My top 5 Brian Burgess moments from the last three years

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Republican Party of Florida Communications Director Brian Burgess is leaving the party to work with Brian Hughes at Meteoric Media Strategies, thus making it easier for all of us to arrange a tag-team match-up between Burgess and Hughes and me and Troy Kinsey during the 2014 Scott versus Crist campaign.

“Excited to be expanding, even more so that it’s with my friend and a person I respect immensely,” Hughes tweeted Tuesday, confirming a Florida Times-Union report of Burgess’ move. Burgess went to work for the RPOF in September of last year after working as Scott’s chief spokesman. He had worked for Scott starting in 2009 as a consultant on Scott’s effort to prevent the federal health care law from being passed, and then worked on Scott’s gubernatorial campaign before joining the governor’s office.

Here are my Top 5 Brian Burgess moments from the last three years. Feel free to add yours in the comments section.

5. The recent direct message to me on Twitter after a day of Burgess dealing with the fallout from news that Gov. Scott had given away the family dog, Reagan, after the canine bit a Governor’s mansion employee. Burgess tweeted to me, “Please for the love of God stop kicking me in the balls.”

4. The meta-coverage by the Florida’s Capitol Press Corps of their coverage of their reaction to Burgess’ reaction to their coverage of …, well, you get the point. 

3. The time when, according to the Associated Press, Burgess tweeted a dinner menu in response to some reporters using Twitter to take issue with the Governor’s office trying to pick pool reporters to cover a dinner Scott had with a handful of lawmakers. In pool arrangements, a small number of journalists provide coverage for a larger group of outlets because of limited space or resources. Burgess responded by tweeting “Where else in the US does the press corps insist on man-to-man coverage at the Governor’s dinner table?” and “press corps will be even more apoplectic than tonight if they are replaced by web cams.”

2.  The sequence of increasingly testy emails between members of Scott’s communications staff and New York Times reporter Serge Kovaleski. The transaction soured, and Kovaleski accused Scott communications director Brian Burgess of “distortions” when he was reporting on the Trayvon Martin case.

1. Burgess thumb-wrestling Miami Herald political reporter Marc Caputo after a series of hihg-profile “Twitter-fights” between the two. A photo of that ‘Thrilla on the Capitol Hilla’ is courtesy of Brian Hughes.

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