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Of course I think Jamie Bennett should quit

in Peter/The Bay and the 'Burg by
I’ve been asked about 200 times what I think Jamie Bennett should do next. My answer is unquivocal: he should announce that he will stop running for Mayor of St. Petersburg.

Put aside his actions or involvement in “Ticketgate,” although that is pretty hard to do. Bennett was fully aware that the tickets were being distributed to advance his political campaign. Him saying he had no knowledge of this or that is an insult to the voters of St. Petersburg.

But what if Jamie was involved in any of the other activities I outlined. He reimbursed me in cash for campaign activities and failed to report them. He did this several times and I will sign the affidavits that accompany the complaints to the Florida Election Commission.

What was worse was that it was his idea to entice the homeless to Kathleen Ford’s announcement speech. The city’s most outfront advocate for the homeless used them to disrupt an opponent’s event.

How does he get on the dias and sit next to Kathleen or Bill Foster or Deveron Gibbons?

Yet Bennett is defiant today, saying I was some sort of loose cannon. He has about 48 hours left before this campaign comes to an end…

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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