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Charles "Charlie" Joseph Crist, Jr. (born July 24, 1956) in OTL is an American politician of the Republican Party and a former Governor of Florida (2007-2011). He was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania and moved to St. Petersburg, Florida at age 4.
A graduate of Florida State University, Crist has served as a state education commissioner, a member of the Florida State Senate, and had unsuccessfully sought to replace U.S. senator Bob Graham. He was elected Florida Attorney General in 2002, and held that office until his election as governor. As attorney general, he was noted for his efforts to expand the authority of his office to prosecute civil rights violations and protect the environment, as well as his involvement in the Terri Schiavo case, where he broke with governor Jeb Bush on pursuing legal options to preserve her life.
He was elected governor in 2006 with 52.4% of the vote (against opponent Jim Davis), and has taken conservative positions on a broad range of social issues, including support for bans on gay marriage, adoption by gay people, gun rights, and capital punishment. He has diverged from Republican orthodoxy on fiscal management and environmental policy, particularly while working with the Obama administration on the federal stimulus package, opposing some forms of offshore oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico and using state funds to purchase land in an effort to restore the Florida Everglades. He has also been credited with fostering better relationships with minority communities, particularly the African-American community.
Governor Crist gained a measure of prominence nationwide by taking an active role in the 2008 presidential election, both for endorsing and campaigning for Republican candidate John McCain and for a political controversy sparked when he signed a bill moving the presidential primary date in Florida to January 29, 2008.
While his term as governor ends in January 2011, Crist announced on May 12, 2009 that he will not run for re-election as governor and instead will run for the US Senate.
Crist has had some level of prominence in various timelines throughout the multiverse:
- Charles Crist, 44th Governor of Florida (President Delay)
- Charles Crist, founder of Crist Seafood (PS-1)
- Charles Crist, 44th Governor of Florida (President McCain)
- Charles Crist, 44th President of the United States (Bicentennial Divergence)