US Senate race overheating as one blogger attacks Adam Hasner, another links Doug Guetzloe to Mike McCalister

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The pitched-battle for the GOP nomination in the US Senate race may already be overheating with shot after shot being fired by conservative bloggers who are turning the Twitter-verse into a proxy battleground for their respective candidates.

This morning, Sarah Rumpf, one of Florida’s ‘top Tweeters’ and a staunch supporter of Adam Hasner, levied a charge against Col. Mike McCalister by connecting the colonel with provocateur Doug Guetzloe:

What’s Guetzloe’s role? Who is Guetzloe really supporting – McCalister? LeMieux? Or some other candidate yet to enter the race? Is McCalister running to be a spoiler again? Or is he really so naive as to view Guetzloe as an ally? (If so, that casts serious doubt on his judgment.)

Mike McCalister owes Floridians answers about his ties to Doug Guetzloe and his true intentions in the the 2012 Senate race.

He also owes the many people who have worked hard to support the tea party movement in Florida an explanation why he would have anything to do with a man who has worked so hard to undermine their efforts.

I am not exactly sure how advertising on someone’s site is proof positive of becoming allies; after all, Mike McCalister also advertises on this site and the Shark Tank.  However, Sarah knows this story much better than I do, so it’s probably an issue worth keeping an eye on.

Also keep an eye on the continued effort to tie Adam Hasner to past efforts to label himself a (agog) ‘moderate’.  In addition to an earlier story by Adam Smith, there is now a blog post from BizPac in which author Jack Furnari provides a lot of historical evidence of Hasner’s past moderate beliefs:

Hasner not only sought the moderate Republican label, he actively campaigned on it. But, hey, don’t take the word of the liberal media, or even the conservative media. Take a look at Hasner’s own campaign mailer from 2004, where he highlights one of the very quotes Wilson denies. Hasner even added a quote from the now-defunct Boca Raton News, which praised the Boca Raton legislator for being “well rounded in his views and not stuck on following party lines.”

Furnari’s article is worth a read, if for no other reason than to take a look at some of the direct mail Hasner previously sent out bragging about his moderate stances.

What do I make of all of the back-and-forth?  Simply this, there is a reason why Senator Bill Nelson, despite being as boring as knitting class, continues to run five or six points ahead of any of his Republican challengers.

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.