In one picture: the least popular person in Fla. and the most popular person in Fla.

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In one picture there is the least popular person in Florida and the most popular person in Florida.

There’s an excellent post from  on why Gov. Scott was right to name Tim Tebow a “Great Floridian.” An excerpt:

Governor Scott has been on a tear handing out “Great Floridian” honors: Tebow included, he’s given out 17 since his inauguration in 2011. And the list has gotten a bit more accessible on his watch: He gave Edison the nod, as well as former governor Jeb Bush and George Jenkins, the founder of Publix supermarkets. (If you’ve ever been to a Publix, you understand that this is heartily deserved. I still miss Publix.)

Last year, he tapped former Florida State Universityhead football coach Bobby Bowden, who turned the Seminoles program into a national powerhouse, becoming the winningest Division I head coach of all time in the process. Scott couldn’t have a beloved Seminole so recently on the list without giving their bitter rivals, the Gators, a Great Floridian all their own.

This is all silly conjecture, of course, but every shrewd Florida politician knows: Don’t anger a football fan base. Expect a Miami Hurricane to be honored in 2014. Maybe Ray Lewis

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.