilege” to serve as a representative to Florida’s 13th Congressional District.
“But these achievements start and end with you, the people – my bosses – who have guided my work in Congress since Day One,” Crist said in the statement.
Florida’s 13th District will remain vacant until the November election. Going head-to-head for the position to replace Crist is Trump-backed Republican candidate Anna Paulina Luna and former Obama aide Eric Lynn, a Democrat. Crist’s departure will also leave the House with 219 Democrats and 211 Republicans.
On Nov. 8, Crist will face incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis, who is currently a GOP-party favorite for a possible 2024 White House bid, despite the governor’s attempts to deflect any White House chatter.
Crist’s gubernatorial campaign got off to a terrible start last week.
Last week Crist labeled DeSantis supporters “haters” in his first press conference since winning the primary.
He told reporters “those who support 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.”
Crist: "Those who support 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." pic.twitter.com/S0B93bw52i
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 24, 2022
Crist then went on an absolute delusional rant about how fantastic Biden was for Americans.
Charlie Crist goes on deranged rant about how amazing Biden is
“What other president could have done what he’s done? He’s been phenomenal!” pic.twitter.com/gKhj6NTqKH
— End Wokeness (@EndWokeness) August 24, 2022