Bill Foster’s lack of retail politics during a visit to the St. Pete Chamber

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At the end of a brief presentation to a packed room of the Public Policy Council of the St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce, Mayor Bill Foster made sure to shake hands with the most important person in the room.

Me.

Actually, I was probably one of the least important people in the room, considering that in attendance were a couple of state legislators, dozens of important business owners and several local lobbyists and political consultants, including Tony Collins, Amy Maguire and Alan Suskey.

Yet Mayor Foster decided to shake my hand.  While I appreciate the courtesy, Mayor Foster would have done better to, you know, thank the Chamber for hosting him.  He should have thanked the Public Policy committee for moving forward on the position on redistricting Foster was there to advocate for.  After his presentation, he should have beelined to shake hands with the legislators the city will be depending on to secure state funding.  He should have carved five minutes out of his schedule to stand in the middle of the room and allow the assorted movers and shakers gravitate to him.

In other words, Mayor Bill Foster should have engaged in some ol’ fashioned retail politicking.

After all, isn’t he up for re-election in 2013?

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.