‘Politics after 5’: A new web series with “no suits, no ties, just real talk”

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Former political operative Joe Culotta wanted to put a new spin on the traditional news show, so he turned to Kickstarter.

The result is Politics After 5, a new weekly web series with an informal, relaxed feel — no suit or ties (as Culotta likes to say) — that touches on matters that go beyond the reach of the typical talking-head news program.

Culotta, a self-described “half political junkie, half socialite” will address a variety of personal themes in a happy hour setting — things like music, sports and fashion — on Politics after 5.

The Orlando-based Culotta political bona fides include work with the Republican Party of Florida, the College Republican National Committee and the Seminole County Supervisor of Elections office.

However, on Politics after 5, Culotta promises to be non-partisan and “play nicely with Democrats.” 

“My show will be a chance for politicians and insiders to connect with a broader audience,” Culotta says. “Over the years, I’ve worked with some of the biggest names in politics, and I love getting to know politicians and the little behind the scenes stories that characterize their personalities.”

“It’s a side of politics the public rarely gets to see,” he adds, “and that’s what I want to change.”

Culotta recently announced two guests for the inaugural production of Politics after 5: State Rep. Dane Eagle from Florida’s House District 77, and former assistant attorney general, White House Fellow and Florida Sen. Dave Aronberg.

Eagle and Aronberg are a pair of young, well-respected and “tough” guys; they are not only emerging politicians but both avid CrossFitters and health advocates.

Eagle can deadlift over 400 pounds (he has four sisters to protect) while Aronberg is a tough-on-crime attorney with an aggressive courtroom demeanor that helped him get elected State Attorney for Palm Beach County in 2012.

Every episode will feature a segment called “5 shots,” a series of quick questions served by viewers picked from social media. Like few political shows before it, Politics after 5 will not only focus on politicians, pundits and insiders, but also rely on the engagement of listeners, fans and supporters.

To get more information on Politics after 5, there are plenty of ways to do so: visit the website to sign up for email updates, follow it on Twitter, LIKE it on Facebook, subscribe to the YouTube Channel or just email Culotta joe@politicsafter5.com  or tweet @JoeCulotta.

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding HRNewsDaily.com. His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for Patch.com, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at phil@floridapolitics.com and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.