Ex-Fla. Gov. Crist files paperwork to become Democrat; was elected governor as Republican

  • Article by: Associated Press
  • Updated: December 13, 2012 - 12:36 PM
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Former Republican Florida Governor Charlie Crist, leaves the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, in St. Petersburg, Fla. Crist officially switched his party affiliation to the Democrat party, fueling speculation that he will run for governor again.

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. - Former Florida Republican Governor Charlie Crist is officially a Democrat.

Joined by a gaggle of news media, Crist on Thursday filed his paperwork at the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections office in downtown St. Petersburg.

Afterward, Crist joked with elections workers and held a short news conference outside.

Crist said he "feels comfortable" as a Democrat but remained mum on whether he would challenge Republican Governor Rick Scott.

Crist added there were a few issues he would handle differently than when he was governor — including his signing of a petition banning same-sex marriage. He said Thursday that he wouldn't sign that petition today.

Crist was elected governor as a Republican and then ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate as an independent. He tweeted Friday night that he was becoming a Democrat.

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