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Florida Ethics Commission censures, fines former St. Pete City Council member Jamie Bennett for role in Ticketgate

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At its April meeting, the Florida Ethics Commission will formally agree to a stipulation publicly censuring and fining former St. Petersburg City Councilmember Jamie Bennett for his role in distributing city tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games in an attempt to gain influence over neighborhood leaders. Specifically, the Florida Ethics Commission found that Bennett: While ostensibly distributing the tickets in accordance with City policy by handing them out to heads of neighborhood associations, preliminary evidence indicates that Respondent’s primary…

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Smoking gun proves Jamie Bennett knew about the political strategy of Ticketgate

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At the heart of Jamie Bennett’s defense in Ticketgate is there was no political strategy behind the distribution of his tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field: “Schorsch, in turn, claimed the tickets were part of a campaign strategy. The plan was to use the tickets to curry favor with neighborhood leaders and canvass their neighborhoods just before the association’s monthly meeting in hopes of generating a positive buzz, Schorsch said. Bennett said there was no such “ticket strategy.”…

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Times editorial on Ticketgate

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St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Jamie Bennett is pitifully ignorant or disappointingly complicit when it comes to a series of campaign mistakes and second-rate dirty tricks. He has fired the campaign manager he never should have hired, but if he stays in the race that will not end the questions or remove the stains. Sorting out who knew what when between Bennett and his former campaign manager, Peter Schorsch, may be an exercise in futility. But some of their maneuvers cannot…

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Of course I think Jamie Bennett should quit

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I’ve been asked about 200 times what I think Jamie Bennett should do next. My answer is unquivocal: he should announce that he will stop running for Mayor of St. Petersburg. Put aside his actions or involvement in “Ticketgate,” although that is pretty hard to do. Bennett was fully aware that the tickets were being distributed to advance his political campaign. Him saying he had no knowledge of this or that is an insult to the voters of St. Petersburg.…

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Ticketgate: the political strategy behind the distribution of tickets

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The first time I saw the tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field was on or about April 16, immediately after Jamie Bennett called St. Pete Beach Mayor Mike Finnerty to confirm a) that Finnerty was still endorsing Bennett and b) if Finnerty wanted four tickets to the city’s suite at a Rays game. That was the precedent set by Jamie Bennett in my presence. Tickets equals politics. And from those actions I took my direction on how and…

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