Thursday, August 15, 2013

Kathleen Ford's Potato Salad Remark

St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford made one of the most politically tone deaf answers in the history of Tampa Bay politics. Ford was asked what has she done for the poor residents in Midtown. Ford told a black audience at the Bethel Community Baptist Church that she once made potato salad and served it in Campbell Park back in the 1990s.

“Momma T, you remember when we were fixing up that potato salad in Campbell Park for your un Festival. We had a lot of fun there. We had our sleeves rolled up… (inaudible)… Wasn’t that fun. That’s one thing that I have done…”

Ford can't think of one thing she did during her time on the St. Petersburg City Council that helped the black community in Midtown. Potato salad is her only contribution. Ford had the black vote locked up thanks to the support of Goliath Davis. Ford just blew her credibility with the black community and hopefully Davis' as well.

Benjamin Kirby cites Ford's potato salad answer as one more reason she isn't fit for public office.

It is an offensive, appalling statement and proves again-- that Kathleen Ford is simply not fit to lead the fourth largest city in Florida.

It is rare when Ben Kirby, Peter Schorsch and I are in agreement. The fact that we all believe that Kathleen Ford should never become mayor of St. Petersburg should tell you something.

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