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Pasco school won't open for Alex Sink ad filming



Alex_HeadShotflorida1.jpgDemocratic candidate for Florida governor Alex Sink had hoped to film a campaign ad inside Pasco County's Gulf Middle School.

She wanted to do it on a weekend, when no one else was in the school. She offered to pay whatever the rental fee.

But the Pasco School Board would have none of it.

Without knowing which candidate had asked to use its school, the board unanimously rejected Sink's request.

"I personally don’t think the board ought to approve this one. I don’t want to set a precedent where we become a backdrop for campaigns of any kind," board member Joanne Hurley said.

Superintendent Heather Fiorentino told the board that the district had opened schools during non-student hours for members of Congress Ginny Brown-Waite and Gus Bilirakis. But those were for presentations on public matters, such as veterans benefits and student loans, and not for campaign activities.

"It was being utilized for our citizens," said Fiorentino, who backed the board's position. "That is the difference."

[Last modified: Tuesday, July 20, 2010 7:21pm]


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