Depending how you view the Stadium Saga, Wengay Newton has been the top Rays obstructionist or St. Pete protectionist in his eight years on council, refusing to consider any of the deals that would have allowed the team to look at stadium sites in Tampa.
His brother, Will, has more or less echoed Wengay's stance, saying the city at least needs better compensation before it considers amending its deal with the Rays, which locks the team into Tropicana Field until 2027.
But Wheeler-Brown won the endorsements of both papers, in part to her early support for Mayor Kriseman's negotiated deal that would let the Rays leave the Trop early for payments to the city likely totaling less than $2 million per year.
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The Wheeler-Brown/Newton showdown gets more interesting now, however, as the whole city will be able to vote in the run-off...not just South St. Pete, which decided the D7 primary.
Less than two months until we see where the rest of St. Petersburg stands on the issue(s)...and whether the Rays will continue to stick to their promise of not getting involved!
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