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Morroni: 'If My Health Is Good, I'm Running Again in 2014'

What a difference a year has made for Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni.

What a difference a year has made for Pinellas County Commissioner John Morroni.

Last year, at his 17th annual appreciation dinner for local law enforcement, the affable Republican pol all collapsed from dehydration, a side effect of the chemotherapy he was undergoing to fight non-Hodgkins lymphoma.

Still, that chemotherapy was saving Morroni's life. The therapy was having an effect. The malignant tumor was shrinking. And so, this year, after months of recovery and recuperation, Morroni presided over his law enforcement appreciation event with no issues.

If you saw John then or at Commission meetings or buzzing about town, you can literally see the vitality returned to his. He's doing well again. It's been a tough time for John, but he's better.

I spoke with John on Wednesday about what the future holds for him. Specifically, is he interested in serving another term on the County Commission? The rumor making its way around Court Street was that John was not running again in 2014. Heck, John pretty much said that to some of his colleagues on the Commission. This was it; two more years on the Commission and then John would retire from a career of public service.

But with his health better and his joie de vivre restored, John Morroni tells mes that if his health remains in good shape, he is running for re-election in 2014.

Unfortunately, it's not just his health which has Morroni worried. He's also concerned about the lawsuit seeking to impose term limits on the County Commission. There is the possibility that if the suit is successful, Morroni and some of his colleagues would be immediately removed from office and/or prevented from running again. The uncertainty of the court case has already prompted Commissioner Ken Welch to re-evaluate his future on the board.

Still, when you think about what Morroni has gone through over the past few years to get here, a (frivolous) lawsuit is not going to change his attitude. Johnny's back! Hopefully, he can stay awhile. 

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Robert Saltzman February 11, 2013 at 09:27 PM
Who are you talking about..John Moroni is a Dictator???
Patriot February 11, 2013 at 09:35 PM
No Robert....not at all.... I was simply putting some information on the screen for the LOW INFORMATION VOTERS that read this. One of the many things twisted today in educating Americans on our government, is the constant use of the word DEMOCRACY.... I always like to set the record straight on that.
Robert Saltzman February 11, 2013 at 10:15 PM
I knew exactly what you were talking about and I wanted to call you out...now you and yours are wanting to monkey with the electroal vote...I am not in any way a"low informatiion voter"....the only thing that is twisted in our Governent are people that did all they could to surpress the vote, now that didn't work so your boy Rinsed Pukness came up with a new scheme or gimmick "lets fix the electoral vote"..TG not one State is going along with that fruit loopy idea.....
Patriot February 12, 2013 at 01:22 AM
Well Robert, you did not bust me on anything. Apparently you are one of the LIV's! I am neither a Republican, or a Democrat! But you responded exactly like a drone for a party would. What a shame, they say "with age,comes wisdom"....guess you are younger then you look!
Robert Saltzman February 12, 2013 at 09:17 AM
I'll leave it at that..you have a nice day...

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