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HD-52 candidate Jeff Brandes draws 150 to campaign kick-off

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If state Rep. Bill Heller isn’t worried yet, he didn’t see what I saw Thursday night at Jeff Brandes’ campaign kick-off at the St. Petersburg Yacht Club.  What I saw was 150 or so mostly young, but all politically active District 52 voters, including St. Petersburg Mayor Bill Foster and Ed Montanari.  What I saw was a hungry, well-funded, well-organized candidate who is not on vacation in North Carolina, like certain incumbent state representatives.  What I saw was a hard-working candidate who canvassed my neighborhood on Saturday, planting several yard signs along high-traffic 40th Avenue.  What I saw was a candidate who could ride the Republican tide to an upset victory.

And what I didn’t see?

What I haven’t seen is the state Democratic party getting its stuff together to protect House Districts 51 and 52.  What I haven’t seen is the Democratic party’s political allies putting its own troops on the ground in Tampa Bay.

What I didn’t see…what I haven’t seen is an organized re-election effort for Bill Heller.

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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