Should I have included Eric Lynn in my post about a possible Rick Baker candidacy?

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Last week, I wrote a possible Rick Baker campaign for Florida’s 13th Congressional District.

In response to that post, I received this email today from Aonya McCruiston of SKD Knickerbocker, the top-flight public affairs firm working with CD 13 candidate Eric Lynn:

“I read your article on a potential Rick Baker candidacy, but you didn’t mention that Crist is facing Eric Lynn in the Democratic primary. Will you add a mention of Eric Lynn’s candidacy so readers don’t wrongly assume that Crist is their only choice? “

Childishly, I responded — simply — “LOLOLOLOLOLOLOL.”

Should I have included Lynn in my post about a possible Baker candidacy?

I’ll answer that with a question, “Why would anyone working for Lynn and is remotely familiar with my history and views think I would do anything to help Lynn’s candidacy?”

My post about Rick Baker was a blog post from me, not one of the reporters who work for Extensive Enterprises Media. Those reporters have covered Lynn fairly and exhaustively (trust me, I would prefer we never mention him, but that would be a disservice to our readers.)

But my blog posts are my opinion, hence they are walled off from the rest of the site in their own section.

And, IN MY OPINION, Lynn stands no chance. After a year on the campaign trail, he’s gone from 11% support against Charlie Crist to 12%. This is not like when Marco Rubio challenged Crist for the Republican nomination in 2010. Lynn just isn’t going anywhere.

So, to SKD and the rest of Lynn’s campaign, when your candidate gets above, let’s say 25% support, then I will mention him in my opinion pieces.

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.