Gibbons campaign says candidate's license was never suspended
The Deveron Gibbons campaign reacted to a Politifact ruling about Gibbons' driving record Saturday by saying Gibbons' license has never been suspended. As proof, Gibbons campaign manager Nick Hansen provided the St. Petersburg Times with a letter from the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. The letter, which you can read here, indeed suggests Gibbons' license was never suspended in the state.
The letter is at odds with much more complete Pinellas County records, which record seven different license suspensions, all for either failing to pay a fine, not attending a defensive driving course, or failing to renew a vehicle registration.
At first blush, it appears that either the county records are wrong, or the letter is a mistake.
Look for an update once governments reopen Monday.
UPDATE: We're continuing to examine the driving record of Deveron Gibbons and the seeming discrepancies between state and county records. We hope to have more on the story soon. Stay tuned.
Aaron Sharockman, Times Staff Writer