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So what’s Wrong With Deveron Gibbons? He took my shoes!

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As Alannis Morisette once asked, Isn’t it ironic? The Bay Buzz is in a tizzy because someone has designed an anonymous blog attacking Deveron Gibbons:

Who’s behind mysterious Deveron Gibbons site? — An anonymous blogger has begun an anti-Deveron Gibbons for mayor campaign on the Web. What’s Wrong with Deveron? links to newspaper stories and campaign material referencing Gibbons from 2004 to present. The author goes by the name Keepin’ It Real. Bay Buzz had our Web staff do some snooping. They said the posts seem intentionally backdated, but found no evidence that the blog is more than a few days old. Gibbons did not return a request for comment. Mayoral hopefuls Scott Wagman and Jamie Bennett said they did not know who was behind the blog. “I don’t know who it is but it certainly looks like someone spent a lot of time on it,” said Bennett. Are you Keepin’ It Real? We’d be interested in hearing from you.

This is all so ironic because the Times has let anonymous blogging and commenting go on its webpages since their inception, turning the entire thing into an online cesspool of defamation. There’s not a post that goes by without some homophobic, racist thread, nor is there a day that that doesn’t see some conspiracy-theory-loving wackjob post their latest screed against Mel Sembler, the United Nations, Sarah Palin or fill-in-the-blank.

The Times should have set a higher standard for its blogs and commenting a long time ago. For them to wonder who some anonymous website designer is is disingenuous.

And no, it’s certainly not me behind the anti-Deveron site. First of all, the site isn’t funny or witty — which I clearly am. More importantly, I appreciate, like and respect Deveron. I’d support him if he was a Democrat, but he’s not, so I am inclined to back someone who shares my political philosophy for urban government.

Also, and this is a horrible story but the real truth is Deveron hazed me when we ran track together at Northeast High. The story goes: one day before a meet, he asked if he could borrow my shoes. I didn’t know why he was asking since he had on a perfectly good pair. But this was Deveron Gibbons, a senior, a homecoming court guy and I was just a lowly sophomore (although by then I was secretary of my class). So I gave him my shoes. Of course Deveron did not need my shoes, he simply wanted to give them to someone who would tie them up on a telephone wire outside of the stadium where they couldn’t be reached. Hence, I was broken in to the track team. And, hence, I’ve never forgiven Deveron. LOL. Good luck to my fellow NEHI alum. We already got Dudley on Council — The Vikings will rule!


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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