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Soft jabs thrown in St. Petersburg mayor's race

The jabs are starting in the St. Petersburg mayor’s race.

 After Mayor Bill Foster boasted on Twitter Saturday about swimming at Jennie Hall Pool, challenger Rick Kriseman threw a punch.

 “Waiting to swim at Jennie Hall Pool. Great dedication of our historic pool,” Foster posted on Twitter.

In response, Kriseman’s camp issued a news release, saying “Foster once proposed closing Jennie Hall Pool as part of a plan to plug a $14 million deficit.”

Kriseman’s team called Foster’s event a campaign stunt. Foster eventually backed down from the plan after residents complained.

“The mayor is praising St. Petersburg’s city pools on the campaign trail after putting them on the chopping block and deeming them noncritical, said campain manager Cesar Fernandez. "The people of St. Petersburg can see right through this.”

Former City Council member Kathleen Ford is also in the race. She didn’t tweet about the Saturday event or issue a news release.

[Last modified: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 3:55pm]


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