By FITSNEWS || S.C. Rep. Kris Crawford has resigned his seat in the S.C. House of Representatives.
The Florence, S.C. lawmaker – the longest-serving physician in the S.C. General Assembly – tells FITS his decision was motivated by a desire to spent more time with his family, more time working at his medical practice and more time enjoying his newest hobby, Brazilian Jiu jitsu.
Crawford – who was first elected to the House in 2006 – will step down immediately in an effort to expedite a special election for the District 63 seat. That’s interesting considering voters just reelected him to a fifth term last month.
A few years ago Crawford was viewed as a likely challenger to S.C. Sen. Hugh Leatherman – whose power over South Carolina politics has since become unrivaled. Of course shortly after signaling his intentions, Crawford was hit with allegations of tax fraud. In 2012, he was found guilty of failing to pay his taxes in a timely manner and forced to pay a $10,000 fine. Voters forgave him, though … electing him twice in the aftermath of the verdict.
But he never challenged Leatherman …
Sources in Florence tell former U.S. Congressional candidate Jay Jordan is mulling a bid for the seat. We suspect other names are likely to be bandied about in the coming days.
Not surprisingly, Crawford’s resignation fueled speculation of a possible connection to the ongoing federal-state investigation of corruption at the S.C. State House – which has already brought down former Speaker of the House Bobby Harrell and threatens to ensnare other powerful members of the legislature.
Is that speculation warranted? Not according to Crawford …
“I haven’t been contacted in any way about any probe or any similar thing,” Crawford told FITS, adding his decision was solely about “profession and family.”