Katie Blaxberg faces criticism for once being a Democrat, but her reason is hauntingly familiar for too many women
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Katie Blaxberg
Blaxberg is a rape survivor, and that trauma has informed her choices.

Pinellas County School Board candidate Katie Blaxberg is speaking up after months of attacks on not her platform, but private and personal choices she has made over the years. That includes her past and current party affiliations, despite running in what is statutorily a nonpartisan race.

For Blaxberg, the personal attacks are more than just politicking as usual. The mom of three has installed extra security at her home in response to fears that her critics may take things beyond internet chat rooms.

At issue are those who support one of Blaxberg’s opponents — most of them affiliated with the controversial Moms for Liberty group that is targeting School Board races nationwide.

Blaxberg is a registered Republican, like opponent Stacy Geier.

But while Blaxberg has been a Republican for the vast majority of her voting-age life — and worked as an aide for prominent Republican Pinellas County Commissioner and former state Rep. Chris Latvala — she briefly switched her party affiliation to Democrat.

It’s this fact that Geier’s supporters are exploiting, including through sharing cherry-picked excerpts from a podcast interview Blaxberg gave in August 2019 explaining her decision to vote for Hillary Clinton in 2016 and, later, switch parties. It was a difficult decision because the Republican values she held were no longer the focus of the national conversation.

Blaxberg, who grew up in the ruby red Panhandle and was raised by conservative parents, registered as a Republican when she turned 18, and she stayed with the GOP through adulthood until 2019. She changed back to the GOP last year.

She hasn’t said much about her brief foray into the Democratic Party, until now.

Blaxberg never thought she’d have to go public with one of the most traumatic moments of her life, but speaking to Florida Politics about the direction her campaign has gone as attacks mount, she said she felt it was important to reclaim her voice, and to advocate for women in the process.

Blaxberg was raped. It happened in the early 2000s, when Blaxberg was in her early 20s. Her rapist was someone she knew. She thought she was safe. Afterwards, she was scared, confused and traumatized. Years later, she learned her perpetrator was an avid Donald Trump supporter.

Over the years, Blaxberg has sought therapy and now, she’s proud to be a survivor. But her experience has and continues to inform her decisions.

“It was the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape that did it,” Blaxberg said of her decision to vote for Clinton in 2016, referring to the shocking hot mic audio of former President Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women — assaulting them, Blaxberg said.

“Those words were really triggering,” she added.

“I had a deeply visceral response to the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape and when I learned that my rapist glorified this rhetoric while supporting Trump’s candidacy I knew I could not vote for my party’s nominee,” Blaxberg said of her decision to vote for Clinton in 2016. “It felt as if they were using those words as a permission slip.”

The idea of putting someone who was so cavalier about assaulting women into office not only picked a painful scab for Blaxberg, it made her fearful of what a Trump presidency would mean for other women, other victims, other survivors.

She was still a Republican when she voted for Clinton. And before she cast that ballot, she voted in the Republican Primary, hoping to do her part to field a GOP candidate not named Trump.

That was all when Blaxberg was a mother of two, both boys. In 2017 she adopted a daughter.

“I wanted her to know she had power. I wanted her to know she was safe,” Blaxberg said.

It wasn’t an easy choice, but Blaxberg didn’t recognize her own party anymore, and the complacency with what she and so many others saw and still see as blatant bigotry, misogyny and racism, drove her away.

But the departure was only temporary. She returned to the GOP in 2023, before filing to run for School Board. Her critics, which includes Moms for Liberty Pinellas Chapter Chair Angela Dubach, claim she changed her party affiliation to run in what is a conservative district. Blaxberg said that’s not the case at all.

“I wanted to make a difference in the party I grew up with,” she said.

Leaving felt like giving up, she explained. Her values have not changed, so instead of remaining a Democrat, she decided to return to the Republican Party to restore the decency she once appreciated about the GOP.

