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Secretary of State Bruce Smathers called for.
mer Mayor Dick Greco of Tampa as soon as he saw
press, reports Greco was considering a run for
g ernor. -:- _
It was, Smathers confirmed, a call to sit down
and talk politics-.
The process apparently, is more of Smathers'
agonizingappraisal of whether to make a run for it
hlmselt a process that has now stretched all across
1977 and is casting him in the role of a man unable
to make up his mind. -
The postponing of decisions has so annoyed
even some of Smathers' staff that they complain off
Smathers talked about this image last week.
"First; no one has given me a specific example," he
said of his reputed procrastination. "It anything,
it's my style of operation.1 believe in getting all
the facts possible. I don't like 6t shoot off my
South and pick up the pieces later."
The 33-year-old secretary of state, who inher-
ited one of the winningest names in Florida poli-
tics, said he didn't become the youngest state sena-
.tor in-lorida history nor the youngest cabinet offi-
Scer this century "by not liking to make decisions."
It gives people confidence, Smathers said, to
realize their elected officials deliberate before de-
ciding, rather than issuing blasts through the
He drew some parallels.
For-one, Gov. Jerry Brown of California under-
goes the same criticism and once, in a chat, told
Smathers to ignore it. Brown said only-he could
know when the proper time comes to make a deci-
For another, Smathers hinted that Insurance
Commissioner Bill Gunter may have sunk himself
by caustically attacking legislators when, in fact,
Gunter-got far more of his plan than he has ac-
That, Smathers indicated, is the shooting-from-
the-hipLstyle he dislikes.
By c-mparison- the 1977 legislature approved
overwhelmingly an elections reform code -that
:takes a.i: the goodies of abuse out of. campaign
flnancig d and testinmonii-fifd. railing for polit i
ciansr-~ abuse, Sftathers -siggestedi he ~wrked-.
quletlilehind the-scene rather an attack head-
-on. -- -
As for the politica-ltalks-with -Greco, they
haven'tshappened-yet. Greco was strolling about
the Cipitol one day last week, dropped in to see
Smathersl, but he wias out of town. -
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.Water Authorty May Want Dynslager
'1 .ITEprsured resignation of Richard Hesse
general msanager of West' Cost Regional Water
Supply Authority, sides say, Is to make room to
pfiate' of Bi Dyaslager, StL Petersburg water
Hesse recognized he wasn't particularly wanted
by the continued cutting comments from Pinellas
County Commissioner Charles Ralney, with assists
from Hillsborough Commissioner Bob Curry.
Ifthe authority, composed of representatives of
HillsborghPinellas, Pasco, St. Petersburg and
Taripa goIernments, can siphon off Dynslager, the
thinking-goes, It may finally bring some solid ac-
Stion in merging the water systems. Hesse was more
interested-in staff cars and image, one criticism
thr rumor widespread among water spe-.
clalists in the Tampa'Bay battlefield is that Don
Feaster, executive director of Southwest Florida
Water Management District, is "looking desper-
ately" for-another post.
It has to do, apparently, with differences with
Derrell McAteer, governing board chairman.
Italiano May Be Seeking Position
Check back in January for its accuracy, but isn't
Nelson Italiano, the governor's patronage chief
here; thinking of angling for appointment to the
Game and Fresh Water Fish Commission?
That's the rumor anyway.
Supposedly, he would want to replace Sonny
Burnett of Tampa whose term expires at the end of
Burnett is lined up politically with Bill Gunter.
Italiano has been aligned with Lt. Gov. Jim Wil-
ltams, but more than one source said he has
dropped out of the Williams camp, convinced Wil-
liams is so lackluster hecan't win.
But the game commission appointmznt*py\
really have more to do with Italiabo-\'anti'n to
continue his. hand-in government, having :',n toy
liKe it duringtheseeight ears- .
-He .might, ask- iti of 'Asieew as- pay -forbieIon
months of making ~'~ n es the e Invitaibleconse
quence o( handling patronage andappoitnts '" '