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As we wait with bated breath for Ken Welch’s decision on his political future, I have just learned from a high-level source that Mr. Welch did, in fact, meet with Representative Kriseman today for lunch. This source revealed that they dined at the Wave at the Epicenter in Largo. Was the decision to meet in Largo an indication that Mr. Welch actually prefers meeting outside of the city, and hence, has decided not to run for mayor of St. Petersburg? Or, as one astute observer remarked, was their decision to eat at the Epicenter a warning shot across the bows of the other candidates, effectively saying “we are the epicenter” of city politics?
Additional reporting has uncovered that Mr. Kriseman chose a salad for lunch (of course), while Mr. Welch noshed on a chicken salad sandwich. Was Mr. Kriseman’s decision to eat a healthy an indication that he is gearing up for a protracted campaign? And did Mr. Welch really order chicken salad or did he just happen to exclaim, “I’ll make chicken salad out of Deveron Gibbons.”
The most interesting tidbit was their decision to “split the bill,” an obvious sign of a political partnership. As for the tip, we may never know, but let’s be honest: politicians rarely leave more than 15%.

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