Richardson says he's out as write-in candidate for mayor; now supports Greco
TAMPA – Businessman Arthur Richardson III says he is discontinuing his efforts to campaign for mayor of Tampa as a write-in candidate and now supports former mayor Dick Greco.
Richardson, 32, who lives in New Tampa, told the St. Petersburg Times editorial board he made the decision after having Cuban coffee with Greco early this week. Greco, who is seeking his fifth term as mayor, said the two talked at Mr. Empanada, which is near Greco’s campaign headquarters on W Kennedy Boulevard.
Both men said they first met at an Ybor City candidates forum on Jan. 14. Other than that first meeting, Greco said his only other meeting with Richardson was for coffee.
Greco said Richardson told him he decided “it wasn’t his time right now” and did not ask for anything or want anything from Greco in exchange for supporting him.
As of Wednesday morning, Richardson had not filed any paperwork to withdraw his candidacy, Hillsborough County Supervisor of Elections spokesman Travis Abercrombie said.