Tampa Trib: Protests planned when Scott throws Rays' first pitch

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There is a great article in today’s Tampa Tribune talking about the effort to organize a protest of Gov. Rick Scott. An excerpt is below and you can read the full article here:

They’re as American as apple pie: baseball and political protest.

On Friday, they come together.

Hundreds of people on Facebook say they’ll join a “Boo Rick Scott on Opening Day” event set for the Tampa Bay Rays’ season opener Friday night.

And at least one local union, the Hillsborough Classroom Teachers Association, is organizing a rally before the game, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The governor is scheduled to throw out the first pitch as the Rays face the Baltimore Orioles 7:10 p.m. at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg.

“We want to share our frustrations about cuts to education and the treatment of educators and other public employees,” said Stephanie Baxter-Jenkins, executive director of the 8,000-member teachers association.

Union members will carry signs, but no boos are planned.

Leave that to the 700 people who had signed up by this evening for the “Boo Scott” Facebook page. It was created by Peter Schorsch of Saint Petersblog, an irreverent website featuring commentary on Florida news.

“A political protest is as American as baseball,” said Schorsch, a 35-year-old sometimes political consultant.

“I was just so fed up,” he said. “Honestly, the drug testing of state employees. Even Republicans are fed up.

How many of the Facebook pledges translate into game-time action will depend on how many people followed through and bought a ticket.

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.