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Five questions for Adam Goodman and Steve Schale at Wednesday’s Tiger Bay meeting in St. Pete

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Two of the most astute observers (and participants) in Florida politics are Steve Schale and Adam Goodman.

In recent years, Schale, the Democrat from Jacksonville and Goodman, a Republican from Tampa (or has he moved to St. Petersburg yet?) have sat down before audiences to give their breakdowns on the state of Florida politics, and it’s always a treat for political junkies.

The two men bring that roadshow to St. Petersburg on Wednesday afternoon, where they’re scheduled to breakdown the results of Florida’s presidential primary.

The two will meet for a Suncoast Tiger Bay meeting at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club at noon.

Schale worked on Barack Obama’s presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012, as well as Charlie Crist’s 2014 gubernatorial run, among others.

Goodman has been in the political consulting business for decades and has produced ads for a huge list of Republicans (and some Democrats) over the years, including, Rudy Giuliani, David Jolly, Trent Lott and Rick Baker.

We’re not a member of Tiger Bay, but if we were, what would we ask these men? Well, what about five questions?

Here we go (with the caveat that Tuesday night’s results could dictate other issues need answering):

  1. Explain why Marco Rubio has become so unpopular in Florida among Republicans?
  2. For Steve — Hillary Clinton held consistently significant leads in Florida over Bernie Sanders. If that result holds out, why is she so popular here, adding that she also beat Obama solidly in the January 2008 primary.
  3. For Adam — Can Rick Baker, if he decides to get into the CD 13 race, defeat Charlie Crist, if he is the Democratic Party nominee this fall?
  4. Will Florida Republicans fall in line and back Donald Trump if he is the party’s nominee this November?
  5. Does Trump — if he is the nominee — ultimately add or hurt the party’s chances of winning the White House and the Senate?

Mitch Perry has been a reporter with Extensive Enterprises since November of 2014. Previously, he served as five years as the political editor of the alternative newsweekly Creative Loafing. He also was the assistant news director with WMNF 88.5 FM in Tampa from 2000-2009, and currently hosts MidPoint, a weekly talk show, on WMNF on Thursday afternoons. He began his reporting career at KPFA radio in Berkeley. He's a San Francisco native who has now lived in Tampa for 15 years and can be reached at

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