Blaxberg is frustrated with the irony of facing brutal attacks — ones largely waged in private groups online, but whose content often makes its way to Blaxberg through shared screenshots that have revealed, terrifyingly, photos of her children — from members of her own party. She also chuckles at how partisanship is playing such a heavy role in a nonpartisan election. And she’s mad, too.

“It makes me angry that I have to qualify my choices in who I voted for eight years ago with my own personal trauma,” Blaxberg lamented.

Yet Blaxberg has spent weeks grappling with whether to address criticism about her party affiliation. She didn’t feel like she should have to justify her conservative values, which should speak for themselves. And she’s not quite sure she understands why a commitment to serving all of her would-be constituents regardless of party affiliation comes across as a hot take.

“Working with Chris, I learned the importance of working across the aisle as an elected leader in order to accomplish things for the greater good,” she said, referring to her work as an aide for Latvala while he was Chair of the Florida House Education Committee, which included during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery.

“Not once did I ever answer the phone and ask if they voted for Latvala, because that’s not what public service is about. I want to be a leader who represents everyone.”

“When I take office, I’m going to be representing people who voted for my opponent, but that doesn’t make them any less worthy of my advocacy from the dais,” she added.

Telling her story — one that is deeply personal and private — wasn’t an easy decision. But as painful as the attacks have been for her personally, she’s more worried that staying silent empowers bullies and sends the wrong message to the students she hopes to serve.

“School safety is a big part of my platform, that is why Sheriff Bob Gualtieri endorsed me. A big part of that safety is mental health,” Blaxberg said. “Suicide is the No. 2 cause of death among our kids, behind accidents, and cyberbullying and some of the more unsavory aspects of social media are driving this epidemic among our youth. I don’t want what’s happening in this race to be a model for kids.”

She hopes that by speaking up about her trauma, and explaining how it informed her personal political choices over the last eight years, she can now close the chapter on this issue and the campaign can move on to substance.

“Politics has gotten so far away from policy and has turned to attacking people,” Blaxberg said. “As a candidate and as an elected official I want to make sure that we bring some decency to this process.”

Geier has personally made attacks against Blaxberg’s political affiliation, saying at a Republican Executive Committee Meeting, “I am the only candidate for this seat who has never been a registered Democrat and has never pushed the liberal agenda.”

She also has not denounced her supporters who have made more serious attacks. At the same meeting she went on to say, “thank you to Angela Dubach, and David Happe, and Amanda Capes, and Heather Vernillo for guiding me through those decisions and to step out in boldness to fight for our children.”

The people Geier thanked are the same ones who have launched what Blaxberg describes as a bullying campaign against her, according to screenshots she has of various posts.

“These smoke and mirror tactics are meant to distract from that fact that she is not a qualified candidate,” Blaxberg said. “She is out of touch with the real issues at hand for the school board, and instead called on the Pinellas County Commission to audit the Pinellas County Supervisor of Elections over invalid claims of voter fraud.”

Blaxberg is referencing comments Geier made at a Pinellas County Commission meeting on April 12, 2022.

And Geier isn’t the only candidate Blaxberg faces for the District 5 School Board seat. Also running to replace retiring incumbent Carol Cook are Democrats Dawn Douglas and Brad DeCorte.

District 5, which includes Clearwater, is conservative with a more than 14,000 voter advantage for the GOP. That means Democratic candidates aren’t likely to gain traction in the district.

Janelle Irwin Taylor

Janelle Irwin Taylor has been a professional journalist covering local news and politics in Tampa Bay since 2003. Most recently, Janelle reported for the Tampa Bay Business Journal. She formerly served as senior reporter for WMNF News. Janelle has a lust for politics and policy. When she’s not bringing you the day’s news, you might find Janelle enjoying nature with her husband, children and two dogs. You can reach Janelle at [email protected].


