Crist hires former Obama hand Omar Khan to manage campaign for governor

Former Governor of Florida Charlie Crist addresses delegates during the final session of the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, in this September 6, 2012 file photo. Crist, who campaigned for President Obama in this past election, announced on Twitter Friday that he is now a Democrat. REUTERS/Jason Reed/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: ELECTIONS POLITICS)
Democratic gubernatorial hopeful and former Republican governor of Florida Charlie Crist in 2012. (Jason Reed/Reuters)

Democrat Charlie Crist has hired Omar Khan to manage his campaign for governor of Florida, his campaign said Friday. Khan will join Crist's team sometime next month.

Khan is a veteran of President Obama's campaign teams. In 2012, he was the national associate political director. In 2008, he was deputy political director in Florida. Khan has also served as director of congressional and intergovernmental relations for Obama's Hurricane Sandy Task Force and directed public engagement efforts at the Environmental Protection Agency.

“I love him. He loves Florida. He’s coming home to help us put the people back in charge," said Crist, a former Republican governor.

Crist had originally tapped Bill Hyers, who managed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's 2013 campaign, to be his campaign manager. But shortly after signing on with Crist, Hyers left.

Crist has tapped several former Obama hands for his effort against Gov. Rick Scott (R), including Jim Messina and Ted Goff.

The Tampa Bay Times first reported this week that Crist was poised to hire Khan.

Sean Sullivan has covered national politics for The Washington Post since 2012.
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