A shot-shot-shot-chaser for Ronnie Duncan and Greenlight Pinellas

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Two weeks ago, Ronnie Duncan, the chair of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority, proudly stood before an audience of mass transit supporters and announced the launch of a privately-funded campaign to increase the sales tax to pay for expanded transit options.

That moment will likely be the high-water mark for the Greenlight Yes campaign.

SHOT: “Duncan must go” — Tampa Tribune, 2/16/14: “TBARTA Chair Ronnie Duncan can be a cheerleader for Greenlight, but he shouldn’t get involved in raising money.”

SHOT: “Greenlight Pinellas off to a bumpy start — St. Pete Patch, 2/17/14: “If Greenlight Yes is to establish credibility with the voters, Duncan either needs to be replaced as co-chair or he needs to resign from TBARTA.”

SHOT: “Why wasn’t Ronnie Duncan next to Rick Scott at yesterday’s Gateway Express announcement?” — SaintPetersBlog, 2/18/14: “How would it have looked if Duncan had been behind the podium in the auditorium of the Pinellas Realtors’ building for the launch of the Greenlight Pinellas campaign one day, then just a week later be behind the same podium for a TBARTA-related issue?”

CHASER: “Pinellas transit campaign’s leader resign under pressure.” — Tampa Bay Times, 2/18/14: “Duncan said he has become an unwanted distraction, something the campaign can’t afford in the run up to the November election.”

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