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Andrew Warren ad says it’s time for new ideas in State Attorney race

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Is Mark Ober a relic of the past? That’s clearly the charge being made about the man who has served as the Hillsborough County State Attorney for the past 16 years in a new television ad out on Tuesday for Andrew Warren, the former federal prosecutor turned Democratic candidate for Hillsborough County State Attorney. The 30-second ad — now airing on local broadcast and cable stations — takes aim at the GOP incumbent, painting him as behind the times in dealing with how the…

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Teen involved in controversial sex case blasts Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober

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Less than a week after the mother of a sex crime victim issued a statement bashing Hillsborough State Attorney Mark Ober, the victim in that case has come forward with her own critical statement, and it’s equally as vitriolic towards the GOP incumbent, now in a spirited race for his political life. “The fact is Mr. Ober, that as a result of my time with you and your administration I have felt judged, ridiculed, blamed, dismissed, and uncared for time and time again,” the unidentified…

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Andrew Warren campaign now bringing up Mark Ober quote from 2004 regarding underage rape case

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Andrew Warren, the Democrat who is challenging GOP incumbent Mark Ober in the Hillsborough County State Attorney’s race, is now claiming that Ober’s recent statement at a Tampa Tiger Bay Club about an ongoing sexual assault case isn’t the first time that he has made provocative comments on this topic. In a statement issued out on Monday morning, Warren referred to a 2003 incident in which three Plant High school athletes and a former student had sex with a 14-year-old Plant High girl.…

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Mark Ober says he has never blamed the victim in sex abuse case

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Mark Ober acknowledges that as a 16-year incumbent, his race for re-election for Hillsborough State Attorney is in many ways a referendum on how he’s performed in office. “It’s perhaps easier to run when you don’t have a record,” Ober told an audience who gathered at the weekly “Cafe Con Tampa” breakfast meeting at Hugo’s in South Tampa Friday morning. “There’s no substitute for experience.” In Democrat Andrew Warren, Ober is facing by far his most formidable opponent since initially being…

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Mother of sexual victim says Mark Ober’s comments are why victims hesitate to report sexual abuse

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Hillsborough County State Attorney Mark Ober is being blasted by the mother of a teenage victim involved in a child sex abuse case his office is investigating. At a political debate last week with his Democratic opponent, Andrew Warren, Ober defended himself against the accusation that he initially did not take serious a report regarding Alexander Pelzer, a now-27-year-old Maryland resident accused of committing crimes against the then-15-year-old Hillsborough County girl. The case was first brought to the attention of the general public…

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