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If Charlie Crist’s all-out TV ad blitz and statewide bus tour didn’t widen the gap between him and Tom Gallagher, the response by Gallagher’s campaign certainly exacerbated the situation. The Gallagher campaign sent protesters to a Crist rally, they distributed a very lame Top 10 list about Charlie’s bus tour, they’ve released useless media bulletins, etc., etc. It’s becoming apparent how bush-league Gallagher’s campaign is being run.

Of course, I just hate the message Crist is delivering: “I’m a Ronald Reagan Republican!” he exclaims everywhere. The last thing this state needs is a Reaganesque leader. First of all, if Reagan was good at anything — and that’s a big if — it was foreign policy, not exactly part of the next governor’s portfolio. So does that mean Crist will model his governing policies on Reagan’s domestic policies? If so, then I’ll have to vote against Charlie. Florida doesn’t need less government, it needs better government.

Would anything be more obnoxious than John Renke running for judge again after he is thrown off the bench by the Florida Supreme Court? Yes, if Judge Brent Downey does the same thing. Judge Downey is reportedly thinking of resigning earlier than his agreement with the JQC stipulated and filing to run for the open Circuit Judge seat. Puke!

Wait, there is one more thing more obnoxious than a Renke candidacy…the scene at the PCREC last night when judicial candidates Pat Siracusa and Lee Ann Lake, who really shouldn’t even be at such partisan events, actually campaigned for the local GOP’s endorsement. Did the Renke scandal not teach these people anything? I hope the JQC and the Supreme Court come down hard on any judicial candidate that tries any funny business.

Why is Carrie Wadlinger being allowed to stay in office as chair of the Pinellas Democratic Party. She announced her resignation weeks ago, but made it effective for the beginning of candidate qualifying week in July. That’s like Santa Claus resigning on Christmas Eve. Get out of the way Carrie and let the leaders who want to lead do what you could not.

The only thing worse than Carrie in office is not knowing who will lead after she is gone.

Click on any of the candidate sites I have listed on the right and it’s like visiting the Internet circa 1998. Most of the sites are so boring, both creatively and content-wise. With few exceptions, most of the websites look like they were designed by “volunteers.” There is little updating and almost no true-interactivity. Sure, the sites done for the GOP incumbents, like Frank Farkas or Kim Berfield, are decent, but even those sites are based on website models from four or six years ago. Basically, these websites — in the era of Howard Dean and DailyKos — are lifeless brochures thrown together with little forward-thinking. Tsk, tsk.

What will the local Dems do when Liz McCallum posts her best fundraising quarter total to-date?

Where is Katherine Harris?

Welcome back to all the things that make summer so exciting. Hurricanes, tanlines, 2-for-1 margarita specials, barbecues, a new season of Entourage. Like the man said in Swingers, it’s 80 degrees here every day!

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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