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Former Crist Staffers Support DeSantis in Open Letter: “The Stakes Are Too High”

In a remarkable move, some of Crist’s most prominent former colleagues and staffers come out in support of Governor Ron DeSantis.

George LeMieux, former chief of staff to Charlie Crist.

TALLAHASSEE, FLORIDA — In an open letter published on Tuesday morning, former staffers and colleagues of Charlie Crist voice their support for Ron DeSantis as governor of Florida.

The letter reads:

“The undersigned represent former colleagues and staff of Charlie Crist. Together, we have known Charlie in virtually all phases of his career and public life.

We are well-qualified to endorse in the Florida Governor’s race because we have significant experience in public service to the state of Florida.

The choice this November could not be more clear: we unanimously endorse Governor DeSantis for re-election.

Governor DeSantis has delivered for Florida. He has led our state with courage and conviction. He has demonstrated his ability to lead us through difficult times. We stand with Governor DeSantis because the stakes are too high.

We urge Florida to re-elect Ron DeSantis as our Governor.”

The letter is signed by, among others, George LeMieux, who served as Charlie Crist’s chief of staff. Other signatories are Jeff Kottkamp, former lieutenant governor; Charles Bronson, former commissioner of agriculture; Bill McCollum, former attorney general; Ken Pruitt, former senate president; and many others who have worked with Charlie Crist in the past.