Here’s where sh*t stands – the ‘who’s running where in Florida edition

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People ask me all the time, how’s business in the political consulting industry.  To which I respond, “It’s like being in the bubble gum business…it’s blowing up.”

Get it?

Anyway, like the bubble gum business, the political consulting industry is a burgeoning field, if the number of candidates jumping in (and, sometimes, out) of races.

Here’s where sh*t stands, in terms of who’s recently got in or out of a race in Florida.

The best/worst news of the day is that Alex Sink is considering another run for Governor, according to Captain Obvious Steve Bousquet.

“Some days I wake up and I think, ‘Why couldn’t I find those extra 60,000 votes?’ ” Sink says. “And with a great sense of regret that we didn’t get the Democratic turnout, particularly in South Florida. It was very low. But then the next day, I wake up and say, ‘How in the hell did I come so close?’ “

You couldn’t find those extra 60,000 votes, Alex, because you offered an incoherent message and ran a terrible campaign.  Your message was incoherent because you’re an avowed moderate with a background in banking forced to carry the Democratic flag.  You did little to attract African Americans or gay rights activists, two of the Democratic Party’s pillars, to your campaign. You did not take public financing for reasons unbeknownst to anyone outside of your immediate circle. And your GOTV operation was non-existent.

When the St. Petersburg Times wrote a list of ten things Sink could have done differently, I think they edited out forty other suggestions.

Of course, everyone is getting their popcorn ready for a Charlie Crist vs. Alex Sink Democratic primary, but it remains to be seen if Charlie really wants to run.  He really does seem very happy in private life.  But if he did run, he beats Sink in a walk, especially if Sen. Nan Rich also runs and splits the South Florida and women’s vote with Sink.

But Crist vs. Sink wouldn’t be until 2014, let’s focus on the exciting races we have in front of us.

In Congressional District 6, Jacksonville City Councilman Richard Clark is asking St. Johns County voters to send him to Congress.

Others in the race include former Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse CEO Craig Miller, a Republican, who dropped out of a U.S. Senate race to run for the seat and Jacksonville lawyer Ron DeSantis, also a Republican. GOP state Rep. Fred Costello, R-Ormond Beach, has been mentioned as a possible candidate.

Miller recently has made some fundraising hires, bringing abroad Gretchen Picotte and Rick Porter.

There is a race is emerging for CD 16 – Vern Buchanan has a fundraising edge over Keith Fitzgerald, though, the Sarasota Herald Tribune reports.

A note from CD 17: Allen West has hired Chris LaCivita.

In another exciting Congressional race, for CD 22, Broward County Commissioner Kristin Jacobs is running for Congress, setting up Democratic primary battle with Lois Frankel. The Sun-Sentinel’s Anthony Man writes, and has video, here.

See, there’s so much going on in 2012, why are we even worried about 2014 yet? (So says the guy who prays each night that Charlie Crist gets into the gubernatorial race.)

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.