Pinellas GOP chief backs Brickfield
It looks like Jane Gallucci won't have the help of the local GOP in her bid for the District 1 County Commission seat being vacated by Ronnie Duncan.
Pinellas Republican chief Tony DiMatteo has already made a token donation to Gallucci's opponent, his former vice chairman Neil Brickfield. And DiMatteo told Bay Buzz that the executive committee will likely make some formal endorsements next month. You can put money on the group backing Brickfield if it endorses someone.
In the past DiMatteo has caught flak for choosing sides in a Republican primary but he defends the practice.
"I make no bones about it," he said. "I take sides."
--Will Van Sant, staff writer