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A public congratulations to Commissioner John Morroni

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by

At about this time last week, I was considering pulling a practical joke on my friend Commissioner John Morroni.

About 20 minutes before candidate qualifying was to close last Friday, I was going to call him, frantic, with news that a last-minute candidate was stepping up to challenge him this November.  The best name I could come up with was former state legislator Kim Berfield, figuring that she was a serious enough name to spook Morroni, but obscure enough that he wouldn’t actually call her to confirm the rumor.

Oh, the hilarity.

Poor John, he’s never had a free pass to re-election.  Not that any politician necessarily deserves one, but if anyone does, it has to be John Morroni.  He won a very public battle against cancer (John’s struggle is the reason why I wore a LiveStrong bracelet years after they were fashionable) while remaining a populist voice on the Pinellas County Commission.

In the run-up to candidate qualifying, there was never a serious rumor about someone considering a run at John.  Yet, I can imagine John crossing every finger last Friday while counting down the minutes until candidate qualifying closed.

That’s why I was going to call him and spin my tale of a last-minute candidate.  But after what John has fought through, the man deserved peace.

Well, he won that peace and another four years in office.  Congratulations, John.

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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