  • Ash

    May 13, 2024 at 7:11 am

    Anyone running for office who isn’t prepared to answer for their changes in party affiliation, is totally out of touch with voters and unprepared for public service. I was with Katie until reading this.
    Don’t tell us the reason you switched parties and then made an unpopular voting decision in 2016 was because you were assaulted. That makes no sense. Especially when you mention the name “Latvala” in the same breath as your excuses.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 13, 2024 at 12:03 pm

      This post reports Blackburg as having voted for Clinton in 2016. It was Clinton who won the popular vote, so where did we come up with a wacky accusation that she made an “unpopular” voting decision in 2016?

      And as a corollary (do they teach corollaries at MFL approved schools?), who exactly did Donald ZZzzzzz Trump think his voters were back in 2016? Why did he think they would care about his, um, sleepovers?

      Trump’s voters demonstrably do not care about morals, ethics, or the law. If Trump had known back in 2016 who his voters really were, in their heart of hearts, he wouldn’t be on trial right now for trying so hard to keep his Truth from them, would he?

      But Donaldzzzzzz was new to being Jesusy and didn’t realize it’s all a bunch of bull shit that people just pretend. He needn’t have bothered trying to deceive his voters, as they are the original deceivers. Trump’s voters created Trump the monster by their example. They really showed him the way to the Lord.

      • Amanda

        May 13, 2024 at 3:10 pm

        Then why’d she switch back? Just be what you believe. You are plainly saying what you believe and I respect that aspect. Even though I don’t agree. Why is she being phony?

        • Kenya read?

          May 14, 2024 at 3:09 pm

          This post says very clearly “she decided to return to the Republican Party to restore the decency she once appreciated about the GOP.”

          And looking through these comments, she is 100% correct about the G0P’s lack of decency. Not sure she can fix it. Nobody can fix it.

          The G0P will just have to die an agonizing death by suicide while the decent people of the USA wait for it and, reading comments such as the ones on here, wish for it to hurry TF up.

      • Dave

        May 13, 2024 at 5:12 pm

        Clinton did not win the popular vote in Pinellas County where Ms. Blaxberg is running for office

        • Dont Say FLA

          May 14, 2024 at 2:20 pm

          Ah, I see, “Dave.” Silly me. I should have realized we were context limited in our discussion to the world epicenter of hipness and popularity, Pinellas County, Florida, USA.

          So, “Dave,” if you really are “Dave,” grow a pair an stand up to that MFL beach whaled wife of yours telling you to post these comments for her. Dave, you do you. She can do her MFL nonsense. You do you.

  • SLD

    May 13, 2024 at 7:49 am

    If this was a sincere explanation for why she switched parties and voted Dem, it doesn’t explain why she conveniently switched back before running for office.

  • Yeah Right

    May 13, 2024 at 9:01 am

    Someone should ask who Katie will be voting for this year when she casts a vote for President. Guess we’ll see whether her “values” are consistent with what she’s spewing here.

  • Sad

    May 13, 2024 at 9:42 am

    Trauma is trauma. How she can support a party that is anti women makes no sense at all. Might she consider therapy rather than politics. There is no chance she can change the tone of the trump party. The Republican Party is gone. Maybe she should pay attention to the only election interference trial that trump is facing now. He has a one night stand after his wife has a baby. That shows how much he respects women.

  • Flo Rida

    May 13, 2024 at 10:34 am

    Katie is just a silly former Secretary to a two-but politician who spends his time either working at a mail shop owned by his dad, or furthering his grifting career by using his daddy’s political connections and what little bit of good will that family still has left in the community.

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 13, 2024 at 12:10 pm

    It’s apparently MFL comments day around here. Bunch of ad hominem right here in the comments sections.

    Nobody’s got anything bad to say about the candidate’s leadership, qualifications or political experience.

    Between four (so far) MFLs saying how awful she is, and nobody at all saying anything bad ever having been produced by or delivered from or by her, that arguably makes her the best candidate.

    Where MFLs say “No,” regular, decent type people say “Yes.”

  • Angela

    May 13, 2024 at 12:11 pm

    Katie supports The party that is confused about what bathroom to use

    • James

      May 13, 2024 at 1:09 pm

      What’s worse, Katie supports the Clinton’s who have enabled more sexual assault than a cell guard at Florence Prison.

