Candidate Rick Kriseman blasts St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster
St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Rick Kriseman threw a fastball Tuesday at Mayor Bill Foster.Kriseman called Foster out a day after the mayor publicly said the Tampa Bay Rays can look at stadium sites in Hillsborough County.
“It's a shame that it takes the mayor's political future being on the line for him to care about the future of baseball in Tampa Bay," Rick Kriseman said in a statement Tuesday. “The reality is that he has already struck out on this issue. The election is in 21 days.”
Foster is battling Kriseman and Kathleen Ford in the Aug. 27 primary. The three candidates will square off Tuesday in a televised debate sponsored by the Times and Bay News 9.
Kriseman’s comments came in response to Foster saying he is no longer against the Rays looking at stadium sites outside the city.
In a meeting Monday with the Tampa Bay Times editorial board, Foster stressed that any deal with the Rays must protect taxpayers.
Three years ago, Foster adamantly refused a team request to look at sites in Hillsborough, citing a user agreement that binds the Rays to Tropicana Field through 2027.
“If your goal is keeping the Tampa Bay Rays in Tampa Bay until 2050, you have to let them look in Tampa,” he said Monday.
Foster and other city leaders have been quietly negotiating a deal with the Rays on an agreement.