Several good reasons to come to Quorum on Friday

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This Friday, several Tampa Bay political aficionados, including Alan Suskey, Tony DeSisto, Anthony Pedicini, Joe Triolo and my wife, Michelle Todd, and I will be hosting Quorum, our monthly not-too-political happy hour.

Here are … reasons you should come to Quorum.

State Representative Jamie Grant, whose district, after redistricting, will include parts of Pinellas County, is the featured guest.  Come welcome Rep. Grant to this side of the bridge.

Democrats talk to Republicans. And vice versa.  Perhaps the best aspect of Quorum are the spirited conversations between some of the state’s leading partisan players.  At Quorum, you’ll see Republican Rep. Richard Corcoran engaged with Progress Florida’s Mark Ferrulo. The Young Democrats debating the Young Republicans. And so on.

It’s First Friday, when downtown St. Pete comes especially alive with a street party outside of Jannus Landing.  There’s no better way to spend a Friday evening than by taking in the hustle-and-bustle of St. Pete’s vibrant downtwon than on Friday.  Starting out at Quorum is the perfect place to pre-game.

Because Quorum is a non-partisan event, judicial candidates are free to attend.  And boy do they ever! Quorum is the one place you can meet and get-to-know future judges Tom Ramsberger, Brian Battaglia, Kim Campbell, Cathy McKyton, etc.

Charlie Crist occasionally comes to Quorum. Rick Baker pops in. Jack Latvala holds court.  Quorum is the perfect place to meet some of Pinellas’ most important politicians.

You never know when someone will get engaged at Quorum.

It’s not all politics. Sure, sure Quorum is a political event, but most of the people who come are not directly involved with politics.  And they’re often the people having the most fun.

Finally, there is often a memorable awkward moment that no one could have expected happening, like this:

Yep, that’s former Tampa Bay Times reporters David DeCamp and Janet Zink with Times‘ bete noire Norm Roche.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.