Saturday, May 26, 2018
Politics

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 [email protected] or (727) 893-8779. Follow @annamphillips on Twitter. Mark Puente can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 893-8459. Follow @markpuente on Twitter.

   
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