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Wengay Newton waxes eloquently about Scott Wagman

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Scott Wagman added another name to his collection of endorsements from black leaders whose sole purpose is to supply quotes to the St. Petersburg Times, with St. Petersburg City Councilman Wengay Newton endorsing Mr. Houghton-Wagman’s campaign for Mayor.

Newton’s main criteria for who would make the best Mayor? According to Newton, often the lone voice of dissent on the City Council, that the candidate be like him and not be like everyone else. “He is just like me,” Newton said. “He is not one of them.”

Well, Wengay, if by “he’s just like me” you mean no one else likes him outside of crowd at the Kizmet, then you’ve got your guy. If by “he’s just like me” you mean someone that no one else in City Hall wants to work with, then you’ve got your guy. If by “he’s just like me” you mean a disrespectful newcomer who forgets how far the city has come in eight years, then you’ve got your guy.

I only hope Wengay doesn’t drag his closest political ally Bill Dudley into Wagman’s camp. Unfortunately, I have heard Coach say some good things about Mr. Houghton-Wagman, respecting him for his business acumen. Please keep in mind that helping people redecorate does not make someone ready to lead a city.

As for the Interior Dictator, I’m sure he has been led to believe that Newton’s endorsement matters; the YouTube video within days.

Actually this whole situation makes me wonder: what exactly transacted between the City Council’s most, um, transactional member and the mayoral candidate with nothing but cash to burn.

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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