Tampa Bay’s worst candidate of 2012: Margaret Iuculano

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Who is Tampa Bay’s worst candidate of the 2012 election cycle?

This should be difficult to decide, after all, there are some really batsh*t crazy candidates running in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas. So you have to narrow the field by eliminating the third-party candidates and the write-ins. They’re expected to be crazy, almost by definition.

So keep it to just Democrats and Republicans. Yeah, the list of possible contenders is still pretty long. There is Marg Baker, the Tea Party loon who ran for House District 65 and once argued that immigrants should be interred. But she did not make it out of the primary, so she’s off the hook.

There is Pinellas County Commission candidate Buck Walz, the guy who accepted a gun club membership as a political contribution. There is incumbent School Board member Janet Clark, whose campaign philosophy is to not campaign at all because she says it doesn’t matter (yet she still wins). There are so many possible choices.

But, in my estimation, the worst local candidate of 2012 is Republican Margaret Iuculano.

We first met Margaret after she made an oh-so-subtle attempt to play the gay card against her opponent, Democrat incumbent Kevin Beckner.

Next, the Tampa Tribune exposed Margaret Iuculano’s outstanding tax bills & bankruptcy here. They next revealed that Iuculano made up business awards for herself.

And now… wait for it … we come to learn Iuculano gets advice from a “corporate psychic.”

“Margaret Iuculano was running out of time. She needed to make a decision quickly: Should she re-sign the lease for the Tampa headquarters of her IT training firm, TechSherpas? Or should she purchase a new building? She struggled with the choice; she didn’t know what to do.

But Victoria Lynn Weston knew. “‘This afternoon, you will meet with a man named Kevin from Wachovia,'” Iuculano recalls Weston telling her. “‘He’ll approve a loan to buy a new property, and you’ll end up purchasing it.'” Later that day, Iuculano received the financing. The bank was Wachovia. She eventually acquired the property. And yes, the representative’s name was Kevin.”

Iuculano actually offered a testimonial for these gypsies, err, corporate psychics.

From the “Psychic’s” website:

“Most people don’t feel comfortable talking about this,” adds Margaret Iuculano, Nonetheless, having sat on the boards of organizations such as the YMCA and Microsoft CPLS, she points out: “We always had someone in the room who’s used a psychic.”

I wonder if this psychic predicted what a train wreck of a candidate Iuculano would become in 2012.

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.