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Charlie Crist, Mike Johnson Launch Congressional Honor and Civility Caucus

December 16, 2017 - 6:00am
Charlie Crist and Mike Johnson
Charlie Crist and Mike Johnson

This week, U.S. Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., teamed up with fellow congressional freshman U.S. Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., to launch the Honor and Civility Caucus. 

Crist’s office noted that the new group was formed to “uphold and promote the ideals of civility and statesmanship and to restore trust and confidence in America’s political institutions" and “will work to foster more productive dialogue in Congress and to advance specific initiatives to improve the tone of the nation’s politics and public discourse.” Invitations have been sent out to members of Congress to join the new group. 

On Wednesday, Crist and Johnson weighed in on why they had formed the new caucus. 

“As the nation’s leaders, members of Congress should aspire to the highest standards and set an example of personal integrity, decency and mutual respect for the generations of Americans that will follow,” Crist and Johnson said in a joint statement. “We can be stalwarts of our respective policy positions without tearing one another down. Although the members of this caucus will represent both political parties and a wide range of individual views across the political spectrum, our belief is that we can disagree in an agreeable manner and maintain collegiality and the honor of our office. Our aim is to help reverse the increasing divisions in and coarsening of our culture.”

Back in February, Johnson rounded up almost 50 freshmen, including Crist, to back the "Commitment to Civility" which, according to the Louisiana Republican’s office, “memorializes the members’ agreement to, among other things, restore collegiality, trust and civility to the Congress, encourage productive dialogue, and work to build consensus and the public's trust in America’s institutions.”

"I was pleased to draft this commitment document on behalf of my freshmen colleagues to articulate the sentiments that so many of us share,” Johnson said when he unveiled the “Commitment to Civility.” “It is encouraging to work with others from across the political spectrum who want to lead by example and work to restore civility to our public discourse. While we may have very different ideas and core philosophies, at the end of the day, we are all Americans. We do well to remember that.”

In June, Johnson and Crist followed up on that by teaming up with U.S. Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragán, D-Calif.,  to launch a bill designating July 12th as a National Day of Civility. The two congressmen also passed out wristbands that read "Practice the GOLDEN RULE every day!"

"Matthew 7:12 reads 'in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you.' It’s the Golden Rule,” Crist said in June. “In our civil discourse, we must strive to disagree without being disagreeable and practice the Golden Rule every day."

In July, Crist and Johnson penned a piece in The Hill on civility. Later that month, the congressmen took to the airwaves to talk about civility on Sirius Radio

While he was first elected to Congress last year, Crist is a familiar figure in Florida politics. After serving in the Florida Senate, Crist, then a Republican, came up short in 1998 when he tried to topple then U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, D-Fla. In 2000, Crist bounced back to be elected state education commissioner in 2000, attorney general in 2002 and governor in 2006. Instead of running for a second term as governor in 2010, Crist decided to run for the U.S. Senate but was caught in the primary by Marco Rubio. Crist left the GOP to continue his Senate bid with no party affiliation but was routed by Rubio in the general election. After throwing his support to then President Barack Obama in the 2012 presidential election, Crist joined the Democrats at the end of that year. He ran against Gov. Rick Scott in 2014 but lost again. Last year, Crist defeated then U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., to represent parts of Pinellas County in Congress. 

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STOP the DISTRACTIONS. GO TO WORK on issues which will provide income, education, and opportunity for EVERYONE in this nation. Your actions in REAL LEGISLATION is more than starting another caucus. I am tired of watching lip flappin politicians claim to do work.

LOL This is a joke, right? The Chain Gang is still confused about which bathroom he is supposed to use. I don't know the other guy but if he is teamed up with Chain Gang he has to be an idiot too. If your parents did not teach you how to behave I do not think it is up to the taxpayers to assume financial responsibility for another Herculean task that will undoubtedly take longer than planned, be way over budget and not work. A better idea would be to try and not elect fools and idiots to Congress.

Ha....Charlie Crist backing a HONOR & Civility Caucus....what a laugh...there no Honor of Charlie ...How about a Loser of Losers Caucus ...

C'mon boys!!!!!!!!.....It's been done, and done... and re-done ln one iteration, or another! NOW,.. if you two "do-nothings" slid off your far-two-big-for-you Congressional "seats" and did something "extraordinarily different".... Like maybe trying to create a "Congressional White Caucus",...you two dweebs MIGHT, at least, get noticed... Short of that, the two of you are STILL "two failed lawyers" sucking on the government mammary for "freebies"...

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