(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.
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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.