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He said what? Mayor Bill Foster says ‘I don’t want to hear’ from anyone who doesn’t come to budget meetings

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Michael Van Sickler reported over the weekend that fewer than 20 residents showed up at Mayor Bill Foster’s first budget forum Wednesday night, a turnout that fell far short of expectations for an event where 120 aluminum folding chairs were set up at the J.W. Cate Recreation Center.

The low turnout prompted one hell of a quote from Mayor Bill Foster:

“By the time of the public hearings when people line up to complain, most of the heavy lifting is done,” Foster said. “And by then, if they didn’t show up at these meetings, I don’t want to hear from them. I will want to hear from you because you chose to be part of the process.”

That’s right. Mayor Foster just said that if you are too busy, you know, working or spending time with your family to attend an oh-so-engrossing public forum on the city’s budget, then the hell with you.


As far as quotes by Bill Foster go, nothing will ever top his statement about wanting to be the city’s first black mayor, but this latest gem is Foster’s second faux pas in a month.  Explaining his decision to hire his campaign manager for a plum, make-work job with the city, Hizzoner defended his decision by saying, “I don’t care if he’s my illegitimate son.”

I can’t wait to hear what Foster has to say next.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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