Congressman Crist speaks out on Alabama abortion bill as well as Russia’s attempt to hack into Florida elections.

WASHINGTON – There has been plenty going on the past two week’s in politics and Democratic Congressman Charlie Crist who represents St. Petersburg has not been shy about sharing his view.

Crist told News Talk Florida via email his position on the Alabama abortion bill. Here is that statement on passage in Alabama of the nation’s most restrictive abortion law which would outlaw abortions even in cases of rape or incest, and punishes doctors who perform abortions with up to 99 years in prison.

“For millions of women this a nightmare come true. The Alabama law says one thing and one thing only – that they do not trust women. They do not trust them with their own bodies, and they do not trust them to make the right decision for themselves and their families. It’s insulting, appalling, and unacceptable. 

“Wresting freedom away from women in Alabama, and similar actions in other states, is a warning shot to every woman in this country, a warning of an America where their bodies do not belong to them, and they are treated as second-class citizens.”

Meanwhile he issued a joint statement with Debbie Wasserman Schultz (FL-23) after receiving a classified Federal Bureau of Investigation briefing on a Russian intrusion into two Florida counties during the 2016 Election:

“The Russian intrusions revealed to Florida’s delegation today are deeply concerning, and investigators should not withhold this information from the real victims: voters in those two counties. This lack of transparency diminishes confidence in our election systems. It is also disappointing that then-Gov. Rick Scott chose to exploit and trivialize this now-documented assault on our state for political gain last year, despite the prudent and guarded warnings Sen. Nelson made at the time. Now a Senator himself, Rick Scott and most Republican leaders have done far too little to prevent this type of attack from ever happening again. By failing to act, Republicans leave our democracy vulnerable to the same type of attacks Florida witnessed. More must be done to protect our elections.”