The luckiest person in St. Pete today? Bill Foster, now that Rick Baker has taken new job

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Who is the luckiest person in Saint Petersburg today?

Well, if I was talking about all of Tampa Bay, and not just St. Pete, I would have to say Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman, who Times sports columnist Gary Shelton believes is worth a $100 million contract extension.

That’s lucky — even if it is a deserved windfall for Freeman.

But south of that, the luckiest person in St. Pete today is Mayor Bill Foster, now that Rick Baker has taken a new job with Bill Edwards’ company. Baker’s move, especially when you consider the financial opportunities for the former mayor, make it highly unlikely that Baker will run for his old job in 2013.

“I have no plans to run for office at this time,” Baker said today, although one would be a fool to think Rick Baker is finished with elected office.

With Baker unlikely to run next year, the field is cleared of the one opponent Foster he could not even run against, much less beat.

Now, , at the very worst, Foster will face a field consisting of Kathleen Ford and Rick Kriseman.

A second term for Bill Foster just got a lot more likely.

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.