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Back into the Tigers’ Den, I bag me a Tiger!

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It’s been more than a year and half since I last attended a Tiger Bay luncheon. Actually, it feels like a lifetime ago. Perhaps the most appealing benefit of membership is the ability to participate in Question & Answer sessions with the speakers. The coveted “Fang & Claw Award” is presented to the member at each meeting who “slashes through pretension and prevarication” with the toughest question of the day.

With Mayor Rick Baker as the speaker, I knew he was going to be asked a lot of tough questions, but I had a zinger in mind that I thought would leave him speechless. I asked him: “Mr. Mayor, considering that no candidate with a mustache has won statewide office on their own since Senator Duncan Fletcher in 1936, would you consider shaving your mustache if it translated into a bump in the polls?

He replied with good humor. “I happen to think my mustache is so pathetic that I could run for anything,” Baker said. The Times reported about my question here. And Creative Loafing is running my blog post about it here. More important, I bagged my first Tiger in some time, taking home the “Fang & Claw Award.” This is ironic because the last time I attended Tiger Bay, all that time ago, I won my first F&C for a question I asked Tony DiMatteo. I guess I won’t go to another luncheon until 2011.

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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