My bet with Rep. Matt Gaetz (it has something to do with tattoos and soup kitchens)

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I am not exactly sure how we arrived at it, but Rep. Matt Gaetz and I have made a pretty interesting wager based on the outcome of the Steve Southerland v. Gwen Graham race in Florida’s second congressional district.

Actually, the discussion started with Rep. Gaetz making one of his patented ridiculous but honest observations about someone with a healthy amount of tattoos using an ACCESS card, i.e. food stamps. Without drawing a direct connection, as in the person was blowing all of their money on tattoos, hence they were poor, Rep. Gaetz came to a series of illogical conclusions (Gaetz: “By having the govt over-subsidize food we free up disposable income for indulgences which wouldnt be afforded otherwise”) that read like a review of a Malcolm Gladwell book.

From there, the Twitter conversation turned to the Southerland v. Graham race — one of the most high-profile congressional races this cycle — and that’s when Gaetz and I decided to put our money where our Tweets were.

If U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland prevails next November, I will volunteer a day’s worth of labor at a soup kitchen in South Alabama, err, I mean Okaloosa County. If Graham wins, Rep. Gaetz must donate his time to a similar facility in Pinellas County (with Rep. Darryl Rouson allowed to choose the location).

As if the Southerland vs. Graham race wasn’t interesting enough, now you have the prospect of either me or Matt Gaetz scrubbing pots and pans based on the outcome. Side bets are welcome.

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.