The football team owner who wants to screw Will Weatherford is now paying for campaign ads for Weatherford’s ally in HD 36

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Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross, who, like a villain in a Scooby Doo cartoon, was last heard from at the end of 2013 legislative session saying ‘… and I would have gotten my stadium, too, if it hadn’t been for you meddling kids!’ –the kids in this case being House Speaker Will Weatherford and Republican lawmakers from Miami-Dade who blocked Ross’ efforts to secure funding for renovations to Sun Life Stadium.

After this setback, Ross swore — SWORE — he’d get back at Weatherford and Co.

“I will look to play an important role in fixing the dysfunction in Tallahassee…,”  and will continue to work to create good jobs in Miami-Dade and throughout South Florida,” Ross said in a statement after his bill died in the Florida House. 

Today we learned that Ross’ political committee, Florida Jobs First, has bought $75,000 worth of TV time, including $36,000 for broadcast TV and $39,000 for cable from Oct. 12 through Oct. 15, according to Adam Smith of the Tampa Bay Times.  This TV ad blitz is Ross’ way of helping Republicans win the special state House District 36 election to succeed Republican Mike Fasano.

So let me get this straight … The billionaire football team owner who wants to screw Will Weatherford is now paying for campaign ads on behalf of Weatherford’s ally running for the legislative seat next to Weatherford’s.

What a dastardly plan you have there, Mr. Ross. Even the villains on Scooby Doo are more politically savvy than you.

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.