Charlie Crist

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Charlie Crist was inaugurated as Governor of Florida in January, 2007. He was the state's 44th governor. Initially a Republican, he became an Independent in the 2010 election. [1] As a Republican, Crist served as a legislator, a commissioner of education, state attorney general and governor, but left the party in the spring of 2010 after it became obvious that Senator-elect Marco Rubio, a Tea Party favorite, was going to pose a strong challenge to him in the Republican primary. [2]

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  1. State of Florida Biography of Governor Charlie Crist, accessed December 4, 2010
  2. The Pensacola News Journal ( With few regrets, Crist bids farewell, December 4, 2010