Traviesa to run Gallagher campaign in area

By Times Staff Writer
Published January 20, 2006

BRANDON - Republican gubernatorial candidate Tom Gallagher announced Thursday that state Rep. Trey Traviesa of Tampa will serve as his campaign director for Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough and Polk counties.

Traviesa joined Republican state Reps. Ed Homan of Tampa and John Stargel of Lakeland and state House Majority Leader Andy Gardiner of Orlando at a news conference in Brandon, touting Gallagher as the conservative and best-tested Republican choice for governor.

Other veteran Hillsborough Republican activists helping Gallagher include Mark Proctor, April Schiff, Dee Williams, Patty McClure, and Roy and Barbara Wilcox. Mike Griffin of Tampa will lead a statewide coalition of young professionals helping Gallagher.

Republican Attorney General Charlie Crist of St. Petersburg is the front-runner in Tampa Bay, but Gallagher is campaigning particularly hard to win over religious conservatives.

"This is a big diverse region, and a lot of people are undecided. Tom's got a great shot to do very well here, especially in eastern Hillsborough," Traviesa said.