TV news channel says replacement for Mike Horner in HD 42 could be named soon — no kidding!?!

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Talk about groundbreaking journalism.

‘WFTV has learned that the Republican Party is working on a list of prospective candidates to replace state Rep. Mike Horner on the November ballot,” is how it reads on the station’s website.

What gave away this kernel of secreted information? Was it the Republican Party of Florida saying it was working on a list of prospective candidates? Or was it the five dozen other media outlets reporting that the RPOF was working on a list of prospective candidates?

Of course the headline to this story — “Candidate to run in State Rep. Mike Horner’s place could be named soon” — is just as ridiculously breathless.

“…could be named soon?” Which crack reporter at WFTV broke the code about a replacement needing to be named by next Tuesday?

Unfortunately, WFTV’s site is where, undoubtedly, most people will get their “news” about this story.

Meanwhile, Horner will remain president of the Osceola Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber Chairman Pete Pace issued a statement today praising Horner as “a stellar leader of this Chamber for 15 years, ushering our membership through unprecedented growth and stability.”

This decision did not sit well with progressive activist Susannah Randolph.

“I am shocked that the Osceola/Kissimmee Chamber of Commerce chairman has stated publicly that Mr. Horner will continue as its president,” said Randolph, Executive Director for Florida Watch Action. “My sincere hope is that the leadership of the chamber of commerce will revisit this decision as the image of our community cannot be compromised. The headlines being read throughout Central Florida and the entire state regarding Mr. Horner’s alleged actions are a major distraction from our work to get our community moving again and putting residents back to work.”

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.