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Ex-commissioner Blair files lawsuit against Beckner, alleging defamation



TAMPA -- Ousted Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair filed a libel lawsuit today in Hillsborough County Circuit Court against Kevin Beckner, who beat him in the November election.

Blair claims Beckner made false and defamatory statements that exposed him to "hatred, contempt and ridicule.'' He says the statements accuse him of self-dealing, taking action to harm women and children and supporting racism.

The lawsuit references mailers and campaign literature attacking Blair's record as a county commissioner. Attempts to reach Beckner were not immediately successful.

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-- Bill Varian, Times staff writer

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:46am]


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