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Charlie Crist fires New Media Director

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I didn’t know Charlie Crist even had a New Media Director… From the Buzz: In the latest sign of turbulence for Charlie Crist’s wounded U.S. Senate bid, key staffers are starting to leave the campaign. Political Director Pablo Diaz, one of the first two staffers hired for his Senate bid, is leaving at the end of the month for “a new opportunity.” Sean Doughtie, a well-regarded new media consultant who had worked with Crist for years, stopped working for the…

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Rick Baker Back-to-School Meter downgraded by hiring of Nick Hansen

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Aaron Sharockman writes: Baker, who has a little more than a month left in his second and final term, has been working until 1 a.m. some nights on his application for (St. Petersburg College’s) top job, he said this week. He’s also seeking out the help of friends and colleagues, who have begun a letter-writing campaign to support his candidacy. Baker, who said supporters came forward as they heard about his prospective candidacy, has even asked a political consultant to…

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Kendrick Meek introduces new campaign manager

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From Kendrick Meek’s blog: I am so happy to introduce you to our new campaign manager, Abe Dyk. Abe is a rising star in our movement for change. He knows how to win in complicated, sprawling states like Florida. He worked in Pennsylvania for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and has helped five other statewide Senate campaigns get their message to everyone from the soaring cities to the country towns.

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Prominent supporter of Deveron Gibbons arrested on fraud charges

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Authorities say Thomas Coelho, a 40-year-old St. Petersburg ticket broker, has left behind a trail of legal and financial carnage in five states. His latest mess, police say, is right here in Tampa Bay. Coelho was arrested Thursday on a charge of scheming to defraud, accused of agreeing to sell $115,000 worth of Super Bowl XLIII tickets for a Tampa woman. Coelho is a prominent supporter of mayoral candidate Deveron Gibbons. Just two months ago, Gibbons released a media advisory…

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Jamie Bennett’s policy ideas were Peter Schorsch’s

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City Council member Jamie Bennett has never been known as a policy wonk. But as a mayoral candidate, he seemed to have fresh ideas about what to do with the downtown waterfront, Pier and Tropicana Field. Turns out, those weren’t his ideas. Former campaign manager Peter Schorsch said he suggested that Bennett add a splash pad and conference center at the Pier, embrace a referendum to protect the downtown waterfront and keep the Tampa Bay Rays’ stadium in St. Petersburg.…

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