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Bzzzzz: Defeated Hillsb Commish Blair, former wrestler, to run for House



Tb_blair_300 The House could soon become a more colorful chamber. Republican Brian Blair, former pro wrestler-turned Hillsborough County Commissioner, told the Tampa Tribune he plans to run for Rep. Kevin Ambler's seat (Ambler is running against Hillsborough Commish Jim Norman for Sen. Victor Crist's Tampa seat).

Blair used to wrestle, in a bee costume. (That's him at left) Ya don't see that resume item every day in state politics, right? Blair served on the county commission for four years (with fellow former commissioner Sen. Ronda Storms) before losing last year to Kevin Beckner.

But Blair could face opposition in the primary. And he's dealing with other recent issues that could provide fodder for opponents. Blair was arrested earlier this summer on a domestic violence charge - specifically, that he punched his sons. Charges were later dropped, after the state attorney concluded Blair was not the aggressor.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 3:57pm]


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