5 things I think I think about today's St. Pete Times

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Adam Smith scored a helluva scoop, tagging along with presidential contender Jon Huntsman as the former Ambassador to China all but launched his campaign from St. Petersburg:

It was Huntsman’s debut of sorts on the presidential trail, or at least the first time any reporter has seen him give a political speech since he returned from China last week to start exploring a campaign. Huntsman made a point of noting that his wife, Mary Kaye Huntsman, is an Orlando native who lived in Florida until age 14 and that his daughter married someone from Dunedin.

“I never thought I’d be standing in somebody’s living room with my Florida better half talking about these things,” he confessed. “This is a surreal moment, I’ve got to tell you that. Normal people don’t just wake up in the morning and say I think it’d be a good idea to run for president of the United States.”

FYI, I am a little disappointed with the Huntsman campaign because I sniffed out his St. Pete appearance early and all but begged to get two minutes with the soon-to-be candidate. The campaign was good about staying in touch, but I was not able to meet Huntsman, leading me to wonder if his campaign understands how important social media is to a modern campaign. I know Adam’s more important than me, but perhaps Huntsman’s people should ask Charlie Crist what happens when you ignore Florida’s blogosphere.

As for Adam Smith, why are they running his Buzz column on 3B with news from last week? Was this a mis-print?

Another question, can anyone explain why the Times still finds it necessary to devote an entire half-page to the national weather forecast? Does anyone still look to the newspaper for news about weather, such as what the forecast will be in San Jose two days from now?

I hope this editorial is not the last we read of the newspaper’s coverage of the controversial contract between the Koch Brothers and Florida State.

But such blatant pandering undermines the institution’s credibility and would be just as improper if a wealthy liberal benefactor such as George Soros demanded his own professors for hire.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.