St. Pete mayoral candidate Paul Congemi’s racist comments prompt rally

St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Paul Congemi.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (WFLA) –Dozens are expected to rally in St. Petersburg Tuesday night after mayoral candidate Paul Congemi’s racists rant went viral.

Congemi was addressing candidate Jesse Nevel, who was being supported by the UHURU Solidarity Movement, at a July 18 debate at City Hall.

Nevel is running on the platform Unity Through Reparations.

“Mr. Nevel, you and your people, you talk about reparations, the reparations that you talk about Mr. Nevel, you people already got your reparations. Your reparations, your reparations came in the form of a man named Barack Obama,” said Congemi.

His comment followed quickly with boos in disbelief.  But Congemi didn’t stop there.

“My advice to you. My advice to you, if you don’t like it here in America, planes leave every hour from Tampa airport, go back to Africa, go back to Africa,” Congemi continued.

News Channel 8 tried to reach Congemi on Thursday, but no one answered his door

Jesse Nevel said he is focused on Kriseman and Baker. He claims Congemi is not the real threat.

“As offensive as his statements were, they were an articulation essentially of what the policies of Kriseman and Baker have been,” said Nevel. “This is not Rick versus Rick and me versus Congemi. This is us versus the status quo. The people versus big money.”

The rally will be at Williams Williams Park Tuesday at 6:30 pm.

The crowd will hear from activists along with current St. Pete Mayor Rick Kriseman.

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