… the picture to the right is of my front yard with, that’s right, a “Rick Kriseman for Mayor” sign.
For the record, my wife, Michelle, does not concur. In fact, she wants to make it clear that our household does not endorse Kriseman for Mayor. “The only thing I know for certain,” Michelle wrote on her Facebook page, “is I oppose Kathleen Ford.”
On that, she and I are in complete agreement.
The only reason I am contemplating voting for Kriseman is that he is increasingly the only candidate capable of defeating Ford.
Foster, for his part, would be a lock for re-election if he had displayed any leadership — in any direction — in the debate over the future of the new St. Petersburg Pier. Unfortunately for him, he has not, or at least the voters do not believe he has and they are punishing him for it, so much so that Foster is in jeopardy of not making it out of the primary.
Not a terribly inventive or overtly ambitious politician, Foster has adopted a laissez faire style of governance — one that contrasts starkly with that of his predecessor, Rick Baker. But that’s alright; not everyone can be Rick Baker.
Foster has done a remarkable job clearing out downtown of the homeless and the city of panhandlers. For accomplishing these two Herculean tasks, Foster deserves re-election.
But these two issues, and seemingly several others, matter little to St. Petersburg voters. It’s all Pier, all the time in the Sunshine City. And, simply put, Foster is on the wrong side of the electorate, even after doing everything possible to appear as is he wasn’t.
The impending collapse of “The Lens” project (while the inverted pyramid remains shuttered) lies squarely at the feet of Bill Foster. It’s an unmitigated political disaster. And while it remains to be seen whether this will cost Foster his job, it is clear it will rocket Kathleen Ford out of the primary and as close as she has ever been to winning a job which has so far twice eluded her.
And that is why I — and I suspect several others — am straddling both the Foster and Kriseman camps, despite my reservations with both.
All I know at this time is that I am for ABK — Anybody But Kathleen.