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Neil Brickfield on the Billiris-WorkNet controversy

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An increasingly dangerous place to be is the space between political consultant, err, I mean, Pinellas’ next, first county mayor, err, I mean County Commissioner Neil Brickfield and any opportunity for him to offer a quote to the St. Petersburg Times’ David DeCamp.

Check out this whopper from Brickfield on the flap about WorkNet Pinellas and the use of youths in a stimulus-funded program to collect petitions for a County Commission candidate:

Brickfield, who sits on the WorkNet board and met Poppick through speaking to her classes and attending the same book club, called the petition effort an unfortunate occurrence.

Brickfield declined to say whether Poppick acted appropriately, waiting until today’s WorkNet board meeting to hear more.

“From what I understand, this was about the education of young people on civics, and they really learned a lesson in hardball politics.”

Brickfield’s quote would be the best takeaway from this story if it were not for this quote from Susan Latvala: “Everybody knows that you don’t mix politics and government.”

Of course you don’t, Susan.

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.

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