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St. Petersburg activist Theresa "Momma Tee" Lassiter lashses at Foster detractors

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September

One of Mayor Bill Foster’s biggest supporters in the black community says the fight is on for votes in the Midtown neighborhood.

Activist Theresa “Momma Tee” Lassiter wrote two lengthy statements praising Foster for the work he has done since taking office in 2010. One statement resembles talking points Foster uses at forums. The other refutes what she calls “lies about” the mayor.

Her decrees come days after mayoral hopeful Rick Kriseman won support from Goliath Davis, an influential African-American who once served as police chief and deputy mayor.

She predicts Foster will win the election and black vote on Nov. 5. Lassiter said she’s tired of politicians showing up in Midtown every four years making empty promises in exchange for votes. She pointed to Kriseman.

“He’s not telling us any new ideas,” she said. “Where is his vision? He doesn’t have any. He’s nothing but a rubber stamp.”

Still, Kriseman won the votes in the predominantly African-American neighborhoods south of Central Avenue in the Aug. 27 primary.

He blanketed the area with mailers and ran television ads to reintroduce himself to voters. He served on the City Council before heading to the Florida House for six years and did not seek re-election in 2012.

“I’m proud of the outpouring of support that I have received in Midtown, as well as all across our city,” Kriseman said. “The people sent a message, loud and clear, in August that it’s time for decisive leadership in City Hall. I will keep communicating my vision of a St. Petersburg with more jobs, better schools, and stronger neighborhoods in weeks to come.”

Lassiter said she heard “rumbles in the street” once Davis backed Kriseman. She described the rumbles as “lies and attacks on Bill.”
She said many “wanna-be black leaders” are using the election as a crutch to angle for power

“It’s about a power struggle and personal agendas,” she said. “It’s all about what they can get.”

She then added: “I will be so glad when this election ends.”

[Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 1:34pm]

    

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