Clearwater City Council candidates mum on Scientology's impact downtown - 2018-02-13
At a recent City Council election debate, the first question pitched to the four candidates was: What is the biggest problem facing Clearwater right now?
Seat 5 incumbent Hoyt Hamilton answered in code.
"I'm willing to work with anybody, but they have to be open and honest in how they communicate and we haven't always had that, so I think one of the biggest problems trying to move Clearwater forward is getting people to communicate openly and honestly with what we're trying to do."
Wait. Who is "they"? Which people are not being honest?
Asked in a later interview if he was referring to the Church of Scientology, which cut communication with city officials last year over a property dispute, Hamilton confirmed he was. So why didn't he come out and say that?