Mitch Perry Report 8.14.13 - David McKalip and "political terrorists"

Dr. David McKalip said we'd be capitulating to "political terrorist tactics" in discussing his campaign manager's comment regarding the now infamous incident that happened this past weekend at the Missouri State Fair — but, so be it. 

As you may have heard by now, a rodeo clown put on a Barack Obama mask as the announcer asked the crowd if they'd like to see the president run over by a bull. 

Nick Finzer, McKalip's campaign manager, wrote a comment on WTSP's website that said, "I think I'd like to see Obama run down by a bull. Except that would make Biden President."

Make of it what you will. And fair or unfair, McKalip is going to be held to a different standard when it comes to comments against Obama, due to the email he sent in 2009 that depicted the president as a witch doctor.

McKalip gave a rather testy response to 10 News' Beau Zimmer in response to the story, saying it was a distraction from the "real issues." Ya think? No doubt McKalip will have to answer to this at today's Tiger Bay Club forum in St. Pete.

It's summertime, and Obamacare is still being blasted by Tea Party activists. Check out Terrence Smith's story about the Koch Brothers-inspired group Americans for Prosperity, whose members hit the streets of Tampa yesterday. 

It was an intense media scene yesterday at the Council on American Islamic Relations Tampa office, where a team of local attorneys announced that they are representing the family of Ibragim Todashev, the 27-year-old Chechen-American who was killed while speaking with law enforcement officials in May in Orlando. Todashev was a friend of  Boston marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, and the facts surrounding his death are shrouded in mystery. 

There's another St. Pete mayoral debate scheduled for tonight. The last candidates forum, held on Monday night, was rather unusual because challenger Kathleen Ford agreed with a lot of what Mayor Bill Foster has been doing over the past three-and-a-half years, which begs the question: What's the purpose of even running?

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