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Agenda 2010’s Bizarro World straw poll

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My favorite rabble-rouser Gypsy Gallardo helped organize a forum of the St. Petersburg City Council candidates, during which a straw poll was held to, supposedly, gauge the favorites of the African-American community.

And like the Bizarro World in which up is down and black is white, most of the winners of the Bizarro Straw Poll are the candidates who will probably lose. And even those candidates who might win, the results are so lopsided, that only Bizarro Superman could make sense of them. (Not coincidentally, all of the candidates who won are the candidates m’lady Gypsy is backing.) A recap of the straw poll:

District 2 – Steve Corsetti 83 percent; Jim Kennedy 11 percent. Listen, I think Corsetti is going to win, but for a sitting member of the City Council to only receive 11 percent is preposterous.

District 4 – Leslie Curran (Incumbent) 52 percent; Pamella Settlegoode 44 percent. According to this result, the black community has all but abandoned the City Council member most closely aligned with Go Davis to side with an uber-liberal with no history in their community.

District 5 – Steve Kornell 57 percent; Angela Rouson 39 percent. This is where the results get really Bizarro. Kornell beat Rouson among the brothas and sistas? Wilco tango foxtrot? Angela may not win the race, but she will win Midtown by 4 to 1.

District 6 – Karl Nurse 33 percent; Vel Thompson 67 percent. This will be the only thing Vel Thompson wins this campaign.

District 8 – Jeff Danner 24 percent; Leonard Schmiege 74 percent. Now, I like my boy Len, but don’t try and tell me he’s now the White Boy Roy of Midtown?

Only in this Bizarro world, where day is night and Gypsy is Queen, can these results be taken seriously.

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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