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At Rowdies celebration, Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker stand together, but for how much longer?

Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker were unified in support of the Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS bid Tuesday.

Charlie Frago

Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker were unified in support of the Tampa Bay Rowdies MLS bid Tuesday.

ST. PETERSBURG — They chatted. Shared a stage. And both of them touted the landslide vote for the Tampa Bay Rowdies' bid to join Major League Soccer while they pressed the flesh with the Rowdies' faithful at Al Lang Stadium as the election results came in Tuesday night.

Mayor Rick Kriseman and former mayor Rick Baker both kept it diplomatic when asked about their widely anticipated face-off in the mayor's race this fall. Baker hasn't officially entered, of course, but the race could begin in earnest any time now that Baker's push for a special city election to allow Al Lang to be upgraded to MLS standards netted 87 percent of the vote.

Kriseman, however, wasn't interested in discussing politics at Tuesday's rally.

“You know, today is all about the Rowdies," the incumbent said. "Today is all about MLS. That’s for another day. Today we are celebrating a great victory for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. A great victory for St. Petersburg and we’re looking forward to an MLS franchise in St. Petersburg."

As Kriseman spoke, Baker lingered nearby waiting for TV news crews to finish interviewing the mayor.

Baker followed suit.

“My answer is the same as Mayor Kriseman’s," Baker said. "I think that tonight is all about the Rowdies."

But Tuesday is over. What comes next for these two?

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 3, 2017 2:12pm]

    

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