The moment Dick Greco said during an interview on Bay News 9’s Political Connections that, in his four terms of Mayor of Tampa, there is not single decision or action that he regrets or would have done differently, I winced in embarrassment for both him and the city he will most likely lead.
Not quitting in the middle of his second term in 1974 to work for a shopping mall developer. Not the Centro Ybor deal that put Tampa taxpayers on the hook for loads of debt after the developer defaulted. Not even the scandal that saw Tampa housing chief Steve LaBrake and LaBrake’s wife sent to prison for multiple bribery and other convictions.
“When you’ve accomplished all of these things and somebody runs against you that maybe has never done anything, they’re going to bring up something like Steve LaBrake,” Greco said.
I wince because Greco’s stubbornness to admit any mistake or regret reminded me of the press conference during which former President George W. Bush could not come up with any decision he