ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Charlie Crist just can't help himself. If there's an election — he's not especially picky about the race, whether it's for governor, the Senate or the House, or the party, Republican, Democrat or independent, he's tried them all — his name will be on the ballot.
Charles Joseph "Charlie" Crist, Jr. (born July 24, 1956) is an American politician who was the 44th Governor of Florida. Prior to his election as governor, Crist served as Florida State Senator, Education Commissioner, and Attorney General. He was elected governor in 2006 with 52.4 percent of the vote (against opponent Jim Davis), and took office the following year.