The breathtaking audacity of the Hasner-Rooney-West shuffle

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So Republican US Senate candidate Adam Hasner is leaving the race and will instead run for the congressional seat of Rep. Allen West, who is leaving that seat to run for Rep. Tom Rooney, who, in turn, plans to run for a new proposed seat that stretches from Charlotte to Martin County.

How presumptuous!

Hasner, Rooney and West have all made these decisions — well, Hasner really had no choice but to concede the Senate race to Connie Mack — based on redistricting maps that have been approved, to date, only by a House panel.  The maps have not been voted on by the full House, reconciled with the Senate’s maps, signed-off on by Gov. Rick Scott, approved by the Florida Supreme Court or vetted by the Department of Justice.

Sure, some of what is ahead involving the new maps is pro forma, but if there is one rule about Florida politics, it’s that things which appear to be pro forma don’t always go along to form.

And for Hasner, Rooney and West to make such significant decisions about their futures on the basis of what is still just one preliminary map seems breathtakingly audacious.

As my father would tell me on the Sunday mornings he and I would fish together along Pass-a-Grille, “it ain’t a fish until it’s on the dock.”

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.