Only 1,203 miles separate Seneca Falls, N.Y. from Tallahassee. Philosophically, the two cities have been light years apart -- until now.
Former Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor, riding her name recognition and Mayor Bob Buckhorn’s potent political machine, steamrolled six opponents Tuesday in almost winning outright the prize of succeeding her term-limited mentor.
Castor garnered 48 percent of the vote and will meet billionaire David Straz in an April 23 runoff for mayor. Straz was a distant second with 15.47 percent of the vote.
To paraphrase former President Gerald Ford: “My fellow Tampanians, our long municipal nightmare is over.”
That is, unless potential voters were comfortable with hypocrisy, empty promises, and losing political strategies that defy comprehension.
The seven candidates embraced Mom, apple pie, and transit while introducing themselves to low-income neighborhoods, activists, and community leaders. At least two candidates purchased group endorsements and anyone paying attention to the race, about 30 percent of registered voters, knows it.
Severe but not fatal -- that’s the prognosis for the professional and political future of Donald Trump acolyte and Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz after he verbally attacked government witness Michael Cohen on Tuesday.
The 2019 Tampa mayoral campaign hasn’t brought out the best and the brightest, but it has cast a spotlight on the fractured culture and numerous special interest factions fighting for the heart, soul, and wallet of Florida’s fourth largest city.
The seven-candidate lineup resembles a parade of panderers. They have been appearing at forums ad nauseum hosted by more special interests than the grains of sand on Ben Davis Beach. All feel obligated to attend the succession of dog-and pony shows to avoid incurring the wrath of these pressure groups.
The public has had enough.
Mainstream media entities that purport to report unvarnished news must be held accountable for their transgressions -- slanting coverage, contorting facts, omitting information.
HAL 9000, the futuristic computer in the Space Odyssey series, would go haywire attempting to tally the mushrooming mountain of journalistic crimes perpetrated on an unsuspecting public over the past decade.
Candidates for Tampa mayor have been so excruciatingly bland during the runup to the March 5 primary that the campaign has been dubbed “The Big Yawn” by locals.
Not to worry. The fervor expected to be epitomized by the seven mayoral hopefuls has shifted to their supporters. The sniping, which touched on what constitutes “progressive” gender preference, and defamation, all emanates from the Democratic playpen.
Tampa’s uninspiring mayoral race enters its final month with a clear leader, no spark from the seven suits seeking to succeed Bob Buckhorn, and a questionable process in reaching the average voter.
The Big Yawn began in earnest Nov. 7, the day following the 2018 midterms. After three months, the needle hasn’t moved in any of the private polls: former police chief Jane Castor leads the Titans of Tedium by a healthy margin.
Pending legislation by a group of Oregon legislators would eliminate a $150 million state appropriation towards a Major League Baseball stadium in Portland.