ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WWSB) - A week after calling for the Department of Justice to look into Manatee County Commissioner Vanessa Baugh and Gov. Ron DeSantis’ decisions about locations selected for vaccine pop-up sites, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist held a news conference to encourage the governor to “open his heart” and expand vaccine implementation into lower-income communities.
The news conference also came after a Politico article saying that Crist was eyeing a run for governor in 2022. Crist, a Democrat from St. Petersburg, had previously been elected the Sunshine State’s governor in 2006.
Crist has been openly vocal in his criticism of Baugh’s selection of Lakewood Ranch for a pop-up vaccine site. The decision prompted calls for Baugh to resign as commission chair, as well as a criminal complaint. But rather than focusing on his request for the DOJ to investigate Baugh, Crist used the time to implore the governor to be compassionate. He also accused DeSantis of favoring his donors.
“He is making it up as he goes along and we suffer as a result of it,” Crist said.
DeSantis, who held a news conference at the same time, did not take questions or address Crist’s comments.
You can watch Crist’s entire news conference below: