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St. Pete to Obama: City Key? Maybe, Obama says



ST. PETERSBURG--City officials want to give Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, a key to the city. Thing is, Obama's people aren't sure they want it.

City Council Member Karl Nurse said he called Obama's campaign earlier today about the proposal and staffers didn't immediately accept. Instead, they told Nurse that Obama's schedule was already planned, but they would get back to him.

Obama will hold a town hall-style meeting on the economy Friday at Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg. Nurse and several other city officials came up with the idea of giving Obama the key during the event while casually talking today.

Nurse, a Democrat who will attend Obama's meeting, said he hopes it works out, but if not, he understands.

"It is just a matter of whether it works in their schedule. You never know with presidential campaigns," said Nurse.

And if you're a Republican wondering whether John McCain will get the same honor, it's unclear. Mayor Rick Baker, after all, supported Mitt Romney. So if the former Massachusetts governor is named McCain's running mate, we're betting at Bay Buzz there will be keys all around...

UPDATE: (6:40) Nurse says Obama's people are still working on it. Nurse seems hopeful. We don't know what to think. Obama's staff haven't returned Bay Buzz's request for comment.


-Cristina Silva, Times Staff Writer


[Supporters line up in an alley near Senator Barack Obama's St. Petersburg campaign office on Central Avenue despite a late afternoon downpour. The crowd was there in hopes of securing a ticket to see Obama hold a town hall meeting at Gibbs High School. The office ran out of tickets within 45 minutes. Martha Rial,Times]

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 11:31am]


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