LIBERTY CITY — Dozens came out to show support at the Charlie Crist for Governor office opening in Liberty City, including Miami-Dade Public Schools Board Member Dorothy Bendross-Mindingall.
The air was festive and supporters – from the elderly to high school drum corps – held signs that said “Charlie Crist for Governor 2014” and “Honk for Charlie!” aimed at passing motorists. Crist spoke about the need for government to represent the people not corporate interests. The Rev. Dr. Preston Marshall did the invocation.
Crist is seeking the Democratic nomination to face Gov. Rick Scott in the November mid-term elections. Crist served as a Republican governor of Florida, but left the party in 2010 and registered as a Democrat in December 2012, 11 months
before announcing plans to seek his old job with his new party.
The campaign office is located at 6211 NW Seventh Ave. The Charlie Crist for Governor campaign opened another offices in Miami-Dade on Saturday: one in Hialeah.
The invitation to the office opening said “No donation required – just come and bring a friend.”
But Scott continues to have more money in the bank. Records show that Scott had $21.5 million on hand at end of April while Crist had $8.64 million.
Campaign reports filed last Monday show former Gov. Crist raised more than $2.2 million in April for his campaign and a related political committee. Republican incumbent Scott raised more than $1.3 million during the month for his campaign and political committee.
The Scott campaign maintains that it still edged Crist because the governor also raised an additional $1.4 million for the Republican Party of Florida, which is allowed by law to pay for certain campaign expenses. But these amounts cannot be verified in state records.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.