U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, who aspires to be Florida’s next governor, has been on every side of the abortion issue during his long political career.

Crist Resigns From Congress Amid Bid For Florida Governor

About a week after winning Florida’s Democratic primary for governor, Charlie Crist has submitted his resignation from Congress.

About a week after winning Florida’s Democratic primary for governor, Charlie Crist has submitted his resignation from Congress.

Crist, who will face Gov. Ron DeSantis in the November election, issued a statement thanking voters in Congressional District 13 in Pinellas County for “trusting me as your representative.” Crist was elected to the seat in 2016 and re-elected in 2018 and 2020.

“When I first took office nearly six years ago, I vowed to defend our veterans, bring jobs to Florida, fight climate change and put people over politics,” Crist said in the statement. “As I close out my time in Congress, I could not be prouder of the work we’ve done to uphold those promises.”

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Crist, a former governor, attorney general, education commissioner, and state senator, easily defeated Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried in the Aug. 23 Democratic gubernatorial primary.

Republicans criticized Crist’s resignation, which was set to be effective at the end of Wednesday.

“Charlie Crist treats taxpayer-funded jobs like a game of musical chairs,” Republican National Committee spokeswoman Julie Friedland said in a statement. “Floridians can’t wait to cut the music on his career for good in November.”

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