      • Jamangela

        May 15, 2024 at 9:32 am

        Hardly anybody that voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016 supported Hillary Clinton. She was a terrible candidate that nobody wanted. But the GOP put up someone far, far worse, forcing the hands of the majority of voters. Voters picked Clinton, but only given an alternative choice of Donald J Trump.

        2016’s Presidential election was like a death row inmate picking between being electrocuted or getting the firing squad. You don’t either choice, but you have to pick from your available options. Democrats wont the election, but not the Presidency. Trump got the Presidency.

        2020’s election was like that too, but the Democrats provided a different candidate which was enough to win the Presidency along with winning the election again.

        2024 is also like that. WTF, USA? WWWWWTF?

    • P Anon

      May 14, 2024 at 3:32 pm

      How does the Q Anon crowd use the bathroom at home where anybody at all can use any bathroom regardless of sex, race, religion, or anything else that categorizes (divides) people?

      That must get very confusing.

      Has anybody stood their ground over where they dump their stools yet? “My husband tried to use my natural born women only bathroom that was clearly labeled with a skirted silhouette on the door, so I shot him dead.”

  • Kelly

    May 13, 2024 at 12:25 pm

    I am no longer considering voting for Blaxburg. This article disgusts me. Clearly a hit piece. And I don’t even know what to think. And I feel homeless as a Democrat. Her reason for switching parties doesn’t even make sense. And then why would you switch back to Republican Party? As somoe who has been a victim of sexual assault it disgusts me that anyone would use that for political gain. That is a deal breaker for me. I went to a law enforcement event and met Stacy. I don’t like some of the things republicans have done but she was actually very reasonable and talked to me for a while. I’m ashamed of my party for jumping off a cliff lately. We went through a lot to get victims the attention and platform they need to make changes and this makes the movement look cheap. And fake. I’m tired of this crap.

    • Ron Forrest Ron

      May 14, 2024 at 3:11 pm

      I really believe you are a Democrat and you wrote so convincingly that I, another Democrat, will do exactly as you advise “us” Democrats do. THANK YOU

  • Van

    May 13, 2024 at 12:46 pm

    “Over the years, Blaxberg has sought therapy and now, she’s proud to be a survivor. But her experience has and continues to inform her decisions.
    “It was the ‘Access Hollywood’ tape that did it,” Blaxberg said of her decision to vote for Clinton in 2016, referring to the shocking hot mic audio of former President Donald Trump bragging about grabbing women — assaulting them, Blaxberg said.

    So “principled” Katie did the morally right thing and…


    Voted to send Slick Willy and his fine cigars back to 1600 Pennsylvania lol.

    This history revisionist Blaxberg puff piece is LOL and Florida Politics and this Marxist Dem activist writer Janelle Irwin should be ashamed of themselves for printing this.

  • Pam

    May 13, 2024 at 12:47 pm

    This was upsetting to read. Let me get this straight…. The access Hollywood thing did it for you which is just something that was said so then instead you switched and voted for the wife of one of the most public sexual abusers in America ?? Ok then. So who are you voting for this year? Are you a Republican or Democrat? Are you voting for Trump this time?. I met you at the Belleair Women’s Republican Club. And honestly I was leaning towards voting for you until I read this. If you would vote for Clinton and Biden I can’t vote for you. I am sorry for what you have been through but politicizing that is not going ti be received well.

  • Van

    May 13, 2024 at 12:54 pm

    Also the Access Hollywood tape dropped on 10/7/16. So is Katie claiming she was a Never Trumper but somehow was prepared to vote for him but then she heard the tape and decided she had to support 2 of the biggest scumbags to ever enter American politics in Bill and Hillary.

    Uhhh did this Marxist lib journo interviewing Katie push back on that Candy Land narrative? If anyone believes that made up tale I’ve got some premium property in Licorice Forrest I can get you a great price on. This entire article reads like a candidate who knows she’s absolutely cooked and is now in extinction burst mode.

