Tea party leader Wilkinson cites residency qualms, mulls third-party challenge to Allen Westby George Bennett | February 15th, 2012
Wilkinson, a former Republican who’s now registered with no party affiliation, says he agrees with West on most issues but thinks the newly drawn Palm Beach-Treasure Coast congressional District 18 should have a local candidate. West lives in Broward County, but announced Jan. 31 that he’ll leave his Palm Beach-Broward district to run in District 18.
“Congressman West doesn’t live in this district. I’ve lived in this district four years,” said Wilkinson, whose group has had West as a speaker at some of its major rallies. “There’s local people in politics that may have considered running in that district who live there. Why shouldn’t they?”
Martin County Sheriff Robert Crowder also cited concerns about West’s Broward County residency when he announced Tuesday that he plans to run against West in a GOP primary for the District 18 seat.
Wilkinson says he’ll make a decision about running in the next few weeks.
The likely Democratic candidate for District 18, Patrick Murphy, lives in Fort Lauderdale.