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Mark Foley for WPB Mayor?

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That’s the speculation:

Mark Foley said he’s still a long ways from running for elected office, but he wouldn’t rule out the mayoral run.

“I keep hearing the buzz,” Foley said. “But there’s no plan in place.”

Foley said he’s not sure what other potential candidates, especially Commissioner Kimberly Mitchell, are planning. Mitchell and Foley are long-time friends, and if she decides not to run, it could open up a spot for Foley.

Despite Foley’s baggage from the page scandal that forced him to resign his U.S. Congressional seat in 2007, Foley has reemerged on the political scene as a fundraiser and host of a local radio show.

As for the West Palm race, with two-to-three commissioners likely running in 2011, Foley said the dynamics of West Palm will change. Commissioners who run for mayor have to resign their commission seat.

“It’s going to be a fresh council no matter what happens,” Foley said. “The dynamics in West Palm Beach are going to change.”

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.

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