Major Gaffe or Minor Mistake

Former and perhaps future Tampa Mayor Dick Greco is taking some heat for a comment he made during a televised debate about civil/racial unrest in the late 60’s. He compared the demonstrations to “panty raids.” At first blush, that sounds really outrageous and the kind of remark that would spark outrage. From the reports I’ve seen, there’s not much of the latter. The former Mayor now says he didn’t mean to trivialize the racial tensions of that era. He claims he meant that, like panty raids, organized protests were replicated around the country in an almost copy cat fashion. They were in vogue. It was a fad. Dick Greco is one of the most savvy politicians I have ever met and I’m surprised he let the “panty raid” comment slip. Whether it will cost him remains to be seen. One thing’s for sure though. In politics at any level, anything you say or do is magnified ten times over. I’d love to hear what you think. So, you leave your comments here.

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