    • 8Years L8R

      May 15, 2024 at 9:26 am

      Eight years later, 50% of American voters still haven’t figured it out. Trump’s exact same con as with 2016 and 2020 is, somehow, inexplicably, working again, and on the very same people as 2016 and 2020.

      We need to scrap our educational system here in USA and start completely over. USA’s education system failed. 3X Trump proves it failed. Three strikes, you’re out.

  • Amanda

    May 13, 2024 at 1:46 pm

    lol. She thinks I’m a bully? All I did was post her own recording!! It was on a public podcast. And then asking if she’s a liberal why change parties to run?? That’s bullying? Sounds like Dems are asking the same thing. . Asking questions is normal in a campaign. If she can’t answer them she shouldn’t run. Sounds like both sides wanted clarity on where she stands! I’ve never seen such a manic campaign. Her opponent hasn’t changed her positions one time. And is endorsed by Congresswoman Luna, Rep. Jacques, Senator DeCeglie, and a bunch of mayors and organizations. She sticks to the issues and is clear on her platform and what she wants to bring to the trades program, school safety, giving the teachers and parents a better seat at the table and the board. I haven’t seen Katie talk about any of those issues or any of the issues in our schools or what she will do on the board. You have to be clear on where you stand. No matter what political side of the spectrum. When people doubt your stances and intentions because you’re trying to play both sides, it doesn’t bode well in 2024. I actually will respect a democrat for at least being clear on where they stand. Even if where they stand is wrong in my view. So Katie if you’re a liberal, then you do you. Or if you’re voting for Trump or Biden this time, explain.. But this article only further added to the complete cluster that is your campaign. And I am sorry you had that experience in life. Truly. But I don’t think you should use it to justify your flip flopping. VOTE STACY GEIER. No confusion with her.

    • Balls

      May 14, 2024 at 3:41 pm

      Stacy Geier’s own campaign website says one of her children broke the law by praying at school, but refuses to disclose what kind of church the family attends or who her child broke the law praying to. What is she hiding? Was her child praying to Satan because the family attends the Church of Satan? I can’t think of any other reason she would try to cover up her faith and cover up exactly how her child broke the law at school. No confusion with Stacy Geier, huh. Law breaking children and Satan Rules.

  • Dave

    May 13, 2024 at 1:48 pm

    Do your homework: Katie didn’t switch parties (from Rep to Dem) until 2019. So the “Trump Trauma Effect” clearly was either inexplicably delayed by 3 years, or it was nonexistent and she’s just got nothing else to cover up her lack of a grounded moral compass.
    And, since she switched back to the GOP in 2023 right before running for office, none of this is credible anyway. This lady is a hard pass. No way will I vote for her.
    She’d have won me over if she had just been honest and admitted the real reason for her bipolar voting record. This is disgusting and clearly is only aimed at trying to shame people who are questioning her record.
    Sorry blondie, you’re just as accountable for your voting history as every other person who runs for office.

  • Sweet

    May 13, 2024 at 2:04 pm

    It’s a slap in the face of victims everywhere, I was a victim of child sexual exploitation multiple times as a child and raped as an adult. It’s absolutely abhorrent to bring that into a political ring where it would seem that taking an opposite stance against you would say that we were ok with you being raped. It’s very tacky and low class to bring your past trauma into the scene to use it as an attack for people who disagree with you. You are equating their words with something physical that happened with you earlier and it is absolutely classless.
    Disagreeing with what a politician has done in no way is equal to rape.

    • Nancy Macey

      May 13, 2024 at 2:07 pm

      Q-ing laugh track now

  • Dont Say FLA

    May 13, 2024 at 2:06 pm

    Have we got one MFL or two trying but failing today to write sensible comments as if sensible people would have any reason to vote against this candidate?

    MFL go to h3ll!

    • Dave

      May 13, 2024 at 3:04 pm

      No “Moms for Liberty commenting here. I’m a dude. Hence the name “Dave.” And I’d venture to say the main reason why nobody has much to say about Katie’s “leadership, qualifications or experience” is because even Katie herself doesn’t have much to say in those respects. Her website tells us nothing except that she seems to have a thing for bubble gum pink and nothing of substance.

