Rule No. 432 of politics: Do not use the term “renaissance man” to describe yourself when announcing your candidacy

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First, the official news: Motorcycle enthusiast Steve Galvin has filed to run for the District 8 seat on the St. Petersburg City Council.

And now, for a word of advice to not only Mr. Galvin, but to prospective candidates everywhere.

When making your first statement about your candidacy, it is probably best to avoid using the term “renaissance man” to describe yourself as Galvin does on his campaign’s Facebook page.

“Here’s the short answer to the first question a candidate is usually asked, ‘why are you running?’

“In a word, passion. For most of my life I have followed my passions. Music, motorcycles, architecture, remodeling/restoration, woodworking and metal sculpture. I love to work both with my hands and with my head. There was a time where someone like me might be called a ‘renaissance man.’ ” …

Might it be safe to assume that Mr. Galvin also owns many leather bound books and his home smells of rich mahogany?

All joking aside, there is one thing I already like about Galvin; he was recently photographed with my friend Fran Haasch, so we’re gonna give Galvin a second chance — just as long he stops sounding like Ron Burgandy.

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.