It’s getting crowded on the GOP side of the 12th CD race:
Former hard-hitting local talk show Ben Crystal, who used the name Ben Bennett on the air, says he will run as a Republican for the 12th Congressional District seat held by Savannah Democrat John Barrow.
Crystal, known for his outspoken, sharp rhetoric, was fired by WBMQ 630 AM in September 2006. The termination came shortly after Bennett and the station’s owners settled a defamation lawsuit with Chatham County Commissioner Harris Odell.
Crystal, 37, describes himself as a conservative. Former congressional aide John Stone of Augusta and Savannah mechanical engineer Ray McKinney also are seeking the GOP nomination.