      Also, why doesn’t she tout her Jewish faith on any of her campaign material? That’s certainly relevant to the current discussions impacting classrooms and student learning. She never talks about it. Instead, she’s talking about a voting decision she made 8 years ago as if it’s relevant to her decision to go back and forth on party affiliations 5 years ago, then 1 year ago.
      This is not an MFL ad hominem, just a series of observations verifiable by anyone reading this.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 14, 2024 at 2:36 pm

        If Katie comes out the closet as being Jewish, will “Dave” be happy and vote for Katie?

        Or is it that “Dave” thinks that somebody being Jewish is something “Dave” can smear them with because “Dave” is offended by that, therefore everybody is required to be offended by that?

    • Angela

      May 13, 2024 at 3:17 pm

      😂 we have two on the board now and well at least 2 or 3 more after the election .😉

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 15, 2024 at 8:14 am

        A “Ladies Who Lunch” group claiming to be “for kids” goes and loads up the school board with religious zealot dipsticks who won’t tolerate anything that’s not specifically approved in their outdated religious text That helps kids? How?

  • MH/Duuuval

    May 13, 2024 at 2:29 pm

    I have seen Florida turkey buzzards approaching road kill behaving better than the low-life MAGA/Q haters perching here.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 2:26 pm

      A bird taking a dump on my car windshield has been more convincing than these comments, and that dang ole bird wasn’t even trying to convince me of anything. It was just plain ole taking a dump. These MFLs are taking dumps all over the place here trying to convince me Katie is the devil but they are only drowning in their own bird shit which is so deep they can’t see past it.

  • Liberty4All

    May 13, 2024 at 2:43 pm

    The biggest problem I see in the comments is clearly leftist people who are hate spewing at M4L, with nothing more than biased bigotry to back it up.
    The second biggest problem is the candidate herself. It’s unfortunate that our politics is so polarized right now, but the fact of the matter is they are. Trying to play the center is a losing strategy that will get both sides to vote for other candidates, so keep it up!
    The the most ridiculous thing I read is the sensationalism of trying to say you or your children are in any physical threat from the people you are roasting here. SHAME on you for that disgusting tactic. That is the behavior that has created a huge divide in our politics. So on the one hand you want to play the victim, and on the other YOU perpetuate the behavior you claim is the problem. Sounds like a leftist to me.

    • Dancing Outlaw

      May 14, 2024 at 3:23 pm

      I saw some Moms for Liberty on this show “Midterms 2022 with Paola Ramos” back when Rep Anna Paulina Luna was still only running her campaign for the House Seat that she successfully won. Since joining the House, she has been representing us very well. I will vote for her every time she’s on the ballot!

      M4Ls, however, were also on that same show. The M4Ls were quite open with expressing their hatred of LGBTQ+ in barely veiled terms. It’s little wonder Rep Luna ditched the M4Ls after she won her House seat. They are way too nutty, and in the most extreme ways. And this is Florida, so that’s saying something.

  • Liberty4All

    May 13, 2024 at 3:12 pm

    It would appear Florida Politics is censoring comments it doesn’t like. I left one previously and I did not use any cuss words, make any threats, or say anything untrue. So let’s try again and see if they censor me again!
    I made 3 points.
    1. I find it ridiculous when people spew hateful rhetoric at M4L, when it is all hate bias, period. Your bigotry is showing.
    2. This candidate is attempting to play the victim, while at the same time exhibiting the same behavior she is claiming to be the victim of; and
    3. I criticized, and continue to criticize the very shameful behavior of alleging feeling threatened physically, including stating feeling fear of physical threat to your children, from anyone you named in this article. That is ridiculous, untrue, and reprehensible.
    For the reasons stated above, you have earned your loss in this race.

    • Dont Say MFLa

      May 14, 2024 at 1:57 pm

      We MFLs absolutely love every last one of the little transes and gays. They’re great kids!

