Progressive populist Scott Kelly profiled08/05/08 Robert Lorei
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Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivityâ€¦Iâ€™m Rob Loreiâ€¦ in a moment weâ€™ll hear about a pioneer progressive Florida politician from Lakeland â€¦ but first some listener comments about last Thursdayâ€™s program with members of the Tampa Bay Area Regional Transit Authority- TBARTA who were discussing the upcoming public meetings about the future of mass transit here in the bay area.
First up today â€“ local author Dorothy Smiljanich has written a biography of one of Floridaâ€™s most colorful political figuresâ€”former state senator Scott Kelly- her book about Kelly is called, Then Sings My Soul: The Scott Kelly Story.
Smiljanich, a former reporter for the Tampa Tribune and the St. Petersburg Times, writes about Kelly, one of Polk County's most charismatic politicians. Kelly grew up on a tobacco farm in the Panhandle, became a state senator form Polk County, and nearly governor - losing twice in bitter campaigns filled with intrigue.