Sarah Rumpf is moving to Massachusetts, while the Shark Tank whines about Rubio

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I would be remiss, as self-appointed curator of Florida’s political blogosphere, if I did not acknowledge two developments on the conservative side of the ‘sphere.

The first is Sarah Rumpf’s announcement that she has accepted a position as the communications director for Sean Bielat’s campaign for Massachusetts’ Fourth Congressional District.  Bielat is running against Joe Kennedy III, a scion of the Kennedy dynasty.

Because I believe modern American politics is better when there is a Kennedy in Congress, you know where I come out on this race — not that anyone in Massachusetts much cares what I think.

What some may care about is my opinion on what Rumpf’s leaving for Massachusetts says about Florida’s political blogosphere.  As much as I personally and politically disagree with her, Rumpf is one of the important bloggers in the state.  To see her leave for a communications director job with a congressional campaign doesn’t seem big enough for her.

I guess she really is a true believer.

Or maybe her leaving says something about how difficult it is to make it as a non-traditional media blogger. She says her blog is not going away, but how can Sunshine State Sarah be Sunshine State Sarah without the sunshine?

Meanwhile, another conservative blogger, the infamous Javier Manjarres of The Shark Tank sounds as if he’s on the outs with Marco Rubio’s camp.  Without much basis, fact or a single attributable quote, Manjarres contends that Rubio is ‘giving the stiff-arm to his loyal supporters.’

Undoubtedly, Rubio, a leading candidate for the VP slot on the GOP ticket, is less available for some folks ‘back home.’ Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times recently remarked at a Tiger Bay forum that Rubio was increasingly unavailable for Florida’s media, so maybe Manjarres is on to something.

But, it’s more likely, as Jacob Perry tweeted, that “if Rubio’s ppl appear to be distancing themselves from Fla’s sleaziest blogger (its) proof he’s serious about VP nod.”

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.