During the past year, Greco has been quietly building a coalition of business, civic and political allies to back his bid, including GOP fundraiser and longtime friend Al Austin, philanthropist and businessman David Straz and John Sykes of Sykes Enterprises.
To run his campaign, Greco, a Democrat(?) who has supported Republicans, including Jeb Bush and George W. Bush, has also enlisted entrenched Republicans, presumably to siphon potential votes from Rose Ferlita, the only Republican in the nonpartisan race.
They include former state Rep. Trey Travesia, a conservative known for his anti-abortion stance, and Cameron Ross, who served as a campaign manager for Mike Prendergast, who lost a bid to unseat U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa, in the Nov. 2 elections. Greg Truax, a Tampa-based Republican activist who worked on former Gov. Charlie Crist’s gubernatorial and congressional bids, is also working on Greco’s campaign.