Brightest minds in Florida politics: Jim Rimes

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Jim Rimes is calm. He is clever. He’s friendly, and doesn’t try to draw attention to himself. But seek it or not, here’s the spotlight, my friend. Because this is what happens when you are one of the brightest minds in Florida politics.

“Jim’s countless accomplishments speak for themselves. He is possibly the hardest working guy in the business, but his instincts and ability to think outside the box are what set him apart from other consultants,” says fellow consultant Dan Barrow. “At key decision points, Jim’s demeanor and creative solutions have consistently given his clients the edge needed to win close races. I’m proud to call him my colleague and mentor, but more importantly, my friend.”

Rimes served as the executive director of the Republican Party of Florida from 2007 to 2009; as former director of operations for Charlie Crist’s 2006 gubernatorial bid; and as the director of John McCain’s general election campaign organization, Victory 2008.

Rimes is “the most understated and underrated political consultant in the state,” says Brecht Heuchan, founder of Contribution Link. “Puts his head down and gets the job done with no drama or fanfare. His clients rarely make mistakes and do the little things that make the difference to win.”

Rimes was a consultant and former vice president with Enwright Consulting Group; a deputy chief of staff in the executive office of the governor; and a chief of staff in the Florida Senate.

Wherever he goes — whether in the public sector, private sector, or as a steward of party direction — Rimes brings it.

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.