Reflecting on another decision, Foster said he is proud he protected taxpayers in the stadium stalemate with the Tampa Bay Rays.What ever could Foster be talking about?
He hopes Kriseman does the same, saying: "If he handles this situation the way I did, the Rays will be here in five years. If he deviates, then I don't think they'll be south of the Mason-Dixon line."
Although Foster served on the council before he became mayor, he said his family wasn't prepared for repeated criticism he received as the city's leader. Attacks from residents and editorial boards were some of the hardest parts of the job, he added.
Actually, he brings up some good points that have been addressed previously in this blog:
- Rick Kriseman will have a hard time balancing the city's interests and the pressure from the region's newspapers; and
- Foster didn't seem to lose any leverage to the Rays in his four years in office and the region may actually be better for it.