Charlie Crist quits Congress to focus on gubernatorial race

Democratic candidate for governor charlie christ leaves the United States House of Representatives as the general election heats up.

Crist, who has represented Florida’s 13th congressional district since winning the seat in the 2016 election, told the Tampa Bay Weather that serving in the House was “an honor and a privilege”. He highlighted his work for veterans, solar initiatives and community fundraising.

Crist had served in Congress throughout the primary campaign against the agriculture commissioner Fried Nikki, relying on a proxy voting mechanism that drew Republican criticism long before he secured the nomination. A spokesperson for the Republican Governors Association earlier this month called his use of proxies a “flagrant violation of ethics and a complete disrespect for his constituents.” The Times article counted 107 different proxy votes between January and April.

Current Govt Ron DeSantis faced the same decision to resign from Congress in 2018 and, like Crist, waited until he secured his party’s nomination in the gubernatorial race. DeSantis resigned on September 10 of the same year.

“This is not a decision I take lightly,” DeSantis noted in 2018 when announcing his decision to leave Congress.

“As a Republican candidate 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. Under these circumstances, it would be inappropriate for me to accept a salary,” DeSantis wrote in a letter to the then president. Paul Ryan.

DeSantis served voters in Florida’s 6th congressional district. According to GovTrack, which tracks Congress, DeSantis has missed 4.2% of roll call votes since January 2013, but the percentage jumped to 53.8% from July to his resignation.

Prior to that, DeSantis had spent much of the 2016 cycle racing for At Marco Rubio’s Seated in the Senate as Rubio ran for president. DeSantis eventually returned to his House seat when Rubio reversed course and ran for the Senate again after dropping his bid for the White House.

We’ve reached out to the Crist and DeSantis campaigns for comment on recent developments, and will update as appropriate.


Ryan Nicol of Florida Politics contributed to this article.

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