She does not mention DeSantis by name in her announcement video.
The primary between Fried and Crist could be contentious, setting up a fight between competing visions for the Democratic Party.
Fried is a lifelong Floridian. She was born and raised in Miami and attended the University of Florida, where she received her law degree. She has spent much of her career as a public defender and defense attorney, including a stint with the Alachua County Public Defender’s Office. She narrowly won her current position in 2018, becoming the only Democrat to hold statewide office in Florida, which has moved right in recent years.
Unlike the state he seeks to represent
, Crist has moved to the left over the last decade
, then a Republican
, served as governor from
2007 per 2011 but left the party after it declined to back his
2010 Senate campaign
. Running as an independent
, Crist lost that election and later officially became a Democrat when be endorsed then-President Barack Obama in
2012. He mounted a failed gubernatorial campaign in
2014 as a Democrat and was elected to Congress in
2016. He announced a gubernatorial run
Fried is expected to center her campaign on the ability to win in Florida — routinely arguing that because she is the only Democrat to win statewide, she is the best positioned to defeat DeSantis, who has seen his profile rise in recent years.
Democrats are eager to take on DeSantis, who has tied himself to former President Donald Trump and is said to be considering a presidential run in 2024.