Let’s count the way Chris Dorworth impresses

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Columnist Scott Maxwell recently criticized Republicans in the Florida House of Representatives for choosing Chris Dorworth as speaker for the 2014-16 term.

As Florida’s humorless answer to Bill Maher, Maxwell prides himself on “Taking Names” in Florida politics.

According to Maxwell, Dorworth is unfit to lead (“New mess proves Dorworth unfit to run House,” Sept. 30).

What if Maxwell is right? What if all who have asked Dorworth to lead are wrong? Let’s take names, shall we?

At 20, Dorworth was elected student body president at the University of Florida. It appears he was the youngest elected since they started keeping records — in the 1940s. And no one has been younger since. But I went toFSU — so I see how 40,000 Gators could get duped.

All the university student body presidents then asked Dorworth to chair the Florida Student Association. Shucks, even Seminoles supported him for that gig. Go figure.

Young Republicans are young — and Republicans. What could they know about leadership? In 2003, they unanimously elected Dorworth as their Seminole Countypresident.

Time and again, Dorworth is trusted by his peers. Something must be in the water. Maybe Dorworth put it there when he was unanimously elected chairman of the Seminole Soil and Water Conservation District in 2006.

Surely, liberal academia can put a conservative entrepreneur like Dorworth in his place, right? It must be a fluke that the Seminole State College Board of Trustees unanimously elected Dorworth to serve as chairman — twice.

My fellow legislators and I must simply be too stubborn to capitulate to Maxwell’s calls to oust Dorworth. We can be narrow-minded that way.

Maybe we were charmed by the resolve in Dorworth as he forced the repeal of 4,100-plus job-killing regulations. Maybe he impressed us by passing the strongest sexual-violence laws in America.

Maybe there is nothing unusual about our decision. Maybe the Florida House has reposed trust in a man who has been called to leadership every step along the way.

What I do know is that the people who know Chris Dorworth best ask him to lead. People who don’t know him at all write vitriolic columns questioning why.

Without question, Speaker Dorworth will take Florida to the limits of her potential.

Meanwhile, Maxwell just keeps “Taking Names.”

— Via Representative Matt Gaetz.

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.