Perennial candidate throws his hat into ring for St. Pete Mayor
Paul Congemi ran for mayor of St. Petersburg in 2009 and 2013. This week, he announced he's gearing up for a third try.
Congemi, 60, netted 119 votes in the 2009 mayoral primary, finishing last in a field of 10 in a race eventually won by Bill Foster.
In 2013, Congemi finished last in a field of five in the primary with 225 votes in a race won by Mayor Rick Kriseman.
So what's his platform this time around? Apparently, a strong antipathy for liberals and the gay community.
In an email early Monday morning, Congemi wrote that he is running again because St. Petersburg under Kriseman has become an immoral place.
"mr.kriseman is a man who endorses immorality just like obama the united states supreme court.he panders to the homosexual community and uses all left wing organizations to his advantage just for a vote ," Congemi wrote in an email to the Tampa Bay Times.
In past runs, Congemi has been described as a homeless advocate, a retired builder and a singer-songwriter.
He made the news in 2009 when he was banned from a KFC on 34th Street N for cursing out several custormers. When police arrived, he told the officers not to touch him or they would be fired when he became mayor. At a later political forum, he said firing the officers wouldn't have been an abuse of power, but "justice."
Congemi justified his latest run by saying Kriseman, along with other "liberals", had turned the United States of America into a "United States of Perversion."
Congemi was the first person to announce for mayor in 2009 and 2013. This year, he might have finished first in that race as well. Kriseman, widely expected to run for reelection, hasn't officially announced. Staff at the city clerk's office couldn't immediately confirm if anyone else has opened a campaign account.