The Shark Tank’s Javier Manjarres: “I may be a big supporter of Rubio, but when he crosses the line, I’m going to smack him.”

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If you want to begin your week with a laugh, click over to Nancy Smith’s interview of landscaper, err, blogger Javier Manjarres. Not because Smith’s interviewing or writing skills are off, but for some of the shit that comes out of Manjarres’ mouth. The money quote is at the end of the story — just past the four paragraphs Smith generously laces in referring to my criticism of Javier — when Manjarres has the audacity to write, “”I may be a big supporter of Marco Rubio, but when he crosses the line, I’m going to smack him.”

Read that line again. This landscaper-turned-blogger is going to “smack” a U.S. Senator when “he crosses the line.”

And people wonder why I have such an issue with this “clown” (to use Manjarres’ favorite pejorative).

Manjarres told SSN he is aware I am one of his fiercest critics and that I called The Shark Tank writer “the biggest idiot in Florida politics.” 

In an April 17 story, I pointed out that Manjarres had 1) misinterpreted the origin of, and misconstrued information in a buried-deep section of the  immigration bill dealing with cell phones and 2) somehow got national conservative voices to go along with it — much to their embarrassment later. That’s when I suggested Manjarres “hang up his video camera and return to landscaping.”

Smith writes that Manjarres blew off this blast. “(Schorsch) has written maybe 13 stories about me and I’ve never written about him,” said the Shark. “This guy is obsessed with me. He only wishes he had my success and I just don’t care what he thinks. He’s maginalized himself.”

If Javi wants to talk about marginalizing, look no further than when Manjarres prematurely outed the late Dave Bitner’s health issues and retirement plans. Manjarres was universally denounced for doing this. The Shark Tank never recovered from that post. Hence, there is very little advertising on Manjarres’ site.

There was a day when he and I would compete for advertisers, especially during the Florida legislative session. Take a look at his site and take a look at my site and you decide who’s marginalized themselves.

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, 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.