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Pinellas Democratic chair calls on Democrats to play nice in St. Petersburg mayoral race



ST. PETERSBURG -- Pinellas Democratic Chairman Ramsey McLauchlan is calling on party members to stick together.

"Since the latest poll shows that over 60% of the people were undecided in the race for Mayor in St. Petersburg, it seems that spreading a positive message about the candidate that you support is more helpful than attacking one of the other Democratic candidates," he wrote in an e-mail to members today. "In a race with so many candidates, your candidate (whomever that is) needs the voters to know more about them. Every conversation you have or e-mail you send should be directed toward moving your candidate forward. That is unless we want Foster against Gibbons in the runoff.
"Stop attacking the other Democrats -- this is the failed strategy that we have used so many times before," he continued. "Whichever Democrat you support, they need your help -- stay focused on the real prize -- winning!"

Mayoral hopeful Bill Foster and Deveron Gibbons are Republicans.

At least one member disagrees with McLauchlan.

Activist Alex Haak, whose bid for mayor ended when he forgot to turn in the proper qualifying papers, replied, "THANK GOD this is a NON PARTISEN election, so that this Democrat can back and support the most honest and sincere candidate in the race."

Haak supports Republican Larry Williams.

Cristina Silva, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:00pm]


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