Is this the worst shirt ever worn by a political candidate?

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I hate to keep beating up on City Council District 8 candidate Steve Galvin because he really is a smart, well-meaning guy.

But, I can’t help wonder if the shirt he is wearing in the picture to the right, taken of him at the Faith House Annual Family Picnic, is not the worst shirt ever worn by a political candidate? I mean, it looks like he ran into the bird on the front of a box of Fruit Loops.

I realize I’m being snarky, but there’s just something about Galvin’s apolitical nature that is throwing me (and probably other voters) off. It speaks to the larger issue of St. Petersburg’s City Council being just one rung above the town council from Footloose. We don’t need any more guffawing coaches or part-time photographers on City Council. That’s not the kind of individual who is on the Tampa or Orlando City Councils.

St. Petersburg needs serious individuals who take seriously the job of serving on City Council.

Not candidates who launch their campaign by referring to themselves as a “renaissance man.”

Not candidates who make campaign signs from recycled trash.

Not candidates who post these kind of memes.

It’s the amateur-hour politics of the last six years (beginning around the moment Bill Dudley and Wengay Newton were elected) which has helped led this city to the situation it finds itself in: succeeding despite our elected officials … divided … unsure.

Again, I’m sorry to snark again at Galvin. But if he really wants this job, he needs to look and act the part.

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.