Campaigns & Elections magazine names Florida's Top 10 Political Influencers of 2012

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Campaigns & Elections named it’s top 10 Influencers of the 2012 Elections in its current issue. The top 5 Republicans and top 5 Democrats are listed below along with their reasons for being named.


Jackie Lee — Lee worked campaigns nationally before settling in Florida. Lee managed the state’s Fair Districts Florida campaign and was the general election director for Obama in 2008.

Steve Schale — He was President OBama’s Florida state director in 2008 and his campaign’s advisor in the state in 2013.

Dylan Sumner — Sumner is one of the top direct mail consultants in the South. He did the mail for President Obama’s 2008 efforts in Virginia and Florida, both of which he won.

Ashley Walker — Walker was the deputy state director for Obama in Florida in 2008 before moving over to run the OFA operation.

Screven Watson — Watson has helped several Democrats for statewide office in Florida, including Rod Smith and Dave Aronberg.


Sally Bradshaw — Bradshaw has advised everyone from ex-Gov. Jeb Bush to Mitt Romney. She currently sits on the Florida State Board of Education.

Brett Doster — He served as Romney’s Florida advisor after graduating through the ranks of the Bush family campaign world.

David Johnson — Johnson is the go-to man for GOP state lawmakers facing competitive races. As a former executive director of the Republican Party of Florida, he knows the terrain well.

Marc Reichelderfer — Reichelderfer is the establishment consultant in the GOP having worked for presidential candidates such as Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney. He also lobbies Tallahassee for large business and medical concerns.

Susie Wiles – Wiles was Gov. Rick Scott’s campaign manager. Since that 2010 race, her seal of approval has been sought by office-seekers around the state.

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.