Upset win in Maryland should be a lesson to all of us in Florida

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Wealthy Potomac businessman Democrat John Delaney won a hotly contested congressional primary for the right to take on Republican Rep. Roscoe Bartlett, “setting up a battle for the seat in November that will help decide control of the House of Representatives,” the Baltimore Sun reports.

Democratic leaders backed state Sen. Rob Garagiola and even redrew the district to make it more competitive for him.

The race “is likely to be among the most expensive and closely watched in the country. Democrats are eyeing the district as a rare opportunity to pick off a GOP incumbent, while Republicans have vowed to vigorously defend it.”

But let’s go back to the point about Democratic leaders redrawing the district to make it more competitive for Garagiola.

That’s not exactly what occurred in Florida, but the situation reminds me of the Hasner-Rooney-West shuffle.

Adam Hasner left the US Senate race to run for the congressional seat of Rep. Allen West, who left that seat to run for Rep. Tom Rooney, who, in turn, is running for a new proposed seat that stretches from Charlotte County to Martin County.

Now, it’s likely that Hasner, Rooney and West will win these seats.  Then again, as Rob Garagiola learned on Tuesday, sometimes all of that shuffling during the game of redistricting musical chairs leaves a candidate without a chair.

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.