Republican-turned-Democratic candidate Charlie Crist criticized Gov. Rick Scott (R) for rejecting high-speed rail money from the Obama administration in his gubernatorial campaign announcement Monday.
Crist, who served as governor from 2007-2011, announced he was challenging Scott in 2014, as a Democrat. Crist switched parties after he left the gubernatorial mansion.
During the announcement, Crist twice noted that Scott rejected $2.4 billion that Florida was offered to build a high-speed railway between Orlando and Tampa that had been sought for years by state leaders.
Crist foreshadowed the high-speed rail attack in an interview last week with the News Service of Florida before his announcement Monday.
"Unbelievable. That could have created tens of thousands of jobs," he said of the stalled high-speed rail proposal.
"Have you driven on I-4? I wonder if he has," Crist continued in the interview. "He doesn't have to. He flies over it in his jet. How does he have a clue what we're feeling? It's hard to have empathy if you haven't suffered like that and been on I-4. I'm on it once a week, man."