Missing: Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith’s byline

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Authorities are asking Tampa Bay Times readers to be on the lookout for the byline of Adam Smith, which has been missing from the newspaper for most of the summer.

Smith, who has been spotted infrequently late at night on Twitter, has been largely silent during the run up to Florida’s gubernatorial race, considered by most political observers to be the hottest race in the country.

Lately, Smith hasn’t been choosing the Winner and Loser of the Week in Florida politics, instead D.C. bureau chief Alex Leary is making that call.

Smith still appears on Bay News 9’s Political Connections, but he has posted just two entries on the Times‘ Buzz blog during the month of July, leading many to wonder, “Where is Adam?”

Smith, the political editor of the largest newspaper in the Southeast U.S., has also been silent on most of the salient issues of the day, including the state’s blockbuster redistricting case. When Smith does write something, it’s most often about the gubernatorial race, but even then Smith’s posts are largely quick entries about other reporters’ work.

The last time this writer saw Smith in the flesh, Smith said that he was working on something “long-term,” leading me to speculate that Smith has been/is working on a large-scale profile of gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist; a profile which may include a takedown of Crist’s wife, Carole.

Even if that is true, that’s not enough reason for Smith to have been so noticeably absent during the most important gubernatorial election in decades?

I can’t believe I am saying this, but I miss Adam’s reporting, even his snark.

Where, oh where, are you, Adam Smith?

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.