Republican Former state Rep. Larry Crow of Palm Harbor has announced his candidacy for the congressional seat being vacated by C.W. Bill Young.
"I enter this race in a time when I believe the faith in our federal government is at its lowest point in my lifetime. People want consistency and leadership, not gamesmanship . I have been a leader in the Florida House as Chairman of the Judiciary which sought impeachment of errant judges. I have amassed a solid record as a moderate Republican during my tenure and believe that I can be a true representative and steward of the people of our district," said Crow, 53, who was elected to the Florida House in 1994 and served four terms.
"My record will also show that I am not a lemming who bows to the will of the majority. I stand for fiscal conservatism, protecting the environment , as well as protecting those less fortunate. I helped create the Statewide Public Guardianship Office with Gov. Jeb Bush to assist the mentally ill, many of whom are homeless," the Palm Harbor attorney. "I also led a successful drive to rid our children's playgrounds of arsenic treated wood. I was pleased to receive the 2002 Legislator of the Year award from the Sierra Club. And on that note let me state my continued opposition to expansion of oil drilling in the Gulf of Mexico. I continue to believe that one person can make a difference and pledge to do so. As a lifelong Pinellas resident, I believe I know the pulse of the community and will vote accordingly."
Crow will likely have to defend his representation of high profile clients, including a gambling interests and a voyeur Web site for people to watch women in a Tarpon Springs home.
Other potentional Republicans looking at the seat include Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, former Clearwater Mayor Frank Hibbard, former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker, County Commissioner Karen Seel, former County Commissioner Neil Brickfield, former Young general counsel David Jolly, and Young's son, Bill Young II. Democratic St. Petersburg lawyer Jessica Ehrich announced her candidacy months before Young's announced retirement, and other Democratic prospects include former chief financial officer Alex Sink, Pinellas County Commissioner Charlie Justice and Janet Long.