Does it mean anything that La Gaceta's Patrick Manteiga is repping Alex Sink's family in the wake of Bill McBride's passing?

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I understand that the great Bill McBride has not yet been put to ground before asking this question, but does it mean anything that Patrick Manteiga, publisher of La Gaceta, is repping Alex Sink and her family during this most trying of times?

It’s widely known that Manteiga is close to the McBride-Sink family, but should the publisher of a paper of record, as La Gaceta, with its pages of court filings and real estate transactions, is considered, double as the point of contact for Sink’s family? That’s how Manteiga is referred to in press releases.  He’s also been quoted several times on the particular’s of McBride’s death, including in this Tampa Bay Times story from reporter Steve Bousquet.

As a blogger who also doubles as a political consultant, I’m not particularly worried about Manteiga wearing multiple hats. But what I do worry about is Manteiga’s readers not knowing where he may be coming from when opining about topics related to Sink.

Manteiga has been highly skeptical of Charlie Crist’s leftward lurch, criticizing him several times in his weekly column, including this very inaccurate assessment:

“All of the sightings of Charlie Crist rubbing elbows with Democrats have been through closed windows of mansions, where high-dollar, exclusive fundraisers for Nelson and Obama are being held,” writes Manteiga.  ”Crist has yet to visit a a local DEC , endorse a Democrat for county commission, school board or mayor or buy a ticket to a Jefferson-Jackson Dinner…”

(Read my rebuttal to Manteiga’s assessment here.)

Well, now, in being formally identified as a representative of Sink’s family, we know why Manteiga has been so critical of Crist. Just as he is handling her public relations during these dark days, he’s handling her public relations in this nebulous period before Crist and Sink likely face-off for the Democratic nomination for Governor.

Again, this is fine by me. My wonderful wife is close to Governor Cirst and that relationship spills over into my blog. But readers of this blog would have to be blind to not know this. I’m not so sure readers of La Gaceta were fully aware of Manteiga’s relationship with the McBride-Sink family. It certainly was not mentioned in any of the columns in which Manteiga dogged Crist.

At least now we all know where Patrick Manteiga really stands.

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.