Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist Resigns From Congress

Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL), who is currently running for governor of Florida, has announced his resignation from Congress — which comes approximately four months before the end of his term.

Crist, a former Republican, announced his decision to resign in a tweet after sending an official letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA).

“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,” he wrote.

“Serving as the Representative of Florida’s 13th Congressional District has been an honor and a privilege,” Crist’s statement read. “When I first took office nearly six years ago, I vowed to defend our Veterans, bring jobs to Florida, fight climate change, and put people over politics. As I close out my time in Congress, I could not be prouder of the work we’ve done to uphold those promises – passing legislation to support our veterans, expanding solar energy in the Sunshine State, securing millions in direct funding for community projects, and returning over $6 million in earned benefits to the people of Pinellas.”

“I hereby resign my office as the Representative for Florida’s 13th Congressional District, effective today, Wednesday, August 31, 2022,” the gubernatorial candidate wrote in his letter to Pelosi.

Crist won his Democrat primary for governor last week. Soon after his victory, he announced that he had chosen Karla Hernández — the president of United Teachers of Dade, a left-wing teachers union — as his running mate.

The outgoing Democrat congressman will be facing incumbent Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) in the general election. The popular Republican governor, who entered office in early 2019, also served in the House of Representatives.

DeSantis also resigned from Congress during his gubernatorial run.

“As the Republican nominee for Governor of Florida, it is clear to me that I will likely miss the vast majority of our remaining session days for this Congress,” DeSantis wrote in a September 10, 2018 letter to then-House Speaker Paul Ryan.

“Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept a salary,” he added. “In order to honor my principles and protect the taxpayer, I officially resign from the House of Representatives effective immediately. For purposes of pay, I ask that my resignation be retroactive to September 1 so that I do not receive any pay for the month of September.”

Crist inspired outrage last week after saying that he does not want the votes of DeSantis supporters, claiming that they have hate within their hearts.

“Those who support the governor should stay with him and vote for him,” the Democrat said, adding emphatically, “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.”

Crist was governor of Florida from 2007 to 2011, and was elected as a Republican. In 2010, he ran for Senate as an independent, losing his election to current Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL). Rubio won the election with 49% of the vote to Crist’s 30% and Democrat Kendrick Meek’s 20%. Crist then ran for governor once again in 2014, this time as a Democrat. He lost that race by one percentage point. Crist later won the race for the House of Representatives in 2017, and has been serving in that position ever since.