Thursday, September 20, 2018
  • Bay Buzz
  • From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

Did Rick Baker speak out about Charlotttesville? Democratic ad suggests he didn’t. But Baker did say something

The Florida Democratic Party on Friday released a new ad attacking Rick Baker.

Entitled "Changed Man," it portrays the Republican former mayor as a Trump lackey who lies about his opponent, Mayor Rick Kriseman.

Except the 30-second ad has some problems of its own.

The ad has Baker's face share the screen with white supremacists and Nazis while criticizing Baker for remaining silent about Trump's comments about the violence in Charlottesville in August.

"Baker never took a stand," the narrator says.

Baker never condemned Trump by name, but he did say "ever public official at every level" should condemn white supremacy in a statement about the violence, which was noted in the Tampa Bay Times. Below is the statement Baker made in August about Charlottesville:

"Every American, including every public official at every level, has the moral obligation to reject and condemn the White Supremacists, KKK, Neo-Nazis and all others who promote racism. These groups trade in hatred and are responsible for the violence in Charlottesville, period." – Rick Baker

Baker also attended a vigil on St. Petersburg's waterfront at which Kriseman spoke.

The ad proceeds to blast Baker for dishonesty for his campaign's ad last week, which incorrectly stated that Kriseman didn't attend a NAACP event earlier this month. Baker's political action committee, Seamless Florida, later revised the ad to say the mayor had insulted the civil rights organization after the Times wrote a story.

The Democratic Party ad, which begins by asserting Baker has changed for the worse, ends by asserting Baker's latest ad, which isn't named or described, as being "more of the same"

Baker's latest ad attacks Kriseman's chief of staff, Kevin King, detailing his 2001 arrest involving the solicitation of underage girls. King has declined to discuss the case, including its final disposition.  A judge sealed the file. He was never convicted of a crime. The Baker campaign has spent much of the week releasing statements urging the mayor to demand that King unseal the records.

The Democratic Party ad never explains what is false about the King ad. Here is the new TV spot.

Comments
Capin on Buckhorn and Ulele: ‘If it was his bust, he’d light it up.’

Capin on Buckhorn and Ulele: ‘If it was his bust, he’d light it up.’

Tampa City Council member Yvonne Yolie Capin blasted Mayor Bob Buckhorn for his administration's decision to remove a bronze bust of Ulele, a mythical Indian princess, from the city's Riverwalk this week.Capin, who has clashed with the mayor over the...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Pinellas commission candidate Amy Kedron loses support from council member and commissioner

Pinellas commission candidate Amy Kedron loses support from council member and commissioner

Pinellas County Commission candidate Amy Kedron has lost a key endorsement from one of the few elected officials who publicly supported her campaign.St. Petersburg City Council member Gina Driscoll said she pulled her endorsement after Kedron told th...
Updated: 4 hours ago
Tampa City Council approves liquour and rezoning for Stovall House making it private club

Tampa City Council approves liquour and rezoning for Stovall House making it private club

It took nearly 13 hours over three weeks, but developer Blake Casper won City Council approval to convert the historic Stovall House on Bayshore Boulevard to a private club.On Thursday, council members listened to nearly six hours of testimony on the...
Updated: 8 hours ago
Buckhorn says Tampa City Council playing politics with budget

Buckhorn says Tampa City Council playing politics with budget

Mayor Bob Buckhorn's hot take from watching Monday's City Council budget hearing?"I think, unfortunately, reality met election year politics," said the mayor on Tuesday.The City Council voted unanimously to delay final approval of the city's more tha...
Published: 09/18/18
Updated: 09/19/18
DeSantis’s school visit is “not a campaign stop,” Hillsborough district says

DeSantis’s school visit is “not a campaign stop,” Hillsborough district says

Social media this morning was abuzz with questions about gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis's planned 2 p.m. visit to Franklin Boys Preparatory Academy, a public middle school in Hillsborough County.Educators are asking: Wouldn't this be a violatio...
Published: 09/18/18
Bronze bust of Princess Ulele hauled away before dawn from Tampa Riverwalk

Bronze bust of Princess Ulele hauled away before dawn from Tampa Riverwalk

TAMPA — With only a moving crew as witnesses, an 1,800 pound bronze bust of Native American Princess Ulele was hoisted up and hauled away before dawn Tuesday under orders from the city of Tampa.The sculpture was installed in December on ci...
Published: 09/18/18
Tampa City Council rejects Buckhorn budget over health care costs

Tampa City Council rejects Buckhorn budget over health care costs

TAMPA — The city's $1 billion-plus city budget was put on hold Monday evening by a City Council determined to strike a better deal for Tampa employees on health care costs.After a sometimes tense 2 ½ hour hearing, the City Council delayed ...
Published: 09/17/18
Updated: 09/18/18
Pinellas commission will let St. Petersburg use some tax dollars to develop Trop site

Pinellas commission will let St. Petersburg use some tax dollars to develop Trop site

The Pinellas County Commission agreed last week to let St. Petersburg direct about $115 million in tax dollars to help redevelop 86 acres around Tropicana Field, regardless if the Rays move to Tampa or not.With a 5-1 vote, the commission approved May...
Published: 09/17/18
Skyway 10K glitch overcharged some, but could open race spots for others

Skyway 10K glitch overcharged some, but could open race spots for others

ST. PETERSBURG — Jen Corn's phone alarm went off at 12:45 p.m. Thursday. She had 15 minutes until registration for the Skyway 10K went live.What the 46-year-old Bradenton resident didn't realize was that tens of thousands of people across the b...
Published: 09/14/18
In second year, Skyway 10K nearly sells out in just 20 minutes

In second year, Skyway 10K nearly sells out in just 20 minutes

ST. PETERSBURG — The second running of the Skyway 10K race nearly sold out when 7,500 tickets were sold within the first 20 minutes of registration on Thursday.Last year's inaugural 6.2-mile race across the Sunshine Skyway Bridge sold out ...
Published: 09/13/18