NEW ORLEANS (CBSMiami) — Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist, believed to be the leading candidate to take on Governor Rick Scott next year, will give the keynote address this weekend at the Louisiana Democratic Party’s annual fundraiser.

Crist will speak at the 2013 Jefferson-Jackson Dinner which will be held on Saturday night in New Orleans.

A slew of Louisiana’s Democratic elected officials are expected to attend, including U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu and U.S. Rep. Cedric Richmond.

Crist was a Republican when elected governor, a job he held from 2007 to 2011. In 2010, he ran as an independent in a three-way U.S. Senate race won by Republican Marco Rubio. Crist became a Democrat in 2012.

Crist hasn’t officially declared that he is running in the Democratic primary. Currently, state Senator Nan Rich is running for the Democratic Party nomination to face Governor Scott.

The Democratic Party doesn’t officially back any candidate until the primary is over and a nominee has been selected.

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