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Editorial: Divisive campaign tactic has no place in St. Petersburg

St. Petersburg City Council candidate Steve Galvin has a poor grasp of the city's political history and its appreciation for diversity. His recorded call to voters attacking opponent Amy Foster in the District 8 race masquerades as a look at her record of public service. It is really a smear campaign against Foster, who is gay. The city has come too far in embracing and respecting residents regardless of sexual orientation to fall for such divisive baiting.

While Galvin insisted the robocall was not aimed at Republican voters, it begins with, "Good evening, Republican voters." The call then attacks Foster, claiming her only significant volunteer work was as vice president of the city's annual gay pride parade. Foster is vice president of St. Pete Pride, but she also has been active in the Junior League, as well as the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Advisory Board of Girls Inc. of Pinellas County.

Galvin neglected to mention he rode in this year's gay pride parade with campaign signs. For a candidate whose credibility already is in question after lying about a paternity lawsuit and having a child from an earlier relationship, the focus on Foster's sexual orientation smacks of desperation. St. Petersburg voters know better than to fall for such discriminatory personal attacks.

Editorial: Divisive campaign tactic has no place in St. Petersburg 10/08/13 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 5:44pm]
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