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Rick Baker for Attorney General?

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One of the topics most discussed at last week’s fundraiser for Charlie Crist was the rumor that St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker’s is reconsidering a run for statewide office after having previously ruled one out. According to several Republican fundraisers who have spoken recently with Baker regarding his future say that Baker believes his chances of landing the presidency of St. Petersburg College have diminished significantly now that Baker’s supposed ally Deveron Gibbons needlessly recused himself from the decision as…

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Lessons from a successful Florida mayor

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Jeb Bush is mad at Rick Baker. Well, not really. But the former Florida governor wanted to see the mayor of St. Petersburg aim for statewide office – say, governor – but Mayor Baker has declined. His children are in middle school, and he didn’t want to be away from home doing so much campaigning. At age 52, Baker doesn’t exactly qualify as one of the “green shoots” of a Republican Party that is trying to reinvent itself nationally. But…

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