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HD58 Democratic primary race in Tampa gets nasty



The mud is flying in the Democratic race for the District 58 state House seat.

Questions have been raised about who actually lives in the district — Pat Kemp does, but Janet Cruz and Gil Sanchez don't. Others have made a stink about who speaks fluent Spanish, a skill only Sanchez can claim as he runs to represent the heavily Hispanic district.

Kemp supporters have latched on to news that Cruz had real estate dealings with a man now serving 26 years in prison for mortgage fraud and have circulated reports that Cruz claims a homestead exemption on a house she doesn't live in.

And Cruz supporters have responded that Kemp, a lawyer, represented her husband when he was charged in 1999 with child neglect after pulling their then-6-year-old son from the family van and leaving him on Hillsborough Avenue near the Interstate 275 on-ramp. Read the full story here.

[Last modified: Thursday, September 9, 2010 12:14pm]


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