Great video: Jack Latvala lowers the boom after atrocious intro at Suncoast Tiger Bay

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It just seems as if the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, of which I am a board member, can’t help from embarrassing itself before Florida’s legislators.

Last year, I and several other members almost resigned our memberships to protest the way the membership treated members of the Florida legislature (one member had the audacity to call Gulf War veteran Jeff Brandes a “coward”; Brandes had a zinger today, describing the Florida Senate as run by “Somali warlords”).

This year, Linda Osmundson offered an atrocious, inappropriate introduction of Pinellas’ legislative delegation, which drew this rebuke from State Senator Jack Latvala.

By the way, I won the Fang and Claw award (my fifth all time) for asking this question of all the speakers: “Which was a nastier train wreck, Johnnie Byrd’s Speakership or Mike Haridopolos’ Senate Presidency?”

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.