Previewing TallyMadness: Can the Mayernicks repeat last year’s run?

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As TallyMadness – the online voting competition to determine who is the “best” lobbyist in Florida — gets underway today, we preview some of the interesting first-round match-ups.

#6 Tracy Mayernick vs. #11 Adam Babington 

No. 6 seed Tracy Mayernick and No. 11 seed Adam Babington are squaring off in the 1st Round of TallyMadness  

Mayernick, who  last year found herself facing her husband Frank Mayernick in the Sweet 16 of this competition, could be back in the very same spot this year. (Our TallyMadness selection committee has a dark sense of humor, or perhaps would like to give the fairer Mayernick a chance to triumph in this spousal spar). 

Babington sailed through the 1st Round last year, and no doubt has a strong following among his peers. To be fair, as the chief lobbyist for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, like a third of the lobby core and a fair number of TallyMadness contestants work under his guidance. Okay, ‘just’ 32. But that’s still a lot. 

 The winner of this contest will move on the 2nd Round and face either No. 3 seed Joe York or No. 14 seed Patrick Bell. 

#8 Jeff Hartley vs. #9 Frank Mayernick 

Last year’s TallyMadness ended in a four-way tie due to hackers connected to the NRA busting the platform, preventing the final rounds from being fought to the end. Among the four winners was this year’s No. 9 seed Frank Mayernick, who faces No. 8 seed Jeff Hartley in the 1st Round of this online competition to determine Florida’s “best” lobbyist. 

So here’s the thing. Our TallyMadness selection committee has written Frank and his wife and lobbying partner, Tracy, into the same bracket for the second time in a row. Last year, Frank and Tracy squared off in the Sweet 16, and this year… they could do the same. Our punkish committee could well have spelled defeat for those who stand in the way of us witnessing a spousal rematch. 

But then there’s Jeff Hartley. A formidable lobbyist with a tenure that defies his perpetually youthful looks. Hartley represents clients including Bikepath Country Florida, Children’s Home Society, Pembroke Pines, Corizon, Corrections Corporation of America, Dorsal Tobacco, Duke Energy Corporation, and that’s just a small sample of the list up to the letter “F”.   

Only you, the voters in this matchup, will decide who prevails. Keep in mind, your pick will go on to the 2nd Round to face either No. 1 seed Jon Johnson or No. 16 seed Keyna Cory.

First-round voting closes on Monday, April 7th.

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.