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Margeson, Schorsch and Lassiter in the news

Council candidate taking it to the streets

Without a ton of money in her coffers, City Council District 2 candidate Lorraine Margeson has been actively trying to unseat council member Jim Kennedy.

Her latest effort included leading a motorcade of cars covered in campaign signs around the city Saturday morning. She planned to bring a bullhorn, according to an email she sent supporters.

"We're going to wake up this city and make some noise and remind EVERYONE to vote!!!" she wrote.

Blogger minces no words, as usual

Local blogger Peter Schorsch wrote a scorcher of a goodbye letter to the Suncoast Tiger Bay, a low-key political club that he's most certainly not on the board of anymore, though he's still a member.

Why'd he leave?

"This board! That's the reason," he wrote in an email to the executive director.

"The Suncoast Tiger Bay organization has become an embarrassment — an ineffectual, weak laughingstock of an organization. And when I say something's embarrassing, that's telling you something."

He went on to call out City Council member Wengay Newton for an apparently inane discussion about whether to serve fish at meetings.

An endorsement of a different kind

Let it not be said that a city election passed in St. Petersburg without an antigay tirade from Momma Tee Lassiter, Midtown activist and citywide pot stirrer.

On Tuesday, with exactly a week to go before the election, she sent out a list of the candidates she had endorsed, topping the pile with Mayor Bill Foster — "humble, a Christian." Opponent Rick Kriseman earned the epithet "lying wonder."

Who didn't make the cut? Amy Foster and Darden Rice, two openly gay candidates who lead in the polls, will not get Lassiter's vote.

"One 'honey comb' is enough on the City Council!" she wrote.

"Momma Tee needs to know that hate will not win this election,'' Rice said. "There are too many important issues for our city to work on together.''

Anna M. Phillips can be reached at or (727) 893-8779. Follow @annamphillips on Twitter. Mark Puente can be reached at or (727) 893-8459. Follow @markpuente on Twitter.

fast facts

Election Day is Tuesday

St. Petersburg's general election for mayor and four City Council seats will be held Tuesday. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. You can find your precinct and the location of your polling place at the Pinellas County supervisor of elections' website,

If you received a mail ballot and have yet to send it in, you can drop it off at any supervisor of elections office during regular business hours

(8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), including Election Day. The office in St. Petersburg is at 501 First Ave. N.

If you received a mail ballot but decide to vote at your polling place, bring the ballot with you and ask the poll worker to cancel it so you can vote in person.

Margeson, Schorsch and Lassiter in the news 11/01/13 [Last modified: Friday, November 1, 2013 6:16pm]
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