Crotty Starts With Advantage In Commission Bid

Movers and shakers are talking about a run by Crotty for the County Commission. Not that Crotty, but his brother Pete.

By Jacob Engels

Pete Crotty has been receiving words of encouragement to seek the soon to be vacant seat now held by Commissioner Pete Clarke, who is resigning to seek the Orange County Mayor’s post.

Orlando Rising confirmed Crotty’s intentions to mount a campaign in an exclusive last week. Mr. Crotty is well known throughout the heart of District 3 for his community activities, as well as his support for sports teams and local schools.

What makes Crotty a particularly credible candidate is his last name.

Former County Mayor, State Senator, State Representative and Property Appraiser Rich Crotty has spent a lifetime in public office and still maintains some name ID from those years. Name identification is the greatest commodity in politics, and those without name ID must spend vast sums of money to obtain it.

Pete Crotty would start from the get with significant name ID. Having the same last name as the brother of Rich Crotty is a double-edged sword.

Old opponents tend to come out of the woodwork for a political battle such as this, and we will have to see how Pete Crotty crafts his message in the coming months.

Will he be a familiar name with a different approach that reaches the same goals… or a carbon copy of his brother?

Longtime political consultant Doug Guetzloe is backing Pete Crotty, though he said he is not a fan of his brother Rich Crotty.

“Pete is an exceptionally qualified candidate with great life experiences and is truly a nice guy, which is rare in politics,” Guetzloe stated. “I’d support him if he runs,” he concluded.

The election will be held in 2018.


Jacob Engels is an Orlando based journalist whose work has been featured and republished in news outlets around the globe including Politico, InfoWars, MSNBC, Orlando Sentinel, New York Times, Daily Mail UK, Associated Press, People Magazine, ABC, and Fox News to name a few. Mr. Engels focuses on stories that other news outlets neglect or willingly hide to curry favor among the political and business special interests in the state of Florida.