Progressive populist Scott Kelly profiled
Good afternoon, welcome to WMNF's Radioactivityâ¦Iâm Rob Loreiâ¦ in a moment weâll hear about a pioneer progressive Florida politician from Lakeland â¦ but first some listener comments about last Thursdayâs 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 Floridaâs most colorful political figuresâformer 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.comments powered by Disqus