Best Of 2005

BEST GIFT TO POLITICAL WRITERS, PART 2: Hillsborough County Commissioner Brian Blair

He’s tried to kill the local transit system, with Ronda Storms’ help. He’s still trying to privatize the county’s nationally recognized health-care system for the working poor. But former pro wrestler-turned-politician Brian Blair’s most outrageous stunt was akin to applying “The Lethal Dropkick” to a little old lady when he tried to wrest county advertising out of the left-leaning La Gaceta weekly newspaper because its editor, Patrick Manteiga, criticized him in a news column. C’mon, big guy, put those yellow-and-black “Killer Bee” tights back on and get some thick skin. And some brains, while you’re at it.