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Wayne Garcia says I am a ‘one-man election wrecking crew’ — I can’t say he’s wrong

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From Wayne Garcia, Political Whore, who has wasted almost as much time writing about the All-American City Awards as he has the St. Petersburg mayoral race and who has shown a definitive bias for Scott Wagman’s campaign, lists me as one of five reasons why the election is not connecting with voters:

Former PoHo contributing blogger Schorsch should have been nowhere near the city of St. Petersburg election. After all, his arrest a few years back on charges of ripping off some of his political consulting clients should have put the last nail in the coffin of his political work. But after a few years in the wilderness, he returned as Jamie Bennett’s campaign manager, contributing to the eventual fall of Bennett’s chances when a wide array of inappropriate city luxury box baseball ticket-giving and other unsavory ratfucking political tricks came to light when Bennett and Schorsch had a falling out. Now, Schorsch, who normally reps Democrats, has thrown his support and online poison pen to right-wing Republican Bill Foster. He pops up to question candidates at Tiger Bay Club; he files election law complaints; he snarks on his blog.

First of all, Wayne Garcia is part of the same coverage he describe as “picayune” in the rest of the article. I know he and Creative Loafing have been distracted by the bankruptcy proceedings looming over the paper and Garcia has been busy finishing off your Master’s (again, congrats!), but neither of those reasons are excuse for the hit-or-miss coverage Creative Loafing has offered on this race. Time was, Creative Loafing offered an alternative, vibrant viewpoint on local politics. That viewpoint no longer exists because Wayne Garcia is as establishment as it gets.

With the platform Creative Loafing has, with the access Garcia has, Creative Loafing and Political Whore be the second thing, right after the Bay Buzz, people read every morning for information on this race. I dare say that is not true anymore. In fact, I’d bet my last chip at Derby Lane that readers interested in St. Petersburg politics are reading my blog before Political Whore.

So I guess Garcia is right, I am a one-man election crew. Lord knows that blurb bought me a few rounds last Wednesday when it was first printed. And as a candidate for Tampa Bay’s best troublemaker, I appreciate the endorsement by default.

But this election isn’t about me, it’s about 10 shitty candidates who one reporter described as a bunch of pussies. Imagine what voters think about them. It’s not my fault Wagman is an arrogant neo-prick or that Jamie Bennett is a doofus or that Deveron Gibbons is caricature of corruption.

I am a one-man election wrecking crew because I, oh my, ask questions at Tiger Bay? Or because I file election complaints (all of which were right)? Because I snark on a blog? How dare I? Listen, I write it like I see it. And you should be doing the same. Only more so.

If I had Garcia’s readership, his traffic, boy, the things I could do. One day…

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.

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