Brightest minds in Florida politics: Screven Watson

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Screven Watson: down to earth, Disney-loving, sweatshirt-wearing family guy. And hands down formidable beast when it comes to Florida politics.

Watson is partner at VancoreJones Communications, and a former executive director of the Florida Democratic Party from 1999 to 2001. He served as Democratic Senate Victory Caucus Director for two cycles, and was a senior advisor on Rod Smith’s 2006 gubernatorial campaign. He’s advised Tallahassee Mayor Scott Maddox and Sen. Dave Aronberg; and he has an enviable roster of associations on his lobbying docket: US Sugar, Florida Medical Association, and the Florida Professional Firefighters, to name a few.

Watson, a self-described “pragmatic centrist”, has no shortage of kind things to say for his peers on either side of the aisle. Asked who his dream guests would be on a Florida politics talk show, Watson was quick to name three Republicans (Sally Bradshaw, Mac Stipanovich, and Jack Latvala) along with Rod Smith.

“The intelligence, humor and institutional knowledge of Florida Politics sitting around the one table would be insightful and simply fascinating,” Watson wrote of these four, while inadvertently offering a telling description of himself on those very same qualities.

Screven Watson: a fascinating, insightful man who offers his bright mind to this process, and makes us the better for 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.