I’m not going to drill down on this too far, because I genuinely believe Ken Burke to be a fair and decent guy, but Burke’s surprise at not being reappointed to the Board of Trustees at St. Petersburg College rings just a little hollow.
Even though he is only the Clerk of Court, make no mistake, Burke was/is one of the most partisan elected officials in Pinellas County. And before he was elected Clerk, he was a soft-spoken, but hard-nosed local politicos.
In other words, Burke is familiar with how this game is played.
That’s why it should have come as no surprise to him that when Sen. Dennis Jones, Burke’s political patron, got cross-wired with Rick Scott’s Chief-of-Staff, there would be collateral damage.
Let’t not forget, either, that it was Ken Burke, along with fellow board member Deveron Gibbons, who organized the opposition to former St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Baker becoming the President of St. Pete College.
Rick Scott did Dennis Jones and his allies the same way Burke and Gibbons did Baker.
It’s all part of the game.