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Tiger Bay puts paw in mouth with announcement for Steve Kornell/Angela Rouson debate

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Last month, I wrote that Tiger Bay’s announcement for Chuck Harmon’s appearance was just a little too over the top, even by the organization’s snarky standards.

Now, it looks like Tiger Bay has put its paw in its mouth again with its announcement for the program for the candidates for St. Petersburg City Council. Originally, the announcement read:

Fat Cats, Dark Horses and Underdogs – The two races for St. Petersburg City Council District 5 and 6 seats each share common elements. They both contain economically and racially diverse areas of the City with some of the most valuable, and most economically troubled real estate. They also feature open, or nearly open seats as opposed to other districts where the incumbents are fairly securely entrenched. But the most interesting element each shares is the field of candidates. Each has a presumed front-runner. In District 5 its Angela Rouson, the wife of a prominent state representative, all but officially endorsed by the Democratic Party establishment…”

It’s that last sentence that has everyone growling. In fact, I just received this email from Tiger Bay executive director Chandra Tracy:

“The Suncoast Tiger Bay Club sincerely apologies for the misinformation written in the Tiger Growls regarding the endorsement of Angela Rouson by the Democratic Party establishment, this statement was and is not an actual reflection of fact. No candidate has been endorsed by the Democratic Party and we apologize for this error.”

C’mon, Tiger Bay, don’t be such Pussy…..Cats.

After all, is it wrong to say Rouson is “all but endorsed by the Democratic Party establishment” but it’s alright to say that there are “military-style assault weapons freely accessible by common criminals”?

Or how do you prove or disprove a statement like all but endorsed by the Democratic Party establishment? She is all but endorsed. As for there being a Democratic Party establishment, there is certainly no such thing.

Why do I get the feeling that Steve Kornell’s squeaky supporters squawked up this storm? I can just hear the boyyysss hissing to each other over the the rainbow phone on the Stonewall hotline.

Of course, who the squeaky wheel is does not discount the fact that this is at least the third mountain-out-of-a-molehill issue that has developed recently over the organization’s activities. There was even an effort to take back my Fang-and-Claw award for my mustache question of Rick Baker because Beverly Mitland doesn’t like Rob Eschenfelder (I believe she’s Jewish, he’s German, it goes that deep) who counted the votes on the day I won.

The problem for Tiger Bay is that it attempts to straddle the line between taking itself seriously and not taking itself seriously enough. It’s hard to hold accountable a group whose mission is simply to inject some zest into public affairs, but when hundreds of people are attending the forums Tiger Bay hosts, with many more looking in via Bay News 9, a certain sense of responsibility is needed.

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.

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