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St. Petersburg Times Continues to Create False Controversies Involving Republicans

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David DeCamp (St. Petersburg Times)

By Spartacus Thrace

David DeCamp, Staff Writer for the St. Petersburg Times, is trying to create the impression of controversy involving Republicans where none exists, as he has in the past.

Res Publica gives the DeCamp story on the PCHA 2 out of a possible 5 hatchets.

In a June 7, 2011 article titled “Pinellas Housing Authority land purchase could yield commission for former member,” DeCamp does not state, but strongly suggests without foundation, that members of the Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) engaged in illegal or unethical activity involving a proposed real estate purchase. The truth of the matter is clearly and demonstratively otherwise.

The facts are straightforward: The Pinellas County Housing Authority Board of Directors has been looking for land for a housing complex for veterans. Housing Authority Chairman Joseph Triolo asked Jay Beyrouti, a Florida licensed realtor for over a decade, if he knew of any land the Authority could purchase. Beyrouti told Housing Authority Board Executive Director Debbie Johnson about a 13-acre plot on Lake Seminole (about a mile from the Bay Pines Veterans Hospital) owned by Cornerstone Community Bank which had originally been purchased for $4.3 million and for which the bank wanted $2 million. Johnson recommended the purchase to the full Housing Authority board of directors at an open meeting on the record, and the Authority made an offer to the bank of $1.5 million. The bank refused the offer and the land was not purchased. No money — taxpayer or otherwise — changed hands and, if the deal had gone through, any rightfully-earned commission paid to Beyrouti would have been paid by the bank in accordance with standard business practices. Everything was done out in the open and on the record, and there was nothing illegal, unethical, or immoral about anything that any of the persons involved did — period. Read the rest of this entry »

St. Pete Times Takes Swing at Pinellas GOP, Hits Self

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By Spartacus Thrace

David DeCamp (St. Petersburg Times)

Res Publica rates the DeCamp article with one and one-half hatchets.

David DeCamp, Staff Writer for the St. Petersburg Times, appears to be trying to create the impression of trouble within the local Republican Party organization where none exists.  Worse, he and his newspaper are taking directions from a Democrat blogger with an extensive criminal past and an anti-Republican agenda — and they aren’t informing their readers of this.

In today’s print edition of the Times, page B1, above the fold, appears the headline, “Pinellas GOP spending rises,” below which is the ominous subtitle, “The local chief says the party is running perfectly, but donations are down.”  The electronic version available on the internet is titled, “Pinellas Republican spending rises with new chairman as donations drop.”  The first sentence of the article written by DeCamp reads, “Tampa Bay area political parties are scaling back in these tough times — Except the Pinellas County Republican Party.”  What follows is an article that suggests – but does not directly assert – that there is something wrong with the way in which Pinellas County Republican Executive Committee (PCREC) Chairman J.J. Beyrouti is running things. Read the rest of this entry »

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