Mary Alvarez hits all the talking points in pro-Ferlita robocall

Props to Rose for getting the most mileage out of the negative mailer that was as best as can be determined, was NEVER MAILED out to Tampa residents last week. It's also not apparent that it was produced by the group Less Government Now, despite the fact that was the name of the group appeared on the copies of the mailer -copies that are the only thing that anybody has seen with the controversial document. Buckhorn and his camp strongly denied they had anything to do with the mailer, and it's becoming evident more and more that they did not.  Over the weekend, a new Buckhorn ad does  accuse Ferlita of running a "sleazy" campaign.  Not sure if that's negative or not, but it's certainly getting trying to exploit the attitude that led Pam Iorio to express she was getting off the fence and endorsing Buckhorn in the race to succeed her next week.


Nevertheless, if you're scoring at home, one candidate is bringing in much more artillery against her opponent.


Last night, another former colleague of Buckhorn and Ferlita, Linda Saul-Sena, said she had heard about the Alvarez call and expressed her disappointment.  Then again, Saul-Sena is supporting Buckhorn.  She introduced him to a group of several dozen people at a Young Professionals meeting at the offices of the Beck group overlooking the Hillsborough River.

Mary Alvarez served on the Tampa City Council with both Rose Ferlita and Bob Buckhorn.  It's fair to say that she enjoyed her experience with Ms. Ferlita a bit more.  She's supporting her former colleague in the race for Tampa's mayor, and recorded a robocall that was sent to registered voters throughout Tampa on Monday, where she hits on several of the attacks that Ferlita has been promulgating against Buckhorn over the past week.

Alvarez begins the call by saying she served with Buckhorn and "he's not ready to be Tampa's mayor." She follows that up by saying that "Bob has distorted his role in saving MacDill, which makes him less than credible, and his negative attacks on Rose are attacks on all women."

Let's dissect these two charges.

The allegation that Buckhorn has taken an unfair amount of praise for being amongst a group that helped save MacDill AFB from being removed by a federal commission is a point that Ferlita first made in her major commercial attacking Buckhorn that began airing last Thursday.  That was pumped up on Monday when a supporter was able to get a question to 970 WFLA radio host Jack Harris about this incident, right down to citing the year that a story  was reported on this in the St. Petersburg Times.

But what about his alleged negative attacks on Rose?  which Ferlita now says is an attack on "all women." (Or Alvarez said it.  They're both saying it).

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