Alex Haak pledges to give mayoral salary to poor
ST. PETERSBURG -- Political activist Alex Haak has become the second mayoral candidate to pledge to give his salary to the poor.
Homeless advocate and mayoral contender Paul Congemi made a similar campaign promise last year.
Haak, a former New Jersey mayor, released the following statement:
"When elected I will give my Mayors salary to the poor, homeless and active youth programs, not that my wife and I have extra money laying around, we live in a workings man neighbourhoud and Social Security. We are more blessed then some of us, and my believe in our savior brings me to this decision. I am a strong advocate of both former President Kennedy and President Obama; they both believe in what you can do for your Country. I know during the second world war and the German occupation many people died of starvation (Haak was born in the Netherlands) or maybe it is because, I lost halve of my family, or maybe losing my mother at age 12 during that time, I really do not know, but I have dedicated my entire live to helping others. All I know is; our Lord has directed me on this pad and it has been a happy one, so why chance now, especialy so, at these hard times right now, I know with President Obama at the helm, better days are coming."
This is the second press release Haak has sent out since he announced his candidacy. The typos are his, not ours.
Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer