Janet Long and the ‘pool guy’

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Janet Long is running for the County Commission.

Janet Long is not running for the County Commission.

She’s received approval from her bosses at St. Petersburg College to run and keep her job.

She hasn’t received approval from her bosses at St. Petersburg College to run and keep her job.

Janet Long will announce she’s running at the Kennedy King Dinner.

No, Janet Long is waiting until April to announce she’s running.

Honestly, I just don’t know anymore.

I already don’t care.

Janet and I have some history.  I helped run her first campaign for the Seminole City Commission.  We spent a lot of time then getting to know each other.

I didn’t support Janet in 2006 when she ran for the Florida House.  I preferred John Sinibaldi in the Democratic primary.  I still believe that if John had stayed in the race, he could have kept the seat Long lost in 2010.

If you ask Janet, she will tell you she lost in 2010 for any number of reasons, none of which have to do with the cruddy campaign she ran.

It was a “wave” election, she’ll tell you.  There was no way she could win in a Republican year, she will protest.  The Republicans had all the money, she will insist.

All of that may be true, but that’s not why Janet lost.  It’s her attitude.

During a recent conversation with Janet, she talked about her race in 2010 and how she lost to “that pool guy.”  She was, of course, referring to Rep. Larry Ahern, who owns a swimming pool remodeling and commercial fountain business.

Janet did not see Larry as a small business owner, who owned Tyrone Discount Pool Supplies for twenty years before selling it.

Janet did not see Larry as a jobs creator.

Janet did not see Larry as a concerned husband and father.

No, she saw her opponent and dismissed him as just a “pool guy.”

This is not a defense of Ahern, but it’s no wonder she lost.

You could just see Janet’s condescension towards Ahern in her atrocious-looking television ads.

I had hoped, for Janet’s sake, that she had learned something in her loss to Ahern, but her recent comments tell me she hasn’t.

I’m sure she considers Commissioner Neil Brickfield just “that janitor guy” because he once ran a janitorial service.

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.