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Old Baker signs cause stir

An old sign for Rick Baker's 2005 campaign at Pinellas Point Drive and 70th Avenue S on Sunday morning

Tony Marrero

An old sign for Rick Baker's 2005 campaign at Pinellas Point Drive and 70th Avenue S on Sunday morning

The signs lined Dr Martin Luther King Street S by Lake Maggiore Park Saturday when former mayor Rick Baker greeted supporters in his first post-announcement campaign event.

They've also popped up around other parts of the city in the week since Baker, who was mayor between 2001 and 2010, plunged into his bid for a third term. 

Problem is, the signs are from his 2005 reeelection campaign and violate state election law by urging voters to "re-elect" Baker, who isn't an incumbent. And they're out too early. Candidates aren't supposed to distribute signs until after qualifying period ends in June.

Baker's campaign attributed the false start to overzealous supporters. 

"We had a few excited volunteers who brought out old yard signs to the picnic this weekend that they've been holding on to. As the campaign is only a week old, we literally only have the one sign we ordered for the lectern at the announcement (see attached) - none of our signs will use the word "re-elect." Other than events we won't be putting out signs until permitted (at qualifying), so let me know if your readers see any others and we'll work with supporters to pick them up," emailed Baker spokeswoman Brigitta Shouppe Monday morning.

 

 

[Last modified: Monday, May 29, 2017 3:26pm]

    

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