House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is weighing in on Florida’s 2022 gubernatorial contest by backing fellow Democratic Rep. Charlie Crist.
Crist, who has served as a Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives since early 2017, previously served as governor of the Sunshine State from early 2007 until early 2011 — Crist was a Republican when he won the Florida governor’s race in 2006, but he lost a 2010 U.S. Senate bid while running as an independent. He ran for Florida governor as a Democrat in 2014 and lost that contest to Republican Rick Scott.
Crist now has his sights set on the governorship again and is competing in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.
“Speaker Pelosi is a beacon of Democratic values, and her leadership uplifts the voices of all Floridians that are ready to put divisive, inflammatory rhetoric behind us and truly get to work for the people,” Crist said in a statement, according to Politico.
Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, a popular conservative figure, is seeking another term in office.
DeSantis press secretary Christina Pushaw posted a laughing emoji when retweeting a post about Pelosi’s support for Crist.