Candidate Paul Congemi upset over St. Pete Pride coverage
ST. PETERSBURG -- Mayoral hopeful Paul Congemi said he was upset about the coverage the St.Petersburg Times gave to the St. Pete Pride festival this weekend.
"It is not pride, it's shame," said Congemi, who pledged to follow in Mayor Rick Baker's footsteps if elected and not attend the event or sign the City Council's proclamation making June St. Pete Pride month.
"Homosexuality is an abomination, according to the Bible," Congemi said. "In my opinion, it's a perverted event, by perverted people. And something like that shouldn't be in the newspaper."
Three mayoral candidates participated in Saturday's Pride parade along Central Avenue: City Council member Jamie Bennett, former City Council member Kathleen Ford and real estate investor Scott Wagman.
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Heather Urquides, Times staff writer