Say what? Mayor Bill Foster did not vote in 2011 city elections

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In the mayoral race between Bill Foster and Rick Kriseman, this may just be the straw which breaks the pelican’s beak.

As first discovered by Kriseman’s camp and later confirmed by Foster, the Mayor of St. Petersburg did not bother to cast a ballot in the City of St. Petersburg’s 2011 municipal elections.

Read that again. The man who is suppose to care more than anyone else about this fair city didn’t care enough to vote on who leads the city.

This may seem small to some, but to me this sin of omission encapsulates so much of what’s wrong with the Foster administration. He just doesn’t have the intensity or passion needed to lead this vibrant city.

For his part, Foster told Mark Puente of the Tampa Bay Times that he  didn’t cast an absentee ballot before leaving for Takamatsu, Japan, to take part in the city’s 50th Sister City anniversary with St. Petersburg. (Don’t get me started on how much of a waste of money and time this trip was.) 

“I realized it when I was on the plane,” Foster said. “I prefer to vote in person.”

Sorry, Mayor Foster, that’s not just good enough an excuse. 

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.