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Master salesman Dick Greco seeks a fifth term as mayor, but has his product passed its use-by date?



TAMPA — Someone else might have kept his mouth shut.

Not Dick Greco.

At a candidates forum in Seminole Heights, Greco's sometime friend and longtime irritant, Bob Buckhorn, was grousing about going gray.

"Bob, don't worry about the gray hair. Mine is gray, too," the 77-year-old Greco said. But he said he colors his medium brown.

"Always use the gloves," he added, "or your fingers turn black."

Big laugh. Point for Greco.

This is Dick Greco at his best, charming his way past problematic issues like his age. Yes, some of his ad-libs miss, like when he compared a race riot to a panty raid. But he connects often, and remains one of Tampa Bay's most successful politicians.

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[Last modified: Saturday, February 19, 2011 8:07pm]


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