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This tea party isn't what politicos expected



The flap over petition-gathering for Pinellas County Commission candidate Beverley Billiris, as seen in today's story about students in a federally funded program by a nonprofit agency being used to collect signatures for Billiris, has another offshoot.

The supervisor of the WorkNet Pinellas program, Robyn Poppick, Billiris' opponent Commissioner Susan Latvala and Billiris are all expected at the annual English tea event for the North Pinellas Historical Museum on Saturday, even at the same table.

Everyone says they'll be civil. But Latvala said she declined Poppick's offer to help gather signatures to get on this year's ballot. And Jack Latvala, Susan's former husband, did tweet: "Just when we thought Acorn-like campaigning on taxpayer dollars was behind us!"

David DeCamp, Times staff writer


[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 12:28pm]


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