The difference between local Democrats and Republicans, as exemplified by how they advertise on this blog

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Everything you need to know about the difference between Democrats and Republicans can be determined by how certain candidates handle their advertising on this blog.

The Republicans, flush with cash, are organized and timely. Democrats, for the most part, are … well, they’re not Republicans.

Last week, I sold ads at the standard rate to seven Republican legislative candidates. The artwork for these ads was sent by their consultants in the right form and sizes.  Getting the ads up on this site was just a matter of pointing-and-clicking.

The checks to pay for these ads began arriving not more than two days after the campaigns were invoiced.  At the time of this writing six of the seven candidates have paid their bill.

Two months ago, there was a legislative candidate running outside of the Tampa Bay area. There really wasn’t much of a relationship between me and them. Yet, they called up and said they’d like to purchase a full spread. They didn’t want their ad to go live just yet, they just wanted to know that they had a slot on the site if need be. The campaign Fedexed its check for delivery the next day.

Bismark would have been impressed with such efficiency.

Efficient is not the word I would use to describe the efforts of the two Democrats to whom I recently sold ads. One candidate (no longer present on this site) has yet to pay the bill sent to them four weeks ago. A second candidate attempted to pay me in cash. I’m not kidding.

Did I mention I was giving these candidates a break in the price because they hadn’t yet raised much money for their campaigns?

There are certainly some Democrats who take care of their business promptly and there are some Republicans who are a pain-in-the-neck.

But, for the most part, if the local Democrats handle the rest of their electioneering business with the same inefficiency as they do advertising on this blog, it could be a long November for the donkeys.

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.