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Deveron Gibbons = Rick Baker job security?

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Board2 So here's what I want to know about this Rick Baker-replacing-Carl Kuttler talk: Might Deveron Gibbons parlay that into a mayoral endorsement?

We know that Ken Burke doesn't like the idea of Baker as St. Petersburg College's next president, and we surmise that fellow trustees Terry Brett and Dick Johnston would be amenable to Baker as president. Evelyn Bilirakis could be a wild card, leaving Gibbons as a swing vote with serious sway over a soon-to-be unemployed lawyer and former mayor.

Does that point to a Baker endorsement of Gibbons? Or does that make it impossible for Baker to endorse Gibbons without looking self-serving? Just pondering out loud here.

UPDATE: We asked Gibbons this afternoon if he'd support Baker for the job. "I don't know," he said. "I really want to see all the candidates before I start saying that."

Adam Smith, Times Political Editor

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