      Al we want is for them to be kept separate but equal from our kids at school.

      Normal folks send their kids to churchy schools for that sort of isolation from the real world, but we send our kids to public school and then whine about it!

      Wahhhhhhhhhh transes and gays wahhhhhhhhhhh

    • Threats say what?

      May 14, 2024 at 3:27 pm

      The word “threat” appears only in comments supportive of M4Ls.

      The news story makes no mention of any threats, but commenters are all about threats.

      That is revealing as to where the threats, if any, are coming from. It’s also revealing that yes, there are probably threats given how folks came on here to write in defense of allegations of threats absent any allegations of threats in this story.

  • My Take

    May 13, 2024 at 4:38 pm

    “Are you, or have you ever been, a member of the Communist Party?”

  • Jim

    May 13, 2024 at 4:39 pm

    I love a good smear article in the morning to read with my morning poop. I’m curious though if Florida Politics reached out to any of the people they named in their article or spoke to the chair of the GOP about the validity of this before writing it? Or did you just post full names in an attempt to hope they get doxxed. Let’s see these so called threats to physical safety you are accusing them of. I smell a nice defamation lawsuit in the works. Great job Katie. You just alienated yourself from a majority of the Republican party with your antics. Bravo.
    The only person posting pics of your kids is you. Way to protect them online mom.
    I will enjoy the upcoming school board forums.

    • Felons Can't Have Guns

      May 15, 2024 at 9:21 am

      Thanks for reminding me. I have been meaning to poop since about 7pm yesterday. Time to poop! Poop, poop, poop!

      I wonder how long until Trump takes away everyone’s guns just because he won’t be allowed to have one therefore nobody can have one because he deserves everything and we deserve whatever we get from him just because we fell for his bullshit and elected him despite his first term proving he can’t do the job?

  • Claire

    May 13, 2024 at 5:47 pm

    Katie’s reluctance to share her story helps explain why very few sensible Republicans run or get elected in Pinellas County unless they’re the only Republican in the race.
    If this were a Republican vs Democrat race only, nobody would give a crap about her one-time vote for a Dem. And nobody would be surprised that she switched parties in recent years. Half the voting population in Florida has done the same thing.
    It’s too bad this nice young lady just happens to be a Republican running against other Republicans. Instead of getting yo know her better, the GOP is ready to devour her at the idea she just might be a damn normal human being…..

    Hey folks, yeah you – all of you nut jobs with torches and boulders hoisted over your shoulder at the mere mention of a “Democrat” or anything else that makes a candidate human and relatable to most of America: get out of your glass houses before you keep launching your attacks.
    You’re only bringing yourselves down.

    • Angela Dubach

      May 13, 2024 at 11:03 pm

      It is a republican vs democrat race and everyone knows it.
      BiPartisan school board elections will be on the ballot

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 14, 2024 at 2:13 pm

        “Bipartisan” does not mean what you think it means.

        Don’t worry about it, though.

        It’s totally understandable for an MFL to get all flustered and confused by a word that starts with “bi.”

  • Heather

    May 13, 2024 at 6:17 pm

    Yeah I don’t buy it. Claiming that sexual trauma informed her presidential vote is a reach. Especially because of her extensive DEI, Ruth’s List, Moms Demand Action, social justice warrior liberal base of friends (who loathe Trump) like Becca Tieder, who has brought her “sexy, entertaining” sexual assault awareness Sexversations card game to over 2 million students. One card reads “Is it unfaithful to fantasize about someone else while having sex?” How this helps with trauma is beyond me. So Blaxberg is BFFs with Becca but couldn’t vote for Trump. What a terrible article. #LicoriceForest

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 2:07 pm

      This comment is six lines of text. Three of the lines are things nobody ever heard of unless they’re sitting on the couch all day with the talking heads on the wall convincing them everyone’s awful and coming for their chirren.

