Thursday, February 7, 2013

Good news for Rick Kriseman and anyone else contemplating a run against Bill Foster in St Pete

Posted by on Thu, Feb 7, 2013 at 1:21 PM

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StPetePolls has a new survey out today, and the big news is there are now slightly more people who disapprove of the job Mayor Bill Foster is doing than those who say they approve. (Foster comes out at 49-51 percent in public approval.)

It hasn't been a great 2013 for Foster. The recent closing of the Sweetbay grocery store in Midtown has generated criticism (fairly or not), but it's the saga of the Tampa Bay Rays that seems to have really brought down his poll numbers.

The Mayor has been resolute in refusing to allow the Rays to talk to officials in Tampa about a potential new ballpark. That intransigence has frustrated the team's ownership and made Foster the target of withering editorials in the Tampa Bay Times.

The poll doesn't survey other potential candidates, largely because there aren't any announced candidates running against Foster yet, with the exception of perennial also-ran Paul Congemi.

The great hope among progressives in St. Petersburg is that former City Councilman and state representative Rick Kriseman will throw his hat in the ring, but Kriseman continues to remain low-key and somewhat non-committal, though it's generally assumed that his stepping down from the Legislature last year (just before he turned 50) to spend more time with his family may have also had something to do with future political aspirations.

Meanwhile, there are some other interesting nuggets in the St.PetePolls survey (which was conducted Feb. 6), and consisted of robocalls to some 1,729 St. Pete residents).

When asked if they supported Councilman Charlie Gerdes' plan to allow the Tampa Bay Rays to look at stadium locations outside of the city if the team paid annual costs for Tropicana Field, 57 percent said yes, 36 percent said no.

On the question of whether there should be a referendum to decide the fate of the Pier, fully two-thirds of those surveyed (66.9 percent) said yes, while just 27 percent disagreed.

People aren't very positive when asked in this poll about the City Council as a body, with just 38 percent saying they're doing a good job, and 61 percent saying they're not.

You can read the whole survey at St.PetePolls.org.

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