Current Mayor David O. Archie said he was hesitant to speak out in favor of either candidate at the meeting but feels he has to now that Alahouzos has made allegations against the entire commission from 2001, which he also was a part of.

“I really didn’t want to get involved, but I don’t know where this is coming from about the Sunshine Law,” he said. “These claims are absurd, and if I don’t say anything about it, how else can I defend my integrity? When someone says that we collectively — that I personally — violated the Sunshine Law, I am forced to say something because my integrity is being questioned.”

Archie said as a current mayor, he can identify with DiDonato and the actions he took in 2001.

“I’ve been around a long time, and I would know a violation if I saw one,” he said. “This was just somebody in a leadership position showing true leadership by taking charge of a situation he knew he had support on.”

Contact Megan Reeves at mreeves@tampabay.com or (727) 445-4153. Follow @mreeves_tbt.

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