Tampa author of a parody website on Dick Greco says it's about "asking questions" on upcoming mayoral election

Sturm has lived in the Tampa Bay region for a decade.  He says that the site is all about having people ask questions, "not necessarily about Greco, but about the mayoral election." He insists that he doesn't "necessarily" want to be seen as attacking the 77-year-old Cigar City legend, saying "he's the necessary iconic figure who made the message relevant."

Sturm is a freelance writer and web designer.  He's says he also does consulting for e-mail marketing.  But one media organization he apparently won't be toiling for anymore is the St. Petersburg Times/TBT*.

In a post written Thursday night, Times reporter Rick Danielson quotes Times Editor Neil Brown saying that Sturm will no longer be able to write for the paper, saying," We won’t be availing ourselves of Mr. Sturm’s services any further," saying Sturm's outside pursuits on Tampa politics "collides" with his work for the Times/TBT*.

Sturm sounded unrepentant when asked about that, saying simply Brown was making a business decision.

No, Steve LeBrake hasn't officially came out to endorse Dick Greco for Mayor.  LaBrake is the former Housing Director who went to jail in a scandal that rocked the housing department during Greco's last term in office last decade.

But you might come to that conclusion if you go the mock website MayorDickGreco.com.

That LaBrake "endorsement" is featured right next to the slogan, The Once and Future King, Never Actually Convicted and Ready To Go Again, and is the brainchild of local freelance writer Eric Sturm.

In a brief interview with CL Friday morning, Sturm said he created the satirical site as a launching pad for Tampa residents to take seriously who they are going to vote for in Tampa's election on March 1.  "I think this mayoral election is incredibly important to the future of Tampa... There's been economic difficulties in Tampa and a lot of challenges and a lot of key questions about the future...I just wanted to add value to the election process by basically expanding the conversation."

Sturm says he's never met Greco personally and is basing his satire on his media persona, which Sturm admits might be different than the man himself.  A native from Chicago, Sturm reflects a portion of the Tampa electorate unimpressed by Greco's resume which includes running Tampa in two different eras, for a total of 15 years and four successful elections.

I've found that though not by any means universally correct, Tampa natives do hold Greco in higher estimation than out of towners.  There are a couple of them running against Greco this spring: Ed Turanchik hails from Ohio, Bob Buckhorn from Virginia.

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