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Ethics Commission finds probable cause that Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering baseball tickets. But will the Times get the story right?

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At its December meeting, the Florida Commission on Ethics found probable cause that St. Petersburg City Councilman Jamie Bennett misused his position by offering tickets to Tampa Bay Rays baseball games, provided by the City, for the benefit of his campaign: 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 purpose for distributing at least some of the tickets was for garnering political support…

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Mr. Nice Guy is not that

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Mayoral hopeful Jamie Bennett intentionally tried to influence neighborhood presidents and community leaders with free baseball tickets to the city’s suite at Tropicana Field, said a campaign organizer fired Friday over the controversy. But campaign manager Peter Schorsch’s allegations don’t stop there. Schorsch said he and Bennett plotted and schemed to discredit other candidates and misled the public about their dirty campaign tactics, even going as far as to entice homeless people to crash rival Kathleen Ford’s news conference. “Mr.…

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