Thursday, September 12, 2013

Mitch Perry Report 9.12.13: Debate season resumes in St. Pete

Posted By on Thu, Sep 12, 2013 at 8:02 AM

It's always amusing during a season of political debates to watch candidates fidget when they're not certain about the answer to a particular question. Though we did see Rick Kriseman admit on a couple of "lightning round" questions during last night's League of Women Voters debate in South St. Pete, that's a rare occasion. Which is why it's fun to read Arielle Stevenson's report on yesterday's St. Petersburg mayoral and city council forum on the arts. Let's face it, unless you're Leslie Curran, why would you expect these would be lawmakers to know that much about the subject? The arts are a huge endeavor in St. Pete, but her report indicates that most lawmakers spent their three minutes to talk about their own experiences with the arts, which is hardly the same thing as how they would (or would not) support that if elected.

We did endure another two-hour campaign forum last night, but we'll have to review our notes to determine if there's that much (if anything) new to write a story about it. That's mainly because many of the comments from the mayoral candidates sounded much fresher at Tuesday's night on the USFSP campus, the first of the general election campaign season.

We're still 54 days away from the general election - hopefully the candidates will be able to keep themselves stimulated on stage through the many, many forums and debates that will follow,....

And the bad news keeps on coming when it comes to the Hillsborough County Public Transportation Commission. In recent months board members Victor Crist and Les Miller have engaged in excessive bickering regarding rules of order. A p.o.'d Miller said yesterday he'd had enough, and was bailing out of the agency, which he does believe does good work. Looks like Commission chair Crist is going to have to find somebody else now to lead the search for a permanent executive director to replace the disgraced Cesar Padilla.

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