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Foster hobnobs with GOP elite

ST. PETERSBURG

Foster hobnobs with the GOP elite

St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster may not have been basking in the kind of praise earned last week by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, who local Republicans have been raving about for his deft handling of the Republican National Convention.

But Foster, a Republican himself, still enjoyed rubbing elbows with the party elite. His Facebook page shows him with Ann Romney at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a playground at All Children's Hospital on Wednesday. She brought many of her 18 grandchildren to the event.

"It was neat seeing her with all the kids," Foster said.

His Facebook page also shows him with Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan at a prayer service at St. Mary Our Lady of Grace in downtown St. Petersburg.

Though convention activities were centered in Tampa, Foster said delegates and visitors heaped praise on the Sunshine City. "Everyone I talk with says they want to come back," he said. "We want them to come back. I am trying to be a good host."

Rouson mixes with Democratic elite

State Rep. Darryl Rouson, D-St. Petersburg, schmoozed with former President Bill Clinton and former Gov. Charlie Crist at an Aug. 1 fundraiser for U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson at the Orlando home of trial lawyer John Morgan.

Crist's support of Nelson was a precursor to his endorsement of President Barack Obama in last Sunday's Tampa Bay Times, the most popular story on tampabay.com last week.

Times staff

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