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Political committee supporting Rick Baker’s mayoral bid was formed a month before his campaign launch

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Seamless Florida, a political committee aligned with Rick Baker‘s campaign to be St. Petersburg mayor, was formed a month before he officially became a candidate, filing documents with the Florida Division of Elections show.

The political committee registered with the DOE on April 11, naming Rob Kapusta, chairman of the St. Petersburg Downtown Partnership, as its chair and Nancy Watkins, the highly respected Tampa-based accountant as its treasurer.

Although the committee’s listed purpose is fairly broad and that the candidates it will be supporting was yet to be determined, Baker’s campaign confirmed to that it will be a vehicle to support the former mayor’s bid for a third term.

The name of the committee — Seamless Florida — is a play on the title of one of Baker’s books.

The April 11 formation of the committee raises a couple of interesting questions.

Had Baker already decided then he was running for something? Had he decided to run for mayor? Was he more serious than previously revealed about possibly running for state office?

The political committee’s first campaign report doesn’t reveal much. Seamless Florida raised and expended zero dollars in April.

Expect that to change come May.

Baker’s opponent, Rick Kriseman, also is associated with a political committee, which is Sunrise PAC.


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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