Of the 40% of St. Pete voters who appear to care, you've got to think they "lean Foster" since the mayor has held a hard line on the team honoring its contract...and residents of St. Pete generally don't want the team to move to Tampa.
Nevertheless, the stalemate is a big reason the Tampa Bay Times' editorial board has decided Rick Kriseman should replace Bill Foster in city hall (it may also have to do with Kriseman being a Democrat, despite the supposed non-partisan nature of the race).
This weekend, Editor of Editorials Tim Nickens opined, "St. Petersburg needs a real mayor," listing the reasons why Foster should be replaced. However, there's no evidence that Foster was the one responsible for "breaking off talks," as Nickens indicated.
And while the Rays may be "four years closer to leaving", as Nickens criticized, Foster also secured four more years of MLB in St. Pete - exactly what his job as mayor entails (as affirmed by Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn).
Meanwhile, the right-leaning Tampa Tribune, which has also been outspoken about the Rays need for a new Downtown Tampa stadium, endorsed Foster, a Republican, nonetheless. Ironically, the outlet that sells the majority of its papers in Hillsborough County gave Foster more credit for doing the hazardous parts of his job:
It’s a tricky line to walk for Foster, who must protect the city’s financial interests while acknowledging the team wants to look for a new stadium in Tampa, a move that could benefit the region at his city’s expense. He is right to fiercely protect the city, but he should have signaled a willingness to let the team look in Tampa much earlier than he did.Election Day in St. Pete is November 5.