Crist Enters U.S. Senate Race
Today, Governor Charlie Crist made it official and announced his candidacy for U.S. Senate via a
“Here in Florida, we've shown that when we put people first and work together much can be accomplished, and I intend to bring that same approach to Washington,” Crist said in a statement released by the Republican Party.
"That is why, after thoughtful consideration with my wife Carole, I have decided to run for the U.S. Senate. As Governor, each day I will continue to focus on fighting for all Floridians. And if I am given the honor of serving as their Senator, I will take that fight for the people of this state I love so dearly to the halls of Congress. Thank you and God bless the great state of Florida and the United States of America."
“I think Charlie Crist will be the next U.S. Senator,” state GOP Chairman Jim Greer was quoted as saying in an interview Sunday night.
Crist’s announcement will likely set off a chain reaction of announcements, with the potential that every member of the current State Cabinet will announce that they are running for Governor. CFO Alex Sink, Attorney General Bill McCollum, and Agriculture Commissioner Charles Bronson have all expressed interest in the race, if Crist decided to run for Senate.
No word yet on Lt. Governor Jeff Kottkamp’s plans, or if Crist will officially back anyone to replace him as governor.