Aw, come on, Scott Wagman, you did not say that

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Mine is an interesting relationship with St. Petersburg businessman Scott Wagman.  While I pounded on him and his campaign mercilessly when he ran for Mayor in 2009, our relationship has fortunately improved to the lets-get-coffee-once-a-month level after Wagman reached out to me and magnanimously forgave me for some of the meaner things I said about him during the campaign.

Assuming Rick Baker does not want to run for Mayor in 2013, my preferred choice to replace Bill Foster would probably be Wagman.  He’s a smart urban liberal with a businessman’s eye for economic development and opportunity.  And he has a wonderful wife, which I’ve learned over the last couple of months is a pretty good indication of a man’s character.

But I could only support Scott if he clearly demonstrates that he has learned a few lessons from his 2009 bid.

This quote from Scott about the chances of him running in 2013 has me wondering:

“If Kathleen Ford and Rick Baker jump in, I’ll jump in again just to muck it up.”

That’s the kind of silly, political immature brain fart Scott Wagman circa 2009 would have said. Sorta like how he blamed “sign monsters” for taking his campaign signage or, worse, his suggestion to “bulldoze the Pier.”

From talking to him, on topics as diverse as the future of the city to his advice about parenting, I know Scott has matured since 2009 and is smarter than how he sounded on Monday.

Show us that Scott Wagman, please.

Do that and you won’t be mucking things up, you just may end up the next mayor.

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.