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Florida House candidate called a slumlord by tenants, former employees



CLEARWATER — While campaigning for the state House of Representatives, property owner and radio host Fabian Calvo has touted his skill in running a $20 million real estate company that spans the state.

"I am a successful small-businessman who believes state government should be run like a business," Calvo wrote in campaign literature. "This is the type of leadership that is needed in Tallahassee, leadership from the small business world, people that have created jobs, paid payrolls, balanced budgets."

Renters and former property managers of Calvo say that's precisely his problem. He's a slumlord, they say, alleging he fails to pay his debts and lets property degrade into disrepair. Two ex-employees are taking him to court.

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UPDATE: Calvo's Twitter feed, updated yesterday: "The demons in the left have tried to slander my name over the weekend, beware to those that stand up for truth, they are trying to break us"

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:03pm]


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