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Tom McKone slams Peter Nehr on dating ad

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Tom McKone, the Democrat and East Lake Fire District commissioner, continued his slams Wednesday on how Rep. Peter Nehr, R-Tarpon Springs, spends his time representing Pinellas-Pasco House District 48.

For starters, McKone said Nehr hasn't gotten "any significant legislation passed." McKone said he'd work to get a special taxing district set up to set aside property tax money in East Lake, for example.

McKone also questioned Nehr's use of Match.com dating service, particularly a since-changed profile with Nehr in front of the seal of Florida. The discussion in an editorial board meeting with the Times included this:

"I don 't go out and say, 'I'm East Lake Fire Commission Chairman, go eat at Kentucky Fried Chicken,' " McKone said.

The critique largely dovetailed with the campaign debate reported in this Times' story Sunday.

McKone said the district is "crying out" for help, though many of his issues -- local property tax use, library improvement -- seemed geared toward a County Commission bid as much as state government. 

McKone was a bit more circumspect about his work history with WorkNet Pinellas, where he left in 2002 as an investigation brewed into the no-profit's use of funding. McKone wasn't mentioned in the departure of the executive director but said he left by "mutual agreement" without saying whether he was fired or resigned. He said some of his complaints and disagreements fed into the investigation, a point echoed in Times coverage that year.

David DeCamp, Times staff writer

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[Last modified: Thursday, September 16, 2010 3:42pm]

    

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