Johnny Bardine severs ties with Steve Galvin campaign in wake of paternity scandal

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It’s tough to screw up a “yes” or “no” question, but somehow Steve Galvin managed to do just that.

When the Tampa Bay Times asked Galvin if he has children, or ever been sued, the District 6 candidate for St. Petersburg City Council answered “no” to both. 

Both answers are lies, say the Times.

After a little digging by the newspaper, they discovered Galvin fathered a child in 2004, with a California woman he met online and had a long-distance affair. The woman subsequently sued him for child support two years later. Galvin agreed to pay the woman $243 a month. When confronted with California court papers, Galvin relented, and confessed about both the child and the case. He insists that this incident will not affect how voters will take him.

“I had a child as a result of a one night stand that I’ve never seen or had any relationship with other than to send money every month,” Galvin admitted to the Times. “I have been denied any contact; so for all intents and purposes, I have no child in my life.”

Galvin’s wife was well aware of both the affair and the child. After all, she assisted him with his legal defense in the beginning of the suit. However, Galvin’s situation took several others by surprise, including campaign manager Johnny Bardine, who said it was the first he heard about it. Bardine later posted on his Facebook page, “It has become necessary for me to sever my professional relationship with Steve Galvin and his campaign for city council.”

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.