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#10 on list of Tampa Bay’s Most Powerful Politicians – Bob Gualtieri

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Although the Pinellas County sheriff declined the opportunity to run for higher office when the CD 13 seat become open in late 2013, Bob Gualtieri displayed major political skills in 2014.

As the legislative chair of the Florida Sheriffs Association, his profile rose dramatically, as he became the face and voice of the FSA in opposing Amendment Two, the 2014 medical marijuana ballot initiative.

“So I think this whole advocacy by the proponents is really subterfuge for general recreational legalization,” Gualtieri told the News Service of Florida last August. “This isn’t about medical purposes.”

The FSA has again come out against medical marijuana this year – this time opposing a bill sponsored in the House by state Sen. Jeff Brandes. Of course, that announcement came after Gualtieri told the Tampa Bay Times he thought he supported the legislation.

Gualtieri also chairs the Florida Sheriffs’ Task Force.


For a complete explanation of how this list was created and who comprised the panel that assembled it, please read here.



Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.

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