Rick Baker’s campaign unveiled a new TV ad Thursday. Unlike some recent ads seeking to rebrand the former mayor, this one has Mayor Rick Kriseman squarely in its sights.
The ad, complete with the stantard attack-ad voice narrator, presents of laundry list of alleged Kriseman failures including spending too much money on the new pier, a bloated mayor’s office staff, the slow pace of hurricane debris removal and, you guessed it, sewage.
Kriseman’s campaign manager Jacob Smith said the ad was “Trump-like” and an angry attempt by Baker to change the subject from climate change and gun safety.
“After nine years as Mayor, Rick Baker left the city with a police department in chaos, no solutions on the Pier, no leadership on the Rays and a sewer system that was nine years older. Today he has no plan for climate change or sea level rise. Rick Kriseman has moved St. Pete forward and taken strong stands on climate change and protecting our city from illegal guns. Voters approve of the job he’s doing, and they like where their city is going. They don’t want to go backward,” Smith wrote in an email.
Here’s the ad.