On second thought, Hyde to stay in commission race
SARASOTA COUNTY - On second thought, and after further review, Sarasota City Commission candidate Martin Hyde may not quit the race after all.
Hyde is accused of telling some young Hispanic tennis players to 'cut the grass.' The incident, that took place at Sarasota Bath And Racquet, brought so much negative attention to him that he planned to quit the race following those allegations. He says now he is rescinding his campaign termination. Hyde, a prominent Republican, is running for the seat held by Commissioner Liz Alpert.
He adamantly denies saying anything racist but acknowledges he acted inappropriately in confronting some young Hispanic players. Hyde said the players were talking loudly and disrupting a lesson his son was taking, but that he should have handled the situation better.
Hyde told the Herald Tribune that he is "exploring ways that I can atone for my actions."