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Angela Rouson picks up another endorsement, launches TV ad campaign — and my thoughts on Mike Atwater’s endorsement

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Angela Rouson capped off an impressive week of campaigning with the an announcement that Pinellas County Commissioner Nancy Bostock has endorsed her campaign:

According to Rouson’s media release, Commissioner Bostock provided the following remarks – “These are challenging times for all levels of government. We need leaders like Angela Rouson; leaders who have the experience necessary to make difficult choices. Of course, I also admire Angela’s compassion and vision. That is why I am supporting her for City Council.”

With Bostock’s endorsement, that means that Angela Rouson now has the support of the Mayor, as well as much of the legislative delegation (mostly Democrats) and a majority of the Pinellas County Commission (mostly Republicans).

But Steve Kornell has been endorsed by Mike Atwater! I don’t know if there is anyone in politics who knows as many people in the restaurant business as I do and I just don’t get the fascination with Atwater’s greasy spoon. Yes, his spot is a gathering place for some of the city’s politicos, but so is the Atlanta Bread Company on First Avenue and I don’t see anyone crowing about getting that guy’s endorsement.

Honestly, I don’t know how anyone eats at Atwater’s. There is a better chicken-and-biscuit spread in the deli at Publix! I guess it’s because of what Mike’s family has done, so his endorsement does mean something. Kornell’s camp has taken Atwater’s endorsement as an indication of a divide in the black community over supporting Rouson. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the real story behind Mike Atwater’s endorsement of Steve Kornell is that two prominent members of the gay community who use Atwater’s for the catering at events they host at their palatial home in Roser Park threatened Atwater with a boycott from the entire gay community if he did not endorse Kornell.

Anyway, enough about soul food. I’ve been provided another advance copy of a candidate’s TV commercial and want to share it with the readers of this blog:

All I can say is: “Finally!” Finally, one of the candidates running in St. Pete has produced a commercial that actually has an idea behind it. Finally, one of the candidates is articulate and charismatic enough to actually speak on camera. If for no other reason, that puts this spot on par with the powerful ad Bill Foster’s campaign distributed in the primary. Certainly, this ad is heads-and-shoulders above what Kornell is broadcasting.

Rouson also released the image of her latest electronic billboard ad:

Something tells me this race is about to get very interesting.

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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