Despite Congresswoman Gwen Graham‘s email telling supporters she wanted them to “hear it first” of her possible bid for governor, two other media outlets broke the news before she did.
For the record, Graham’s own email announcing her consideration of a run was received at 7:08 a.m.
But POLITICO Florida’s Marc Caputo had it in his Thursday morning Playbook email, crowing he had it first. FloridaPolitics.com received that email at 7:01 a.m.
Caputo’s separate post on the Graham news is timestamped 5:37 a.m.
“Remember you read the above story on POLITICO Florida, and not in other major Florida pubs first,” he wrote in Playbook.
“This way, as with other POLITICO scoops the past week (Trump’s campaign manager falsely dissing the RPOF chair, a prosecutor not charging him for battery in a separate incident), you can smile when other outlets try to fob off the news as if they broke it.”
Not so fast, said Tallahassee Democrat executive editor William Hatfield.
The newspaper’s website posted a story early Thursday headlined “Gwen Graham announces possible run for governor.”
In a Facebook post, Hatfield wrote, “This scoop went live on tdo.com at 5 a.m.”
“… Haven’t yet met Rep. Graham but have always heard that she is a hugger,” Hatfield added. “I reckon a lot of us will find that out in the next couple years!”
The story, written by Democrat veteran Jeff Burlew, was last timestamped at 8:10 a.m., although the stamp resets every time the story is updated.
A recent court-ordered redistricting of the state’s congressional seats turned Graham’s 2nd District into a Republican-leaning one that the Democratic first-termer likely would not retake.
The district’s new boundaries also divide her home county of Leon in two.