Blair: I Was Wronged

TAMPA -

He's gone, but maybe not for long. Departing Hillsborough Commissioner Brian Blair said he's mulling over running for the seats held now by fellow Commissioner Jim Norman or state Representative Kevin Ambler. Both will be soon facing term limits.

In his first comments since he was defeated by newcoming Kevin Beckner, Blair accused his opponent of mudslinging during the election and said that was probably the reason why he got voted out of office.

Beckner said afterward that Blair was being a poor sport and didn't chalk up his defeat to his controversial stances, such as voting to decrease the county's protection of wetlands and opposing a day of silence for gay children who had been bullied.

Beckner is set to take the oath of office next week.

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