Today's media event in St. Petersburg was the official declaration that he is now a Democrat, after tweeting a photo of himself with voter registration card in hand at a White House Christmas party last Friday night.
In what will no doubt be the first of many media gaggles in which questions are asked about his previous conservatively flavored comments, Crist today said that he regretted signing a petition supporting a ban on gay marriage in Florida's constitution.
Would he do it all over? "No," Crist said. "I think the best way to judge where my heart is, is to look at the deeds that I have done, whether as attorney general, governor — restoration of rights, civil rights cases, things of that nature that I think show a compassionate heart and hopefully someone who cares and knows who the boss is — and the boss is the people of Florida."
But the former governor's statements in support of a ban on same sex marriage are so numerous, it took little time for a Republican Party of Florida staffer to compile them.
As recently as two years ago, Crist told CNN's Ed Henry that he believed marriage was between a man and a woman.
The RPOF was also kind enough to supply reporters with other quotes floating out in cyberspace in which Crist denounces same-sex marriage, even before he was the governor.
For example, there's this quote from a 2004 article in the Jacksonville Times-Union.
Crist said a 1997 Florida law, which he supported as a state senator, clearly forbids recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states and would therefore deny marital rights to such couples.
Charlie Crist says Florida statute "speaks for itself. It is sound policy."
Florida statute 741.212 says, "Marriages between persons of the same sex entered into in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the state of Florida ... are not recognized for any purpose in this state."
"I voted for it, and we're happy to enforce it," Crist said. "The law speaks for itself. It is sound policy."