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Monday’s Mayoral Wrap-Up

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Today is the six-months-and-counting point before the September primary and to mark the occasion, Bill Foster will unveil his “Foster Formula,” although I have a few ideas about what that really means. Even though I think Foster is getting into the race a month later than he should, he is a formidable candidate. He represents a point-of-view, i.e., the religious right, that has no one else to support. Strange then that Foster decided to skip the Pinellas County REC’s Lincoln Day Dinner on Saturday. And if Larry Williams ends up getting into the race, which is increasingly likely, otherwise likely Foster supporters, such as Randy Wedding, will be further conflicted.

Speaking of conflicted, I am beginning to re-think my re-thinking of Scott Wagman. A month ago, he was new and exciting. But then he said he’d impose a moratorium on new park spending. Then I hear about all of the money he is spending on staff, now I’m hearing about a meeting Wagman had in which he told people he was open to bringing in the Sheriff to augment the SPPD. All of this prompted me to take another look at Scott, who I had begun to think about as a back-up choice if Jamie or Deveron didn’t make it out of the primary. So I looked at that wierd handout device he’s distributing and re-read what “Scott also has participated in:” and five of the eight efforts took place in 2008-2009. I applaud his desire to improve St. Petersburg, but it all seems a little too recent.

Speaking of recent, where the heck are you, Deveron? I drove by your barbecue yesterday and there weren’t many folks out there — although you may have had a lot of peeps roll by the rest of the day. And Deveron’s website has not been updated since January 29?

Speaking of updated, Kathleen Ford seems to be keeping a lid on that famous temper of hers. During a recent media interview, she was given several chances to take a shot at Rick Baker, but she didn’t take the bait. Is this Kathleen Ford 2.0 or will the old Kathleen rear her head during a voter forum in the dog days of summer. Btw, does Kathleen have a website up and running?

Speaking of what I should be speaking of, I suppose I should offer some analysis on Jamie Bennett. But what I can say? He’s had the most active campaign this last month. Is his campaign the most Internet savvy, no, that distinction probably belongs to another candidate. Will he raise or spend the most money? Certainly not. Will he be the darling of the SPT? Umm, no. But he will be Internet savvy, he will raise enough money and he will continue to be the most organized campaign.

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.

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