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Local newspaper balks at publishing Mitch Kates’ ‘press release’ for H-48 candidate Tom McKone

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An anonymous source sent me a series of e-mails between political consultant Mitch Kates and Patrick Wheeler, the publisher of the East Lake Blister. At first glance, these e-mails look like small potatoes, but taken together they reinforce some of the perceptions about how Kates operates; how he works to gain earned media for his clients — a tactic that worked for Kevin Beckner, but backfired for Scott Wagman. It remains to be seen how Kates’ efforts will work for…

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Scott Wagman posts concession on (surprise) FB

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If Scott Wagman could just keep his ego in check (!) and look beyond Facebook and Twitter, he’d be a half-way decent candidate (how does Senate District 16 look to you, Scott?). Yet, Scott’s ego continues to run amok, even in defeat. He posted a lengthy letter to his supporters on Facebook that is less a concession and more a manifesto. And, jeez, does Wags let it all hang out. He thanks Lucas Fleming for introducing him to Scott Johni…

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Mitch Kates: Loser of the Week

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From the Buzz: Loser of the Week: Democratic consultant Mitch Kates. No Tampa Bay political consultant in recent years has received more glowing publicity than Kates. The former professional wrestler was the architect behind the winning campaigns of state Sen. Charlie Justice, Tampa City Council member Mary Mulhern, and Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner. This year he landed St Pete mayoral candidate Scott Wagman, who pumped in more than $170,000 of his own money and far outspent everyone else. Kates…

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