Monday, October 30, 2017

Rick Kriseman and Kevin King - a sorted affair


Kriseman is no political dummy. He knows King is a political liability. The real question is why does Kriseman keep King so close for so long? 


St. Petersburg, Fl
Opinion by: E. Eugene Webb PhD
Author: In Search of Robin, So You Want to Blog.


In an effort to help you sort through the Rick Kriseman Kevin King issue, I am posting the Releases from the Baker Campaign and Political Action Committee (Seamless Florida) in the order I received them.

First, here is the deep background:

MIKE BRASSFIELD, St. Petersburg Times, published February 2, 2001: Substitute tried for sex contact, authorities say


From the Rick Baker PAC Seamless Florida:

October 24, 2017 Brigitta Shouppe Seamless Florida spokesperson:

Below is a link to download the recently released commercial, “Sunshine,” which is paid for by Seamless Florida. Please find attached two newspaper articles supporting the commercial, as well as, the City of St. Pete’s organizational chart.

This race has always been about competency and judgement. Kriseman knowingly hired a former substitute teacher to oversee his education policy who was arrested, charged and immediately fired by the Pinellas school district after police said he asked a 14-year-old girl to perform a sex act - how could anyone be okay with that?” said Brigitta Shouppe, Seamless Florida spokesperson.

Link to download/view Rick Baker’s campaign ad "Sunshine" commercial: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/80fhxvgd1ummivy/AABW7u8L6rXHPztPUg2OnJbLa?dl=0

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October 25, 2017 Brigitta Shouppe Seamless Florida spokesperson:

“Release the Records, Mr. Kriseman”

In 2013 Rick Kriseman said he “never asked to see any records” about his Chief of Staff’s prior arrest before putting him over education policy of the City. The records have been sealed.
Why is Kriseman looking the other way?  What doesn’t he want
parents to know?
St. Petersburg, FL (October 25, 2017) - The Kriseman campaign made light of Rick Kriseman’s decision to put a man in charge of his education policy despite Tampa Bay Times reporting in 2001: “Investigators say he recently sent e-mails or instant messages to two female students, ages 14 and 15, trying to get them to skip school and drink beer with him. Police say King also asked the 14-year old to perform a sex act on him.”

Yesterday, Kriseman’s campaign manager called it a “case that didn’t go anywhere” and “had zero to do with Rick Kriseman.” (Florida Politics, October 24, 2017). 

Zero?  Are you serious?  Kriseman hired him as his Chief of Staff.  Kriseman put him in charge of education policy and the staff responsible for recruiting volunteers to mentor students in our schools.

“Running the city has everything to do with judgment and competency,” said Brigitta Shouppe, Baker campaign spokeswoman. “If Rick Kriseman is going to stand by his decision to put this controversial hire in charge of the Mayor’s education programs which are designed to actually put people into our children’s schools then he should tell his Chief of Staff to release the records.”

We know Rick Kriseman’s hand-picked chief of staff, a former substitute teacher was charged, arrested and immediately fired by the school board after the Tampa Bay Times reported in 2001: “Investigators say he recently sent e-mails or instant messages to two female students, ages 14 and 15, trying to get them to skip school and drink beer with him. Police say King also asked the 14-year old to perform a sex act on him.” (Tampa Bay Times, Feb. 2, 2001)

In 2006 the Tampa Bay Times reported, “he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor, adjudication was withheld and the records were sealed.” (Tampa Bay Times, October 24, 2006)

In 2013 when the Tampa Bay Times asked Kriseman about having this man on staff he said he was, “very comfortable with [him]” and that he never asked to see any records about the case. (Tampa Bay Times, December 19, 2013)

In 2015 PolitiFact reported on Kriseman’s schools initiatives, which this employee oversees, Kriseman’s spokesman reported the Kriseman administration put 96 new volunteers in our children’s schools. (Politifact, September 24, 2015)

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October 26, 2017 Brigitta Shouppe Seamless Florida spokesperson:

Is Rick Kriseman’s Chief of Staff even eligible to volunteer in the education program he oversees for the Kriseman Administration?

 St. Petersburg, FL (October 26, 2017) – Two years ago, the Kriseman Administration proclaimed they had recruited city employees to serve as volunteer mentors in local schools. (Politifact, September 24, 2015) To enter our schools, volunteers are required to fill out a form sharing their criminal past and submitting to a level 2 background screening. (Pinellas County Schools Registration Form see – page. 2  

Can Kriseman’s Chief of Staff, who was arrested and charged in 2001 with “lewd and lascivious” behavior toward two students while he was a substitute teacher, volunteer for the Mayor’s office mentor program he oversees?

 Prior criminal charges do not automatically disqualify a volunteer from entering our schools, however, as long as Kriseman’s Chief of Staff allows the records to remain sealed there is not enough information to know.  

“As a former Pinellas County school teacher, I know this background check is imperative to protecting our children from any possible danger,” said Nick Hansen, Campaign Director.  

Rick Kriseman has known about the charges for 16 years, but made him Chief of Staff anyway, and put him over education policy.  

16 years is too long, especially when it involves the safety and security of our children.

The Tampa Bay Times editorial board has asked Kriseman’s Chief of Staff to release the records so voters can evaluate the situation and reach their own conclusions.  

Today, we are all asking for the same thing

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October 26, 2017 Nick Hanssen Rick Baker Campaign Manager:
Friends, 

Rick Kriseman put a man in charge of his education policies and programs who
the Tampa Bay Times reported in 2001:



Rick Kriseman has known about these charges for 16-years, but he put him in charge of his education policies anyway. 

How can anyone be OK with this? 


Today, we all are. 

Will you call Rick Kriesman today and ask him to release the records? 

727-893-7879

16-years is enough. If Kriseman is going to stand by his decision to put this man in charge of his education policies and programs, voters deserve to know the truth.

Nick Hansen
Campaign Director
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Kriseman is no political dummy. He knows King is a political liability. The real question is why does Kriseman keep King so close for so long?

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