Pinellas Commissioner John Morroni calls campaign against him harassment

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Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni is cautiously optimistic about keeping his seat tonight against Tea Party Republican Tom Rask.

Morroni has been cruising his district today talking to voters at polling places.

“I think most people know who they’re voting for before they go in,” Morroni said. “I didn’t hand anything out because I think that’s harassment.”

That’s something he said his opponent doesn’t seem to be too concerned about. Morroni said he’s heard from several supporters who have his sign in their yards that Rask has approached them trying to sway their votes.

“That’s kind of upsetting to me, talking to my friends,” Morroni said.

Morroni is also hoping that his campaign strategy will be enough for voters to side with him. His mailers and advertisements have focused on his accomplishments and not on his opponent.

“I can’t tell you how many people called me and said they wish more people were like that.”

Morroni will be celebrating what he cautiously expects to be a win tonight at the Hilton in Carillon.

Janelle Irwin has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in the Tampa Bay area since 2003. She also hosts a weekly political talk show on WMNF Community radio. Janelle formerly served as the sole staff reporter for WMNF News and previously covered news for Patch.com and various local neighborhood newsletters. Her work has been featured in the New York Daily News, Free Speech Radio News and Florida Public Radio and she's been interviewed by radio stations across the nation for her coverage of the 2012 Republican National Convention. Janelle is a diehard news junkie who isn't afraid to take on big names in local politics including Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn, the dirty business of trash and recycling in St. Pete and the ongoing Pier debacle. Her work as a reporter and radio host has earned her two WMNF awards including News Volunteer of the Year and Public Affairs Volunteer of the Year. Janelle is also the devoted mother to three brilliant and beautiful daughters who are a constant source of inspiration and occasional blogging fodder. To contact, email janelle@floridapolitics.com.