Tracy “T.O.” Crane, former candidate, endorses Gerald Dial in Ag Commissioner runoff

Sen. Gerald Dial (R-Lineville)

A former Republican candidate for the Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries, Tracy “T.O.” Crane threw his support behind Gerald Dial in the office’s runoff election on Wednesday.

Crane, who failed to garner enough votes to win the nomination, made the decision to endorse  Dial over Rick Pate after assessing the two runoff candidates’ experience, background, and vision for Alabama’s largest industry – agriculture and forestry.

“Gerald Dial is an honorable man who will fight the status quo at the Department of Agriculture and Industries,” stated Crane. “I support Gerald Dial in the Republican runoff election on July 17, and I ask my 55,000 supporters to do the same. With Gerald Dial, we can count on food safety and economic growth being at the top of his agenda.”

Crane is a 5th-generation farmer from north Jefferson County. He worked for the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for almost twenty years out of the Birmingham, Ala. field office. Early in his career, he worked with the Office of Independent Counsel on the Whitewater Investigation in Little Rock, Ark., which investigated President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton.

“Tracy Crane is one of the leading experts of food safety in the world. His endorsement of my campaign is important to every Alabama family that cares about the safety of our food, a major component of the Agriculture Commissioner’s job,” commented Dial.

Dial faces Pate in the July 17 runoff election. In the primary, Pate took home 40.37 percent of the vote, to Dial’s 29.98 percent.

“When you go vote on July 17th, keep your family’s safety in mind and vote for Gerald Dial for Commissioner of Agriculture and Industries. Alabama can’t afford any other choice,” Crane concluded.