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Vito Sheeley headed to Kriseman campaign?

Vito Sheeley, left,  appears headed to Mayor Rick Kriseman's reelection team

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Vito Sheeley, left, appears headed to Mayor Rick Kriseman's reelection team



Vito Sheeley has been newly-elected Congressman Charlie Crist's district director for two months after playing a key role in the former governor's succesful run for Congress. 

Sheeley remains in that post--for the time being.

But St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman has asked Crist if Sheeley will come work on his reelection campaign.

Sheeley, 44, a St. Petersburg native, said he's looking forward to working for Kriseman.  Sheeley was outreach director during Crist's victory last fall over incumbent Republican David Jolly.

"I'm excited at the possibility," Sheeley said. But he hasn't talked to Kriseman or the mayor's campaign manager, Tom Alte, yet. 

Alte said the Kriseman campaign wasn't planning on hiring anyone for at least another month.

"Lucky to have his support personally and he's well respected," Alte texted Tuesday.

So far, the only person Sheeley has talked to about the possible move is Crist.

"Congressman Crist and Mayor Kriseman spoke (Sunday) regarding the Mayor's interest in having Vito on his team as he is up for re-election this year.  While it is a sacrifice for our office, Congressman Crist gave his blessing to Vito joining the Mayor's team," wrote Crist spokeswoman Erin Moffet. 

"I'm kind of surprised this got out so quickly, but that's the business I'm in," Sheeley said.


[Last modified: Tuesday, January 17, 2017 4:57pm]


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