Brightest minds in Florida politics: Scott Randolph

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This blog saw a lot of nominations come in for the Brightest Minds in Florida Politics series. But nobody had as many nominations as Scott Randolph.

Randolph, formerly a state representative and now the Orange County Tax Collector, clearly has some dedicated fans: Kelly Quintero, Amy Ritter, and Congressman Alan Grayson, to name a few who submitted nominations on his behalf.

Randolph was in the national spotlight following his stand for “uterus” and has never shied from using his platform to advocate what he sees as best. But antics are only a small part of what Randolph has going for him.

“Most of all, Scott is one of the brightest minds in Florida politics because in his ability to think long term while making short term gains, he is one of the very few people in politics who understands the importance of empowering young people and building the bench for the next generation of political minds,” writes Ritter.

Then, in the words of Kelly Quintero: “Scott has been able to outsmart the opposition on countless occasions such as: winning against a $1.7 million Republican opponent, and consistently winning his own elections year after year to the Florida Legislature. He did this while successfully coordinating a campaign to win the Congressional primary for Alan Grayson. After Congressman Grayson lost his re-election bid, Scott was able to bring him back to victory in 2012 and simultaneously helped elect judicial candidates in Leon and Orange County.”

Grayson, for his part, has no shortage of praise for Randolph.

“Scott had a stroke of genius in distributing more than 60,000 “voter guides” at Early Voting locations and through candidate campaigns.  The result of those voter guides was huge – a surprise countywide victory in electing Rick Singh against a long-time incumbent as Property Appraiser, among other things,” Grayson shared of his friend, colleague and campaign manager. “In 2006, Scott ran for State Representative in District 36 and won.  He devised a strategy to win a very competitive Democratic primary against a well-funded trial lawyer.  He went on to beat an incumbent Stare Representative, Sheri McInvale, and $1.7 million in Republican money supporting her.”

How a man runs for office himself while managing the campaigns others is head-shakingly profound to consider… but then to see success around the board; that’s something that apparently Randolph holds a secret, special genius for doing.

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.