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Florida 2010: A Senate Odyssey

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I swear Florida is cursed. Cursed in the way, the Trojans were cursed by the gods and forced to endure ten years of war because of Paris slurping on Helen. Florida slurped on George W. in 2000 and it’s been hell ever since, as if Zeus and Poseidon were just sitting around, like they did in Clash of the Titans, coming up with ways to torment the state.

The latest Herculean task facing our state is replacing Mel Martinez in the US Senate. Here is the latest, in case you missed anything, which you would be forgiven for because it’s easier to follow the Iliad:

Gov. Charlie Crist flew to Miami Tuesday afternoon to vet former U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez for a U.S. Senate appointment, less than 24 hours after U.S. Rep. Lincoln Diaz-Balart took himself off the short list.

Crist and Martinez, a close confidant who helped oversee the governor’s transition into office, talked for about 45 minutes at the Signature Flight building near Miami International Airport.

Late Tuesday, Crist announced he would interview Jacksonville state Rep. Jennifer Carroll and University of North Florida President John Delaney on Wednesday, both in Jacksonville.

Bloggers for Change believes Democrats already having an established candidate in Charlie Justice, in the event Crist picks St. Petersburg Congressman Bill Young, who is getting the hometown push from the editorial board of the St. Petersburg Times.

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.

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