On the upsdie of losing an election (via former state Rep. Scott Plakon)

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In response to my post on Monday defending Jeff Atwater, Kathleen Peters and Chris Dorworth against being labeled ‘losers’ by their critics, especially in the traditional media, my friend and former state Representative Scott Plakon sent me a brief note I believe is worth sharing. 

“I just read your article about Jeff Atwater and others ‘losing.’ You nailed it. In retrospect, a number of good things have come from me ‘losing’ last year. The last of our six kids (Jeanne) graduates high school in May… more time with her. My business started transitioning more from print towards internet revenues, which have (increased) from the entrepreneur – me – being around more. 

“And, oh yeah, I now have the potential opportunity to serve in one of the best districts in Florida for a Republican … and most think my chances are pretty good. 

“In my case, ‘losing’ last year may turn out to been winning in the long run. And I predict that it will be the same for some of the others that you mention in the article.”

Well said, Mr. Plakon. Well said.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.