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Scott Wagman hires Toni Molinaro

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Here’s news about a hiring that doesn’t involve me. Evidently Scott “The Half-Million Dollar Man” Wagman has hired Toni Molinaro, the former chair of the Pinellas Democratic Executive Committee, to serve as his field director for his campaign to be mayor of St. Petersburg. “Many credit Molinaro and her allies with taking a circus of a local party and making it into a legitimate political force. The newfound discipline, cooperation and fundraising prowess was to debut in the November election.” (St. Petersburg Times 8/29/08). I really don’t know Toni, so I will reserve comment other than to say she did a Herculean job cleaning out the Helmsian stables of the PCDEC. Problem is, that task took too much effort away from the top priority of helping local candidates, who, as it turned out, were crushed in the November elections.

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