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Ex-commissioner Brian Blair capitalizing on name recognition in state House race



He's a former professional wrestler with a Bumble Bee alter ego. (On his campaign website, he's selling autographed wrestling pictures in the Brian Blair Store.) After losing re-election to the Hillsborough County Commission, he unsuccessfully sued his opponent for libel. And after a predawn altercation with his son, he was arrested on child abuse charges that were later dropped.

But Brian Blair is a contender in the four-way Republican primary for the District 47 state House seat.  Blair, 53, is up against Irene Guy, 60, a retired lobbyist for Verizon; James Grant, 27, the son of former state Sen. John Grant; and Tom Aderhold, 66, owner of a human resources company. "Brian Blair certainly has the best name ID and is formidable with that alone," said Republican political consultant Chris Ingram, who is backing Grant in the contest. Read more about it here.

Janet Zink, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:41pm]


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