Pinellas Democratic chairman tells pastor he's 'persona non grata' if he runs for Congress - 2014-04-30

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F7.png Pinellas Democratic chairman tells pastor he's 'persona non grata' if he runs for Congress April 30, 2014, Curtis Krueger, Tampa Bay Times

ST. PETERSBURG — Pinellas County's Democratic chairman left a bluntly worded voicemail telling well-known St. Petersburg pastor Manuel Sykes he would be "persona non grata" if he followed through with plans to run for Congress.

Sykes was the only announced Democratic candidate in Pinellas County's 13th Congressional District, but he said Wednesday he has now decided not to run after all.

In the voicemail, Mark Hanisee said party officials had spoken to the offices of two key Democrats, former congressional candidate Alex Sink and St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman.


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