Lisset Hanewicz denounces Tom Mullins for having “attacked” firefighters and police


Candidate for mayor of St. Petersburg Tom mullins recent campaign mailers are under fire Lisset Hanewicz, who claims they represent an attack on public employees and their unions.

In his review, Hanewicz points to a quote about shippers credited to Mullins that smears public worker unions, as well as his campaign platforms on his campaign site, who say city workers are overpaid “above private market benchmarks.”

“My opponent is supported by several far left interest groups and the usual group of public sector employee unions, who are simply looking for a candidate willing to throw taxpayers under the bus,” the letter read.

Hanewicz scrutinized Mullins, saying he disrespected public employees like police and firefighters, many of whom served as first responders during the height of the pandemic.

“I am honored to be supported by our police, firefighters and public officials,” Hanewicz said in a statement. “For the past 18 months, they have put their health and that of their families at risk during the pandemic to protect us, provide emergency medical assistance and ensure that our government continues to function.”

“As a former federal and state prosecutor, I saw how our first responders and essential workers dealt with some of the most horrific crimes imaginable,” Hanewicz continues. “Sir. Mullins has clearly spent too much time in the executive suite and not enough time in the community. Attacking our firefighters, police and officials does not reflect our St Pete values.”

Responding to his criticism, Mullins told Florida Politics that he supports the police, including providing appropriate funding to these departments. He also said the shippers were misinterpreted and his findings came after meeting with several unions of civil servants.

“This statement which we used in our letter is admittedly a composite observation, but it is based on the actual dialogue and the content of the meeting which I have personally observed in my own interviews with three different unions of civil servants,” wrote Mullins in an email to Florida Politics. “I have generally observed that (i) my status as the only candidate in the race to have been a union member apparently had no weight; (ii) my insistence that the interests of taxpayers be given due consideration in collective bargaining decisions has been met with negative body language; and (iii) union leaders seemed bothered by a candidate who really knows how to calculate the current cost to taxpayers of future pension benefits contained in union contracts.

He also cited his own company, Raymond James, as evidence that he supports workers.

“All of this with the unions seems like an unfortunate misunderstanding, as our real record in my own business (Raymond James) is that we are clearly among the most generous companies in the region when it comes to compensation and benefits,” he said. Mullins sued in his email to Florida Politics.

The Mullins campaign website indeed expresses its support for the police.

“The police have a tough job, but they are also well-paid professionals and the only members of society allowed to use force against their fellow citizens,” the site read. “Even before the events of summer 2020, their operational practices needed to be more systematically reviewed and updated. “

Both candidates run to succeed Darden rice in the city council of St. Petersburg.

In the most recent vote, Mullins leads Hanewicz with 21% support among 484 respondents, compared to 19% support for Hanewicz. However, most respondents – 60% – said they weren’t sure or wanted to say who they would vote for.

Even though the race is non-partisan, Mullins is posing as a budget conservator in a city that favors Democrats, which puts it at a statistical disadvantage compared to the more progressive Hanewicz.


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