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I was the first person to jump on the Rod Smith bandwagon

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I have to take the credit. I was the first person to jump on the Rod Smith bandwagon. It was about a year ago, when I first spoke with Screven Watson and then met Senator Smith, that I immediately knew he was going to be the Democratic candidate for governor. Eveyone that was supporting Smith at that point had known him for a while, so they can’t say they “jumped on the bandwagon”; they were the bandwagon. By supporting him — an easy decision after you hear Rod Smith and Jim Davis speak in the same room — I was the first person to jump on the Rod Smith bandwagon. I organized an event for him before anyone outside of the Florida Senate even knew who he was. You should have heard the reaction I got from all of the Dems around here when I asked them to come to a meet-and-greet for Senator Smith. Of course, much of the Democratic establishment supported and still supports Jim Davis. But now it looks like the media is finally coming around. Adam Smith writes today that “Davis may be the frontrunner, but his mantle of inevitability is looking increasingly thin. All the momentum in recent months has been with state Sen. Rod Smith, whom Davis has been unable to shake.” The article goes on about how Smith is gaining on Davis, but that really doesn’t matter to me. I knew all along.

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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