Another hint of Rick Baker vs. Bill Foster in 2013

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In an update to our previous posting on the rift between Mayor Bill Foster and former Mayor Rick Baker, we saw this interesting quote in an article about former Pinellas County Sheriff Everett Rice’s run for sheriff from Rick Baker:

“I think he had a desire to serve, and I think when you have a desire to serve, you never run out of that.”

The parallels in this race and the St Pete 2013 Mayor race are very interesting, the former sheriff running against the incumbent sheriff, the incumbent sheriff backed by the incumbent mayor, while the former mayor is backing the former sheriff. You can bet if Rice wins the race for Sheriff this year that Baker will be even more encouraged to run for his former position as Mayor of St Petersburg next year, especially seeing what his replacement has been doing to the police force recently.

Cross-posted with permission from Bob Wilson of the Bill Foster Watch.

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