Brightest minds in Florida politics: Anthony Pedicini

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Anthony Pedicini has advised, consulted, and campaigned for some of Florida’s biggest names — and leaders past and future. He started out in politics as many do — as a lobbyist and as a legislative aide — working for Billy Rubin and then State Rep. Gayle Harrell.

From there, Pedicini founded his own consulting company, Strategic Image Management. During the 2010 election cycle, Pedicini advised U.S. Reps. Dennis Ross, Tom Rooney, and Ted Yoho of Florida, as well as Lou Barletta and Pat Meehan, both of Pennsylvania. Pedicini also helped to elect the first Republican Mayor of Atlantic City, N.J. in over 30 years.

Pedicini has worked with future Senate President Bill Galvano; State Reps. Larry Ahern, Jim Boyd, Neil Combee, Heather Fitzenhagen, Gayle Harrell, and many others. He helped elect Sheriffs Gary Borders and Tom Knight; Property Appraiser Bill Furst; and county and city public servants like Commissioners Sandy Murman, Todd Dantzler, Victor Crist, Mark Sharpe and Brad Dantzler.

And, like expert politicos will, Pedicini has taken on issue campaigns as well as candidates.

While still in college, Pedicini helped organize the Truth Train, a 14-day public relations tour that received worldwide media attention and served as the Student Director of Florida’s nationally acclaimed anti-tobacco program, the “Truth” campaign. No doubt, Pedicini’s media savvy and grassroots expertise were developed during that time.

The geographic span of Pedicini’s clients is a testament not only to his mind, but also to his tireless energy.

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.