St. Pete City Council candidate Bob Kersteen’s list of antiques, err, endorsements

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There’s nothing I appreciate more than a political email written in four different colors.  After all, nothing says serious candidate more than writing in the electronic equivalent of crayon.

That this email came from the Bob Kersteen Campaign is not surprising because Kersteen first ran for office at about the same time email was introduced to the public.  Kersteen first ran for (and lost) the City Council in 1991, won in 1995, lost a state House race in 2000 and then lost a comeback bid for the City Council in 2007.

It’s not that Bob Kersteen is old, it’s just that he looks and sounds old.  He’s a dinosaur running in a city which is working hard to shed its Jurassic image.

Part of the problem is that Kersteen wears his conservatism as a badge of courage. Kersteen recently told Creative Loafing:

Kersteen is emphasizing his alliance with Bill Foster — and his conservatism, which he says is simpatico with the mayor. “Bill is conservative and I would be complementary toward his direction,” he says somewhat gruffly.

In other words, if you sided with the City Council in the movie ‘Footloose’, you should vote for Bob Kersteen.

Also siding with Bob Kersteen is a list of gray-hairs whose very mention has me reaching for the Geritrol.

Former City Councilman Ernest Williams? That poor man is literally waiting on a lung transplant.

Former County Commissioner Barbara Sheen Todd? A wonderful woman, but a decade removed from public office.

Former City Councilwoman Connie Kone also endorsed Kersteen.  Kone is a former trustee of the St. Petersburg Museum of History because, well, she was confused with one of the exhibits.

Also on the list are Pinellas Park’s Bill Mischler and Ed Taylor as if Kersteen doesn’t realize that anytime he might mention that he is endorsed by politicians from Pinellas Park, he will actually lose votes.  What the heck do they know in Pinellas Park?  How to zone a city for more trailer park development?

Yeah, I won’t be voting for Bob Kersteen should he make the run-off in November.  I hate to be so harsh, but he should have stayed retired after he lost to Herb Polson in 2007.  If the voters of St. Petersburg thought then that Kersteen was less charismatic, or as a corollary, more of a curmudgeon than Polson, what does that say about Bob Kersteen?

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.