So, the question is, can Jamie Bennett make a comeback? The answer, unfortunately, is no. And not because of the failed campaign he has ran. I won’t be critical of his campaign anymore. Why kick a dead horse? The problem with Jamie Bennett’s renewed candidacy is his position on the major issue facing St. Petersburg: crime. Bennett is too much of an apologist for the city’s failings on crime, specifically, its inability to effectively combat homelessness, panhandling, etc.
If you read the letters-to-the-editor or the comments on blog posts, or if you listen to the small business owners on 4th, MLK or 34th Streets, you can begin to get a feeling for the sheer unrest there is with City Hall over its inability to address, much less solve, these issues.
Don’t get me wrong. The reason I wanted to originally work for Bennett was his courageous stand against the tent slashing.
But I am a liberal Democrat. And with Deveron paid in full on the black vote, and Wagman positioned to the left of Nancy Pelosi, Bennett has no room to run.
Bennett will be holding a Brown Bag lunch and informal discussion on the environment at Studio@620 on Tuesday at noon.