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Over lunch, Rick Kriseman tells me he’ll be endorsing Patrick Murphy, will seek re-election

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Last December, I bid on a charity auction item from Creative Loafing (benefiting The Children’s Home) to enjoy lunch with Mayor Rick Kriseman.

$172.50 later, Mayor Kriseman, CL Publisher David Warner, CL News & Politics Editor Kate Bradshaw, The Children’s Home’s Irene Rickus, and I sat down today for a delicious, albeit heavy, lunch at Sylvia’s in the heart of St. Petersburg Midtown.

The conversation was good-spirited and wide-ranging, shifting from Mayor Kriseman’s work with guide dogs to an appraisal of Tampa’s burgeoning restaurant scene. In between, Kriseman and I exchanged our (more similar than you might think) views on a host of issues related to the ‘burg.

Hopefully, Kate Bradshaw will have a full rundown of the conversation. In the meantime, here are two interesting political tidbits straight from Kriseman.

1. Kriseman is endorsing fellow Democrat Patrick Murphy for the U.S. Senate. I may have caught Kriseman off guard with a question about whether he would be endorsing in the race, but he unequivocally said he would be endorsing Murphy. Before the words could get out of Kriseman’s mouth, erstwhile Kriseman comms gatekeeper Ben Kirby was trying to keep the endorsement present under wraps, but it was stated at the outset of the lunch that everything said was on the record, so after a little back and forth between Kirby, Bradshaw and myself, it’s confirmed: Rick Kriseman is supporting Patrick Murphy for the U.S. Senate. Look for a more formal rollout soon.

2. Kriseman, without hesitation, answered a question about whether he would seek re-election with an emphatic “Yes.” That should put an end to all of the chessboarding about Kriseman possibly running for Congress in 2016.

Just those two news items alone were worth the price of lunch with the mayor. That the money went to The Children’s Home makes it all the better.

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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