Florida gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist on Monday morning received an endorsement from U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in his bid for the state’s governor’s position.
Polling shows that Crist is the current favorite to face Gov. Ron Desantis in the November election, topping both Agricultural Commissioner Nikki Fried and Senator Annette Taddeo in the recent iterations of a variant of polls. Crist also leads the Democratic pack in fundraising, reporting his second $1 million month in March, amounting to a total of $8.2 million.
In a video message, Pelosi commends Crist for his current work as Florida’s 13th Congressional District Representative, claiming that he is the party’s best bet to defeat DeSantis in an election.
“I’m reaching out to personally ask you to support Charlie Crist’s campaign for Governor of Florida,” said Pelosi. “I’ve worked with Charlie for the past six years in Congress and I’ve seen him fight for Floridians every single day. He always puts people first. He’ll be a champion for women’s reproductive rights, create opportunities for small business owners, and always show empathy and compassion for our working farmers.”
Crist previously served as Florida’s governor as a Republican from 2007 to 2011. Seeking a second term as a Democrat, Crist has campaigned on the upholding of same-sex marriage, gun rights, and fully legalizing marijuana.
It’s a stark contrast to the current governor. Florida, you deserve better,” concluded Pelosi. “We have an excellent chance to elect a Democratic governor in Florida. That’s why I am asking you to join me in supporting Charlie. Rush a donation in and vote Charlie Crist for governor.”
Crist has received more than 100 endorsements, including notable backings by a series of unions, former gubernatorial candidates Alex Sink and Jim Davis, and St. Pete mayor Ken Welch.
“I’m honored to receive the full support and endorsement of my colleague and friend [Nancy Pelosi] as we work to build a Florida that truly works for all Floridians,” said Crist on Twitter.