My interview with WUSF in which I compare Steve MacNamara to Paulie from ‘Goodfellas’

in Uncategorized by

Henry Hill: “Paulie hated phones. He wouldn’t have one in his house. He used to get all his calls second hand, then you’d have to call the people back from an outside phone. There were guys, that’s all they did all day long was take care of Paulie’s phone call.”

Switch out Steve MacNamara for Paulie and insert email where it reads telephones and you have the basis for this interview I gave to WUSF about Sunburst, Governor Scott’s new open government program.

“It almost reminds me of the scene from Goodfellas where the mob boss says he doesn’t take any phone calls,” he said.

“I’m not saying the governor’s office is doing anything illicit here. But its interesting they’ve taken a page from some mafiasos in the movies.”

Schorsch says Scott’s staff communicate via text messages and the old-fashioned face-to-face meetings instead.

He also says the e-mail transparency is having a chilling effect on reporters, who are less likely to e-mail the governor or his staff for fear of alerting their competition about their stories.

More here.

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.