Marion Lewis says he's been vindicated

07/05/07 Mitch E. Perry
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On Tuesday, we reported that a Judge in Tampa ruled in favor of Marion “Serious” Lewis, in his battle against the City over whether he had to resign to run for office this year against Mayor Pam Iorio. (roll tape#1 o.q.”resign to run law”)

Back in January, The City of Tampa declared that Lewis, a Police Captain with 29 years working with the Tampa Police Department , would have to resign his job, if he insisted on running against the Mayor. Why?

Because Tampa Attorneys argued that under state law, government employees cannot run for their boss’s elected job IF the boss is seeking re-election and has the authority to ‘appoint, employ , promote or otherwise supervise that employee.”

The City argued that according to State Charter, the Mayor had that power Lewis.

But Circuit Court Judge Marva Crenshaw on Tuesday ruled otherwise, saying the City’s interpretation was too broad.

Marion Lewis filed suit after the City forced him to resign in January. He said that his boss was Police Chief Stephen Hogue, not the Mayor (roll tape# 2 o.q.”from happening”)

Although there has certainly been criticism of Mayor Iorio in her first term in office, and rumors of certain ‘name candidates’ entering in the race to oppose her, none did.

The only opposition came from former Fire Chief Aria Green, and Lewis, who ended up getting 12% of the vote.

City Attorney David Smith said Tuesday that the City would appeal Judge Crenshaw’s decision. But the question might be;why? With the election long over. Marion Lewis, who says he definitely wants his job back, considers one reason why (roll tape# 3 o.q.”the office of Mayor”)

WMNF contacted Tampa Attorney David Smith for comment. Our phone call was not returned.

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