5 things I think I think about today's Tampa Bay Times

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This is the front of today’s Times

I can make you this guarantee right now: Look for this exact image to be in your mailboxes and on TV next year when Mayor Bill Foster is up for re-election. Guaranteed.

In fact, in case you haven’t noticed lately, the newspaper is slowly but surely building its case to NOT re-endorse Foster next year, especially if a progressive like Rick Kriseman or Scott Wagman is on the ballot.

Credit to City Hall reporter Mark Puente, not just for staying late to cover this story about the City Council’s rejection of Foster’s proposed Fire Readiness Fee, but also for posting something actually interesting to the all but dormant Bay Buzz blog.

Another reporter who deserves a nod this morning is  Craig Pittman for wrangling a couple of really good quotes out of the difficult-to-pin-down Congressman Bill Young. Writing about how Young has, through the years, avoided debating  his lesser-known opponents, Pittman gets Young on the record saying that he can’t debate because, “…I am in Washington, which is where the job takes me a good part of the time.”

In capable hands, that quote would be the framework for a whole line of attack against Rep. Young.

Speaking about credit, doesn’t local website I Love the ‘burg deserve a tip of the hat from reporter Katherine Snow Smith for breaking the news about Whole Foods eyeing a site in St. Petersburg? Brian and Dex had this story nailed a fully 24 hours before the Times wrote about it. I know who their source is on this story and I’m positive they gave them the heads-up first.

Finally, thank you Gertrude McWilliams of Valrico for writing a letter-to-the-editor to ask, “Why the big fuss about Charlie Crist leaving the Republican Party and becoming an independent?”

Why indeed. And why does the Times continue to give valuable op-ed space, first to George LeMieux, then to local fundraiser A.K. Desai, in order for them to exact their PERSONAL revenge on Crist for him leaving the GOP. Desai said nothing more than he would raise a lot of money as part of an effort to damage Crist’s reputation.

Tsk, tsk for the Times giving Desai an outlet for this vendetta.

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.