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‘Hello, this is Morpheus, I mean Ken Welch’

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Recently, I posted an entry that had some mistaken information on it about Ken Welch conducting a poll. So he e-mailed me, I called him back and that’s when he asked me if I wanted to take the blue pill or the red pill. That voice of his! He’s just that cool, calm and collected. No wonder everyone wants him to run.

But Mayor Morpheus has his own decision to make about the blue pill and the red pill.
“You take the blue pill – the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill – you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.”
The blue pill here is the County Commission and four, eight, maybe twelve more years at 90K a year, plus bennies and a pension. The red pill is a political orgy, an eight-way race in which no candidate can assume they can garner more than 20% of the votes. Plus, Ken, you have to sit in between Kathleen Ford and Bill Foster for six months.

I am a big fan of Ken’s, but I like Jamie Bennett’s progressivism just a little bit more. So if Ken Welch decides to take the blue pill and stay on the County Commission, then good for him. And shame on all those who suggest that Ken is worried about the financial aspects of the decision. These people are whispering around town (so afraid that Welch will jump in), that he’d be a fool to give up that guaranteed salary. How ridiculous.
Even if Welch does resign-to-run for Mayor and he loses, is there any doubt that he won’t be picking up six figures for the rest of his life? He’s freakin’ Morpheus after all.
Of course, after a grueling campaign, Welch may end up thinking ‘Why oh why didn’t I take the BLUE pill?’

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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