(TCPALM) — Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder will step into the ring against U.S. Rep. Allen West as the hometown Republican candidate for a new proposed Treasure Coast-centric congressional seat.
Crowder announced Tuesday he will compete in the August Republican primary against West, a national conservative tea party icon from Plantation. The winner of that GOP primary might run into another out-of-towner moving north in Patrick Murphy, a 29-year-old Fort Lauderdale businessman touting an anti-Allen-West platform. Or another Democrat could emerge in a primary.
Both West and Murphy abandoned the Palm Beach-Broward County District 22 congressional race within the last two weeks to run in a proposed St. Lucie-Martin-north Palm Beach district. West uprooted because of how overwhelmingly Democratic District 22 would turn. Murphy followed along to stay on West’s heels and avoid a primary with former West Palm Beach Mayor Lois Frankel.
Crowder, 66, said Tuesday that the candidacy musical chairs didn’t sit well with him, and added that Treasure Coast voters don’t benefit from an outsider running locally for political reasons.