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Seminole candidate accused of embellishing his resume

SEMINOLE — The head of a condominium owners group says council candidate Tom Christy is padding his resume to make himself appear to be more active in the community than he is.

Jim Quinn, a Seminole council member who said he was speaking as head of the Seminole Gardens Men's Club, said the puffery is on Christy's campaign website, tchristy2011.webs.com. Quinn is also active in the Concerned Citizens of Seminole Gardens.

In his profile, Christy says he is an "active member (of the) Seminole Gardens Men's Club (and) Concerned Citizens of Seminole Gardens."

The implication, Quinn said, is that Christy has been a longstanding member of both, but he joined the Men's Club on Jan. 10. And, although he joined the other group in 2010, he has not paid his dues since then.

"If you're not paying dues, we do not consider you a member," Quinn said. "He is not an active member of the Concerned Citizens of Seminole Gardens."

Christy, 60, said he had not officially joined the Men's Club until last month because no one had asked him to join before then. Despite that, Christy said he has gone to meetings and taken part in the group's activities. He denied missing a dues payment to the Concerned Citizens in 2011 and said he plans to pay for 2012 by the due date in a few weeks.

"They don't come any more active than me," he said. "I go to all the association meetings. I go to all the Men's Club functions and are supportive of them. ... I go to all the dinner dances."

Christy said he served on his building's board for three years and has recently retired, which gives him more time to take part in activities.

He charged that Quinn is being "nitpicky."

"That is really juvenile,'' Christy said. "That is really childish."

This is not the first accusation in the race for two open seats on the Seminole council.

Christy accused council member Leslie Waters of using city property for fundraising when the city clerk faxed a flier for her state Senate campaign to council members and City Manager Frank Edmunds. Edmunds said an investigation showed that Waters knew nothing of the fax. It was part of a packet from the Seminole Chamber that the clerk routinely sends as a way of informing the council of activities in the community.

Three other candidates are in the race for the council seats — incumbent Patricia Plantamura, Christopher Burke and Sheryl Goff. The election is March. 13.

Reach Anne Lindberg at alindberg@tampabay.com or (727) 893-8450.

Seminole candidate accused of embellishing his resume 02/04/12 [Last modified: Saturday, February 4, 2012 3:31am]
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