Former and possibly future governor Charlie Crist rallied the faithful at the LGBTQ+ Get Out the Vote (GOTV) center in Wilton Manors on Nov. 2.
The Democrat candidate for governor showed up to a room packed with supporters and media from across the state.
He was joined by Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis, and candidate for state representative Linda Thompson. You can listen to all of their remarks on Facebook.
Crist hit all the familiar campaign issues, which is primarily to turn back laws passed by the Republican-heavy legislature and signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis. He pledged that on day one back in office he would sign an executive order to protect a woman’s right to control her own health and medical decisions, including the right to end a pregnancy.
SFGN asked what the LGBT community could expect on day one. Crist replied, “Number one, we need to work with the legislature to get those laws repealed. That’s the most effective way to do it. Also, take ‘em to court. It’s gotta be an all-hands-on-deck approach to the horrible things this governor and legislature have done to our state.”
Crist followed up saying a multi-prong approach is needed. “Executive orders, repeal the laws, take them to court. We’ll do all three.”
The candidate also dropped a surprise on the crowd, saying he has a new poll that shows him up six points. Despite trailing in male voters 53-47, the poll shows he’s getting 50% of the female vote.
SFGN has not seen this poll. Real Clear Politics (RCP) doesn’t show any recent poll with him leading, and the RCP poll average shows him down 12.3%. Crist points to new data that shows new voters are turning out in droves despite voter suppression efforts.