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Dick Greco: There's nothing I would have done differently



Tampa mayoral candidate Dick Greco said a pretty remarkable thing in a Political Connections interview that aired Sunday on Bay News 9. In his four terms as mayor, Greco can't think of a single decision or action that he regrets or would have done differently. Not one.

Not quitting in the middle of his second term in 1974 to work for a shopping mall developer. Not the Centro Ybor deal that put Tampa taxpayers on the hook for loads of debt after the developer defaulted. Not even the scandal that saw Tampa housing chief Steve LaBrake and LaBrake's wife sent to prison for multiple bribery and other convictions.

"When you've accomplished all of these things and somebody runs against you that maybe has never done anything, they're going to bring up something like Steve LaBrake," Greco said in the taped interview airing today at 11 a.m. and 8 p.m.

"There was no way in the world we could have proven his innocence or guilt when it took the government nearly a year. (LaBrake) came in and said, 'I did nothing wrong,' started to cry, and said, 'I've never made anybody happy since I've been born.' I have to respect that."

Bright House customers can check out the full Greco interview and an interview with Ed Turanchik on Bay News 0 on Demand, Ch. 342.



[Last modified: Monday, January 24, 2011 4:21pm]


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