Ethics arises as campaign issue for Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White

Challenger Les Miller has finally made an issue of Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White's controversial sexual discrimination trial, but White didn't stand idle.

At a debate at First Baptist Church of College Hill, White countered by citing Miller's failure to generate business for minority contractors during his tenure running minority business development at Tampa General Hospital.

White also ran a full-page ad in the Florida Sentinel Bulletin laying the blame for the Tampa-Hillsborough Urban League's demise at the feet of Miller, one of the league's former board members.

A third Democratic primary opponent for the District 3 County Commission seat, Valerie Goddard, also questioned White's ethics. She may be his next target.

A lot of pundits believe White's aggressive campaign tactics will result in victory, but one observer wants to bet me dinner at Bern's that Miller will win. That's a little rich for my blood, plus I'm not a gambling man. …

Hillsborough circuit judge candidate Zilia Vasquez became the first local judicial candidate in recent memory to run a TV commercial, which either says a lot about her qualifications or a lot about how her deep-pocket supporters feel about incumbent Liz Rice. …

Seen on a bumper sticker: Stopping Hunger Starts Here — Trinity Cafe. Trinity, a destination for Tampa's homeless and hungry, needs help bidding for a $25,000 grant. Vote for it at www.MarkhamMarkofDistinction.com. …

High-speed rail may be a driving factor in the Rays' quest to get a new stadium in Tampa. The team covets the Orlando market, and rail could deliver fans who can eat, drink and be merry without worrying about a long drive.

That's all I'm saying.

Ethics arises as campaign issue for Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White 08/15/10 [Last modified: Sunday, August 15, 2010 7:35pm]

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