  • Heather Vernillo

    May 14, 2024 at 5:43 am

    I am one of the people tagged in this article. The candidate mentioned, Stacy Geier, thanked me in an early season speaking engagement because I met with her prior to her filing to go over aspects of running a campaign as a non politician as I have experience in that. In fact I met with her and several other candidates running for office, including municipal candidates. This isn’t unique. What I didn’t do was target, harass or bully the subject of this article. I find it absolutely disgusting that Katie posted such libel things about me. I have never once threatened anyone’s physical safety or their children’s safety as Ms. Blaxberg states to this reporter. Not sure how all 103lbs of me physically threatened her. I am a mother myself and I am appalled by these accusations. Absolutely appalled that this candidate stated these false things about me. I do political commentary, this is not a secret and everyone is welcome to scroll my Twitter or TikTok (The Real Heather) and see for themselves that I never once did the things this candidate is accusing me of. If you post a public picture of you with someone that is promoting pornographic and non age appropriate literature in our schools funded by tax payer money then expect a stakeholder like myself to discuss it. I have over 300 videos and 25k local followers and I believe Ms. Blaxberg was the subject of 1 video. If questioning candidates stances on subjects is now called bullying then I guess every one is guilty of it. This is a pathetic intimidation tactic and defamatory in nature using my name. Do better as a candidate. I urge all taxpayers and stakeholders to attend the multiple school board, state legislation, congressional and county commission forums that will occur throughout the county over the next few months so you can be an informed voter and make the best decision on who to cast your vote for.

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 2:05 pm

      As awful as Heathers are, that comment comes across as more of a Karen. Gonna talk to Katie’s manager, huh. LOL @ MFLs

    • rick whitaker

      May 14, 2024 at 9:04 pm

      HEATHER, you florida witches are some back bitting freaks.

      • Dont Say FLA

        May 15, 2024 at 9:35 am

        Rick have ya ever met a Heather who wasn’t completely hideous? I haven’t. I truly wish J.D. (played by Christian Slater) had been successful in his boiler room effort to rid the world of Heathers.

  • Sweet

    May 14, 2024 at 1:32 pm

    Katie blocked me from her public campaign page where she’s running for public office the Supreme Court has said that any public official that blocks or removes comments from their public official page violates the first amendment

    • Dont Say FLA

      May 14, 2024 at 2:03 pm

      Your point being…. that Katie would have to unblock you if she wins public office?

      Or are you trying (but, again, failing) to imply that she is breaking the law by blocking you from some internet site?

      I reckon y’all MFLs never did claim to be bright, did ya. Y’all only claim exclusively to be right. Everybody else is wrong. MFLs are right. Need convincing? Read all the comments here from all the MFLs. Just like that. Proof.

  • WWKD

    May 14, 2024 at 2:39 pm

    What did Katie do the MFLs?

    Did Katie refuse to burn a book they said everybody was required to burn?

    That is just awful of Katie to refuse a book burning. No wonder the MFLs are so bitter!

    • Chris Z. Glarr

      May 15, 2024 at 9:03 am

      Katie refused to play our bedroom game

  • Roo Pawl

    May 14, 2024 at 2:47 pm

    Dear Moms For Liberty, I am truly sorry the ladies on my show Drag Race are more attractive to your husbands than you are.

    That said, I cannot fix that situation. Hating on drag queens also cannot remedy your situation.

    Like Smokey Eye Shade Bear says, “only you can prevent forest fires” and the husband’s been getting really hot in the pants for drag queens, hasn’t he.

    Improve that attitude, probably get some Ozmepic, wait 6 months, things should start looking up at home! And then you can stop obsessing over OPP yeah you know me

  • The Algorithm

    May 15, 2024 at 9:22 am

    I have moved the MFLs along. Nothing to see here anymore. They have no clue how to get back here now that I moved them along.

    • The Algorithm

      May 16, 2024 at 7:38 am

      LOL @ MFLs can’t even use the internets right.

      Next comment from an MFL here would be May 13 2025 when the internet shows them their :a year ago today,” but lucky for the rest of us non-MFL types, comments will be closed by the date they can find this post again.

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