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Tampa mayoral candidates trade jabs but draw laughs, too



In the words of Tampa City Council Chairman Tom Scott, the five mayoral wannabes "took off the gloves a little bit" during Tuesday night's live televised St. Petersburg Times-Bay News 9 debate. But there were also plenty of lighter moments during the 90-minute event:

"I won't go on because if I did, we'd be here 'til you all are as old as I am," said former Mayor Dick Greco, holding up a book detailing his accomplishments in office.

"I tell people that Rudy Giuliani had an easier time cleaning up Times Square than I did Dale Mabry," said former Tampa City Council member Bob Buckhorn, in response to whether his efforts to improve the city's image made him the "morality cop of Tampa."

"I would have made the six-foot rule three feet," said Buckhorn, as an example of what he wishes he had done more efficiently while in office. (He took heat for pushing Tampa's famous "six-foot rule" for lap dancers.)

"You know why they put a rearview mirror on a car? They're important," said Greco, on why looking to the past for guidance isn't always a bad thing.

"Being a female," said former Hillsborough County Commissioner Rose Ferlita, on what about her character sets her apart from her opponents.

"I could take five days talking about it," said former Hillsborough County Commissioner Ed Turanchik, explaining the difficulty in giving examples of his big leadership in just 30 seconds.

For full coverage of the debate, click here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, February 9, 2011 11:05am]


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