As I continue to make my way back from my Montgomery Brogan left-turn in life and arrive at where I find my career now — a well-read blog, a host of political clients — I’ve been waiting for an enterprising political reporter to call and ask, “After all you have been through, how the hell are you back in the political game?’
Two years ago, The Tampa Bay Times‘ Eric Deggans took a swipe at my story, but for whatever reason, backed off from following through with his piece. I’m glad he did because that was before I met Michelle … before we had Ella … and before I had made it fully back.
At this point, I genuinely believe my career is further along of where it would have been had there not been “a wilting of great promise”, as the then-St. Petersburg Times described it. Certainly, there are many doors which are now closed to me. I, most likely, will never be able to run for elected office. I won’t be getting a top-secret security clearance any time soon. Etc.
But every step along the way, including the backward ones, has brought me to this point in my life — and when I look out from my office at home and see Michelle and Ella noodling on the couch — I cannot imagine it being any other way.
That’s the thrust of Sunshine State News political reporter Nancy Smith’s profile of me, which may be read here.
“Part scoundrel, part genius, part self-promoting huckster, SaintPetersBlog’s Peter Schorsch lives Florida politics about as large as any one man can,” Smith writes, perfectly summing up my unique place in the Florida politcal-sphere.
She goes on to describe SaintPetersBlog as ‘arguably Florida’s best-known blog site’, while allowing me to talk about why I started the blog and what I have done to transform it into a vibrant, entrepreneurial endeavor.
There are also some warts in the story, including some typically douche-y comments from one of my bete noires, Chris Ingram, as well as a refresher on the personal issues which almost knocked me out of politics for good.
But, the entirety of the profile, like my life in general, is hopeful.
“I admit it,” Smith quotes me saying, “I’d made a lot go wrong in my life. I don’t think anybody ever expected me to get dealt back into the game.”
But back in he is, she writes.
“I look at my wife Michelle and my 4-month-old baby Ella and my life now,” Smith quotes me at the end of the piece, “and I think I’m a good example of why you give people a second chance.”