Nehr's debts become campaign issue
TARPON SPRINGS — Banks have filed three lawsuits against state Rep. Peter Nehr in recent months as the Republican tries to balance his failing business with a run for re-election.
The freshman lawmaker has put his retail flag shop on Tarpon Springs' tourist strip up for sale. The trouble comes as he faces the opponent he narrowly defeated in 2006 to represent northeast Pinellas County and a part of Pasco County.
"I'm not blaming anybody," Nehr said Monday when asked about the lawsuits filed in Pinellas-Pasco Circuit Court. "I take full responsibility for what I did. I got myself into this mess, and I will get myself out."
So far, attorneys and the 56-year-old lawmaker nearly settled one debt, but two banks say he is delinquent on loans and owes at least $45,500. (story here)