Once unspoken, Scientology at forefront of Clearwater City Council's Seat 2 race - 2020-02-20

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F7.png Once unspoken, Scientology at forefront of Clearwater City Council's Seat 2 race February 20, 2020, Tracey McManus, Tampa Bay Times

CLEARWATER — During the last city council election, candidates went out of their way to avoid using the s-word: Scientology.

"One of the biggest problems trying to move Clearwater forward is getting people to communicate openly and honestly," City Council member Hoyt Hamilton said at a 2018 election forum.

When asked later if he was referring to the Church of Scientology and its secretive nature, Hamilton confirmed he was. By not calling it out directly, he was "trying not to poke the bear."

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