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Introducing the Buck-O-Meter, Bob Buckhorn's campaign promise scorecard on PolitiFact Florida

TAMPA -- As a candidate for mayor, Bob Buckhorn made lots of clear, detailed and even bold promises, like this one from his campaign website:

"Bob will craft an ordinance in his first week that eliminates panhandling on major arterial and collector streets in Tampa."

He didn’t. Not in his first week, and not since. Count that as a Promise Broken.

"I knew that was coming," Buckhorn said in an interview last week. "Yes." Pause. "That was not done in the first week."

Now Tampa voters can track Buckhorn’s performance on this and other campaign promises with the Buck-O-Meter, a new accountability project being launched by PolitiFact Florida, the fact-checking website of the St. Petersburg Times.

The Buck-O-Meter will compare Candidate Buckhorn’s intentions with Mayor Buckhorn’s follow-through on at least 33 promises.

To read more about the Buck-O-Meter, go to

To follow all of Buckhorn's ratings, go to

[Last modified: Friday, May 27, 2011 6:49pm]


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