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St Pete Mayor: Kathleen Peters more electable than David Jolly for US House



Looks like the last three mayors of St. Petersburg are totally divided on who should succeed the late C.W. Bill Young in Congress.

St. Petersburg Mayor-elect Rick Kriseman is helping raise money for fellow Democrat Alex Sink to fill the Pinellas congressional seat.

Former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker appears in a TV ad for Republican David Jolly, as well as a mailer that hit mailboxes today: "David Jolly knows Pinellas and has worked to support Congressman Young's  many efforts -- from industry to tourism to the support of our veterans," Baker is quoted saying in the flier.

Now comes a fundraising email from outgoing St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster on behalf of fellow Republican Kathleen Peters:

...Kathleen is one of us. She is a Pinellas insider, NOT a Washington insider. I worked closely with Kathleen as our State Representative for Western St. Petersburg and as a fellow mayor of South Pasadena. But even before that, she was a Cub Scout leader, soccer and little league mom, involved with the YMCA, and a volunteer for too many charities to mention. In short, Kathleen Peters has demonstrated her love and commitment to Pinellas County by her actions.

Another reason I support Kathleen is because I believe she is the Republican candidate with the best chance of beating Alex Sink. Bill Young was the longest serving Republican in Congress and we must keep his seat in our party's hands as we head toward next November. Kathleen has roots in our community and has no big liabilities for the Democrats to focus on.

In our recent Mayor's race the Democrats used resources they had amassed from all around the state. We can be sure that they will go one step further and will draw money from throughout the country to win this special election. Kathleen won a swing district for our party in the tough 2012 election and I have no doubt she can win again. We cannot let Nancy Pelosi become Speaker of the House. The stakes are too high...

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 10, 2013 10:18pm]


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