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Red State claims coverage of RPOF scandal a ‘political hitjob’ on Marco Rubio

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When it comes to “Checks and Balances” in Florida’s print media, it is increasingly apparent that there is none. In a coordinated attack piece, orchestrated by someone who had access to the Republican Party of Florida’s (RPOF) credit card records, (and for the life of me, I can’t imagine it is from anyone who currently has access), major dailies from the Panhandle all the way down to Miami have printed the same story of credit card spending by the RPOF, that came out on FRIDAY, on their most popular paper of the week, Sunday. Here is a link to the NW Florida Daily News; Here is a link to the Panama City News-Herald; Here is a link to The Saint Petersburg Times (complete with picture of Marco Rubio -Where is Jim Greer’s and Charlie Crist’s picture?); And finally, The Miami Herald (Once again a picture of Rubio, this time with Ray Sansom: Don’t let the post date fool you, they posted it near midnight and it is in their Sunday paper)…

However, the real story in all of this is who once again leaked this story to the two main stooges of this hit piece, Marc Caputo and Adam Smith. The target is obvious from the pictures in their online papers, Marco Rubio. Who are Caputo’s and Smith’s sources? Is it coming from the Charlie Crist campaign? If so, we have two of the biggest political reporters in this state actively inserting themselves into the political process, taking sides and trying to influence the outcome of an election. (yeah, big surprise there, /s off.) In addition, did these two journalists and the editors and journalists of all the participating papers to this coordinated hit piece have conversations prior to publication to ensure it got maximum exposure? Continue reading here.

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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