Who is Harry Sargeant? Florida Republican financial powerhouse, close friend of Charlie Crist, oil billionaire
Times senior correspondent Lucy Morgan has a profile of Harry Sargeant III in Friday's Tampa Bay Times. Read the whole story here. An excerpt:
Who is Harry Sargeant III?
A plaque at the Pi Kappa Alpha House on campus calls him "the most powerful man no one knows.'' The moniker comes from a 2008 Miami Herald story that noted his friendship with Crist and his wide-ranging business interests.
Sargeant, 55, is a billionaire former Marine fighter pilot, the owner of an oil and asphalt shipping company with global businesses including aviation companies and an oil refinery.
And in the tangled world of Florida politics, Sargeant is a Republican financial powerhouse.
He has long supported Crist while also helping former party chairman Jim Greer, despite the animosity between Greer and Crist since Greer was charged with stealing money from the GOP in 2010. Crist, now a Democrat considering an attempt to return to the Governor's Mansion, says Sargeant remains a close friend.
Campaign finance records show Sargeant has donated more than $1.5 million to Florida politicians and the state Republican Party since 2000, the year Crist ran for education commissioner.