But the Times' Steve Contorno reports the discussions didn't stop there, of course:
“The team’s performance and efforts for a new stadium are well documented but I want to thank you for your commitment to improving the quality of life for our community,” (Commissioner Ken) Hagan said. “The Rays organization is certainly a model corporate citizen, and I close by saying: Look forward to seeing you here in the not too distant future.”
(Auld later said) he has met with “all the candidates who have asked to meet with me” in the race to replace St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton, an opponent of a deal that would allow the Rays to search for a new stadium in Pinellas and Hillsborough counties and a key swing vote. Those candidates are Lisa Wheeler-Brown and Aaron Sharpe, he said.ALSO READ: Hillsborough Stadium Deal for Rays Could Mirror Cobb Co's Secret, Not-So-Great, Potentially-Illegal Deal for Braves
“We've had pleasant conversations but as I've said before the Rays don't elect city councilmembers, the citizens of St. Petersburg do and we don't want to exert an undue influence on that process," Auld said.
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