Sykes puzzled that he didn't qualify for HD70 - 2016-06-27
Pastor Manuel Sykes wasn't going to drop out of this time. The influential St. Petersburg Baptist minister and civil rights activist told the Tampa Bay Times last week that nothing would dissuade him from exiting a crowded field of Democrats vying for the nod in House District 70.
In 2014, Sykes considered jumping in the 13th Congressional District race before a voice mail message from the then-county party chairman -- telling Sykes he'd be "persona non grata" if he got in -- -touched off an intraparty squabble.
"I won't be daunted this time, I'm not kissing the rings of anyone this time," Sykes told the Times last week. He said he planned to officially file as a Democrat by Friday's deadline.