By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published February 13, 2012
Recently I had the privilege of spending some time with three of the candidates who squared off for mayor of Tampa last year. They all have different strengths and styles, and each adds some spice and spark to the Tampa political scene.
I met former Mayor Dick Greco for breakfast at a local diner where the servers know him well. When I told my waitress who I was waiting on, she said, “Go back to your paper, honey; he’ll be 20 minutes.” Then we both chuckled as we watched “Mr. Tampa” work his way around the restaurant chatting to patrons as they ate their breakfast.
Several minutes later he made his way to my table and apologized for taking so long — the way Santa Clause would apologize for making noise on your roof on Christmas Eve.
Before he sat down he had me feel his bicep — it was solid as a rock — and he started to say something about his wife, Linda (who is a doctor), giving him something, but he interrupted himself to go greet someone he hadn’t noticed when he came in.
When he came back to the table Greco whispered cautiously, “I don’t want them to think I’m ignoring them.”
He lamented for a moment about his race for a fifth term last year by saying he has no regrets because he ran a clean campaign. Without pointing any fingers, he talked about the negative influence third-party groups are having on politics. Then in predictable Greco fashion, he turned the discussion positive by adding: “I’m not disappointed with my race. I did it my way. I didn’t compromise who I am.”
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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