Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Viewpoint; Sour Grapes on 'Moran for Mayor' Endorsements

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Viewpoint; Sour Grapes on 'Moran for Mayor' Endorsements

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Byline: Ron Littlepage

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I want your endorsement. No? Then your endorsement isn't worth a bucket of warm spit, which a not-so-famous Texan once said about the vice presidency he held.

That's been the reaction of certain mayoral candidates who tried real hard to get an endorsement and then denigrated the endorser when they didn't get it.

Rick Mullaney badly wanted the support of the political arm of the Jacksonville Chamber. When JAXBIZ endorsed Audrey Moran instead, Mullaney pouted that the endorsement didn't reflect the chamber's membership.

Then Moran scored again late last week when former Mayor Jake Godbold endorsed her.

Mike Hogan had been trying for months to get Godbold's support. When that didn't happen, his camp issued a confusing rant about President Barack Obama and abortion that had zilch to do with the Mayor's Office.

I'm surprised they didn't include the Arizona immigration law.

I know this is politics, but it's pretty disgusting. Take your lumps and move on.

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OK. I did have to chuckle over a news story in Friday's Times-Union.

I don't know if there's any merit to the accusation that city-owned tables and chairs were used for Hogan's campaign kickoff.

Even if they were, Tablegate likely will be only a blip on the string of charges and counter-charges certain to surface as the mayoral race gets into full swing.

But I do find the complaint ironic since one of Hogan's punch lines on the campaign trail is about how much the city paid for a picnic table he wanted for his employees at the Tax Collector's Office.

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As I've written before, one of the issues in the mayoral campaign will be downtown and how to attract more people to work, live and visit there.

For what it's worth, here's an idea:

Take the westernmost pier of the now city-owned Shipyards property and use it as a base for a naval and maritime museum. …

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