The art of character assassination by Orlando Sentinel’s Scott Maxwell

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The following is a guest post from Geoffrey Kendrick.

In yet another hit-piece by Scott Maxwell in last Sunday’s Orlando Sentinel, local State Rep. Chris Dorworth was, once again, the target of Maxwell’s bias and contempt. The headline in the Local News section last Sunday read, “New mess proves Dorworth unfit to run House”. This is just one example of countless articles in which Maxwell has ridiculed Dorworth for issues ranging from his finances and public disclosures to his personal life. In fact, if one were to research all of Maxwell’s articles on Dorworth, it would be painfully obvious to detect Maxwell’s malicious agenda to deny Dorworth his future role as Florida’s House Speaker.

In Sunday’s article, Maxwell tries to deflect his liberal bias by offering-up other Republican options for House Speaker like Rep. Erik Fresen, Rep. Jack Latvala, and Rep. Clay Ford: all very respectable men and honorable servants of the citizens of Florida. However, Dorworth is the man who the Florida Legislature has chosen to represent the citizens of Florida as House Speaker, not a group of alternatives chosen by a propagandist moonlighting as a Journalist.

Maxwell seems to believe that Florida’s elected officials – specifically Dorworth – should somehow possess the ability to distance themselves from the struggling economy that the rest of us are forced to endure. Heaven forbid our public servant’s role-up their sleeves and take risks in the private sector. Maxwell’s idea of a qualified elected official would probably be that of a Community Organizer, always on the public dole, who’s elected to the Senate but rarely votes, and eventually becomes President and blames Bush– but I digress.

An infamous man once said,

“Ridicule is man’s most potent weapon.”

“If you push a negative hard and deep enough, it will break through into its counter side”.

“Pick the target, freeze it, personalize it, and polarize it.”

Maxwell’s methods are eerily similar to the teachings of Saul Alinsky who wrote a book: Rules for Radicals.

Say what you will Scott Maxwell, but your leftist ideology is as transparent as your liberal agenda.

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.