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Pinellas Democrats take aim at St. Petersburg mayoral hopeful Deveron Gibbons



Pinellas Democrats have a new fundraising strategy: Go after the guy with all the money.

Mayoral hopeful Deveron Gibbons, who broke campaign fundraising records Friday, has become the organization's newest target.

Here's the e-mail Pinellas Democrats sent to supporters this weekend:

"The 2012 Presidential election may seem a long way off, but Mitt Romney isn't wasting time. In a move viewed by many as preparation his next Presidential bid, Gov. Romney has sold some of his many homes – trying to avoid the McCain  “How many homes do you own?” question. He has been traveling the county giving speeches and recruiting supporters for his '12 bid. Here in St. Petersburg, one the Romney Steering Committee members, Deveron Gibbons, is running for Mayor. He is hoping to setup a strong Romney organization in Pinellas County and the St. Petersburg/Tampa area. Former Romney staff has already been hired to run Gibbons' campaign. Between his strong support among lobbyists and the Republican establishment, Gibbons has been very successful pocketing money from around the state and in DC – raising over $60,000 from outside St. Petersburg. Don't let Mitt Romney take over St. Petersburg. Please help us defeat Romney/Gibbons!"

A spokesman for Gibbons' campaign declined to comment.

Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:49am]


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