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David Singer calls out Jackie Toledo for ‘ducking’ Tiger Bay appearance

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Hillsborough House District 60 Democratic candidate David Singer said Jackie Toledo “doesn’t want the voters to know her extreme position on the issues,” and contends that’s why the she won’t be appearing at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club event scheduled for this Friday.

Toledo’s campaign spokesperson said earlier this week that Tampa Republican had a conflict for the event, in which the candidates running in House Districts 59, 60, and 61 have all been invited to appear at the political forum.

“Ms. Toledo knows her positions are out of touch with our community and she is only comfortable espousing divisive rhetoric with exclusionary messages in mail pieces,” Singer said in a statement. “I’m suggesting that she defend those positions in front of voters in an open forum. Let’s have the discussion and inform the voters what we think and why.”

Singer said Toledo is reluctant to discuss her stances on why she is against same-sex marriage, for the open carrying of guns on school campuses, defunding Planned Parenthood, “or her lack of of any solution to Tampa’s infrastructure problems.”

Singer made similar comments about some of Toledo’s political positions at a fundraiser Tuesday night, where he said her values were out of the mainstream of HD 60, which encompasses South Tampa, much of south Hillsborough County, and Town N Country.

In response, a spokesperson said Toledo had better things to do than get caught up in Singer’s attacks.

“If Florida Politics wants to continue to give Mr. Singer ink on his petty political games, by all means, be our guest,” responded Ryan Wiggins in an email. “Jackie is too busy being a mother, wife, volunteer, small business owner, and community advocate to play his childish games. Her focus is on serving the people of District 60 and winning an election, not winning headlines in a political blog.”

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at [email protected]

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