Here's the perfect example of a back-handed candidate endorsement by a newspaper

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Over the weekend, I blogged about the back-handed endorsements being made by the Tampa Bay Times in Florida’s legisaltive races, such as its recommendation of Rep. Peter Nehr because of his possession of a “modicum of common sense.”

Well, the Times has nothing on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  That newspaper endorsed Rep. Russ Carnahan over Rep. Lacy Clay in their Democratic primary, but don’t look for the endorsement to make its way into either candidates’ campaign commercials.

“Mr. Carnahan is a plodder, but his record shows little evidence of corruption. He hasn’t been as effective as Mr. Clay in bringing home the bacon to his constituents, but he hasn’t sold out his constituents, either. We choose the plodder over the pal of predatory profiteers.”

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.