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Sue Carlton: Are you betting on a gubernatorial horse? And other news …

If you follow horse racing and politics, you might have noticed a hooved contender for today's Preakness with an interesting name — one that sounds a lot like a horse of a (recently) different color around here.

Okay, so who's betting on "Govenor Charlie?"

Of course, a horse named Govenor Charlie (no "r") in a big race brings to mind our own freshly Democratic former Gov. Charlie.

As in Crist, who, odds are, plans to do some running himself.

This week Govenor Charlie (the horse) was being called a wild card and a long shot. Former Gov. Charlie (the man) was subject to similar speculation on his potential bid against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. (I tried but could find no horse with an obvious match to Gov. Scott. Goldencents? Orb, maybe?)

Also interesting was a guy named Martin Garcia, frequently connected to Govenor Charlie (the horse) in Preakness-related news.

Wait — could that be prominent Tampa attorney Martin Garcia? The one former Gov. Crist (the man) had appointed to positions while in office?

Could Garcia have bought himself a racehorse and named it as an inside joke?

Scratch that.

Turns out Garcia (of the horse) is the jockey, not the owner, and also not our Garcia. Though ours did receive endless texts and ribbings this week about Martin Garcia and Govenor Charlie.

Interestingly, the actual owner of Govenor Charlie (the horse) also co-owned a horse that ran in the Preakness in 2010 named Lookin at Lucky.

Who, by the way, won. What are the odds?

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Now here's an interesting name popping up as a rumored contender for a seat on the Hillsborough County School Board: Michelle Shimberg.

Yes, as in those very-Tampa Shimbergs, as in attorney husband Robert and brother-in-law Jim, who just left the city attorney job for the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Michelle Shimberg, who has been on the school district's Citizen Advisory Committee for 18 years, says she's still evaluating things, politicswise. But watch that seat being vacated by Candy Olson after 20 years on that sometimes dysfunctional board.

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Sad news from the Tampa Police Department on the loss of beloved dog Bosco to cancer:

"K-9 Bosco served the City of Tampa Government proudly with honor, seizing over 1 million dollars in narcotics, over $100,000 in drug money and helped arrest countless criminals. He entertained thousands of kids and adults during presentations over the years. He proudly bridged the gap between the public and the police department and was always approachable and accepting of a pat on the head.

He was a faithful companion to now Corporal (Jay) Tkach and his family at home. He was one of the best Police K-9s to ever work the streets of Tampa, forever loyal and will be greatly missed, until we meet again."

Now there's a public servant.

Sue Carlton: Are you betting on a gubernatorial horse? And other news … 05/17/13 [Last modified: Friday, May 17, 2013 7:27pm]
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