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Foster gets help from Republican Party of Florida




The Republican Party is now helping St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster.


The party’s regional field director in the area is helping Foster’s team canvass neighborhoods on weekends, Chris Martin joined up with Foster’s team last week, the mayor said.

Foster has repeatedly blasted challenger Rick Kriseman for accepting more than $30,000 in help from the state Democratic Party in the nonpartisan race. The party pays the salary for Kriseman’s campaign manager.

Cesar Fernandez, Kriseman’s campaign manager, called Foster a hypocrite for accepting the GOP help.

“Bill Foster once criticized Rep. Kriseman for making this race partisan,” Fernandez said. “The same Bill Foster now has a high profile political operative from the Republican Party of Florida working on his campaign. This is the Foster formula of saying one thing and doing another.”

Foster scoffed at the accusation.

“Mr. Kriseman has been supported by the Democratic Party from day one,” Foster said. “Some offer of assistance from the Republican Party was inevitable. My desire was to keep this nonpartisan.”



[Last modified: Friday, September 27, 2013 4:09pm]


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