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Blair gets failing marks from activist group



TAMPA -- The growth management advocacy group U-CAN, or United Citizens' Action Network, is coming out with report cards on each Hillsborough County commissioner.

Surprise, Surprise: The group decided to do Republican Brian Blair's first, just in time for next week's election. And it gives him an 'F' in almost every category, as well as an overall 'F'.

Blair, who was chairman of the county's Environmental Protection Commission when it initially voted to eliminate wetlands protections, has been a frequent target of criticism from U-CAN members. He's also in a hard-fought reelection campaign against financial planner and Democrat Kevin Beckner.

Among other things, the report card takes Blair to task for his heavy support from building interests, advocacy for developers and his support of appointments with development ties to various boards. It also accuses him of being unwilling to meet with average citizens, meaning at least in part members of U-CAN.

Blair has described U-CAN as an extremist group in the past.

-- Bill Varian, Times Staff Writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:38am]


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