Former Tampa mayor Dick Greco is in Romney's corner
TAMPA - Former Tampa Mayor Dick Greco, a Democrat who has backed mostly Republicans for years but also backed a no-party Charlie Crist in 2010, is one of the co-chairs of a new Democrats for Romney organization. The other three co-chairs are Barney Bishop, who was executive director of the Florida Democratic Party in the early 1990s but more recently has been a lobbyist and executive director of Associated Industries of Florida; Panama City Mayor Greg Brudnicki; and former state Rep. Roger Wishner of Sunrise. In 1998, Greco backed Democrat Buddy MacKay, an old friend, in MacKay's failed bid for governor against Jeb Bush. Later, however, Greco backed Bush for re-election in 2002 and George W. Bush for president in 2000 and 2004. In 2006, he backed Crist in his successful campaign for governor against Tampa Democrat Jim Davis, and when Crist announced he was leaving the GOP in 2010 to run for U.S. Senate as a no-party candidate against Marco Rubio, Greco stayed with Crist.