I don’t want to troll Adam Smith today, but I must…

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On Saturday night, my wife and I and our friend Amanda tried out the focused, inventive cuisine at Souzou, the new Asian fusion resto in downtown St. Petersburg. The cocktails, pork buns, and sushi were all superb, as is the design and environment.

Taking it all in, I noticed that my bete noire, Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times, was at a nearby common table. He and his wife appeared to be having as good a time as me and mine. For a moment, I remembered how, a few years ago, things between Smith and I were different, so much so that had we seen Smith out at a restaurant, we’d chat each other up over a dirty martini (or two).

As any regular reader of this blog knows, the chances of Smith and I getting a drink together are slim to none. Still, it’s not like I live to troll Smith. I don’t wake up and immediately think of how to best troll Smith. As a matter of fact, there was a moment last week (I described some analysis by Smith as “excellent,” while he deigned to highlight an entry on SaintPetesBlog) when peace between Smith and I may have been at hand.

But troll Smith I must.

It’s not even my fight I have to troll him about, but it’s in my wheelhouse. It has to do with whether Charlie Crist might run for Congress now that the Florida Supreme Court has ordered the Legislature to redraw the map of House districts.

On Thursday afternoon, Marc Caputo of POLITICO reported, “Crist is strongly considering a political comeback in 2016 now that a new state Supreme Court ruling nearly guarantees that a swing congressional seat will be redrawn to rope in his home along with a gaggle of Democrats…”

Several hours later, Smith blogged, “We’re told Charlie Crist is seriously considering running for the Pinellas County congressional seat now represented by Republican David Jolly, with the Supreme Court ordering the lines redrawn in a way likely to make it lean more Democratic.”

What weak sauce.

Maybe, Adam, you’re being “told” Crist is thinking about running because, you know, there was a report in POLITICO six hours earlier. I’m sure Adam still has enough sources close to Crist that he was told Crist is considering a run, but why not give Caputo and POLITICO the credit it deserves for first reporting the news?

That’s what Smith’s colleague at the Miami Herald, Patricia Mazzei, did, on Twitter.

Smith barely mentions POLITICO’s reporting, crediting it in his fifth paragraph for a quote John Morgan gave about encouraging Crist to run for the seat.

Meanwhile, Smith and Co. are also touting the new Jebio Appwhich offers “campaign updates about Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.”

You can download the Jebio App or you can read POLITICO or FloridaPolitics.com or the AP’s app and get the same updates five hours earlier.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.