Five St. Petersburg City Council members and deputy mayor endorse Crist
A majority of the St. Petersburg City Council endorsed former governor Charlie Crist for Congress Thursday in a ceremony-- complete with podium and a fan being powered by an aide's idling car---outside City Hall.
Darden Rice, Jim Kennedy, Karl Nurse and Lisa Wheeler-Brown threw their support behind Crist, who is currently battling former Obama administration official Eric Lynn for the Democratic nomination in the 13th Congressional District.
Council chairwoman Amy Foster wasn't at the event, but also endorsed Crist, according to a news release.
Crist, said Rice, was the right candidate to cut through the "obstruction" and "partisan battles" in Washington, D.C.
The former governor is non-partisan, cooperative and listens to people, said Kennedy.
He supports education and environmental progress, said Nurse.
And, perhaps, most interestingly, Crist, a veteran politician whose public career stretches back nearly 25 years, represents a fresh face for the nation's capital, said Wheeler-Brown.
As a new council member, Wheeler-Brown said, she knows the importance of "new leadership."
Crist said he's delighted with a recent poll showing him with a 60-point lead over Lynn, but won't rest on his laurels.
Mayor Rick Kriseman and council member Charlie Gerdes have endorsed Lynn. Council member Steve Kornell hasn't made a public endorsement.
After the event, Deputy Mayor Kanika Tomalin announced her endorsement of Crist.