Why candidates shouldn’t get their panties in a wad over Florida GOP’s requirement they attend Sunshine Summit

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If you go by the media attention from POLITICO Florida to the Florida GOP’s proposed requirement that presidential candidates submit paperwork to run in Florida’s primary at November’s Sunshine State Summit, one might think Chairman Blaise Ingoglia is asking them to co-sign on a mortgage.

If you go by the Tampa Bay Times’ Adam Smith’s coverage of this proposal, one might think Ingoglia wants presidential candidates to name their next child after him.

Everyone, including Jeb Bush and Ben Carson — who both recently spoke out in opposition to the proposal — needs to calm down.

What the Florida GOP is asking candidates to do — show up in the Sunshine State to submit their paperwork — is much less than what some other states ask of candidates.

NBC News has a report up today discussing the barrier of entry to South Carolina’s ballot. The fee to file for the Republican presidential primary ballot there is $40,000.

In Arkansas, it costs a candidate $25,000 to get on the ballot.

In Virginia, candidates must collect 200 candidate petitions from each of its 10 congressional districts (5K total, but they are told to get much more than that to ensure 5K are valid). In addition, those petitions must be sealed in plastic containers and can only be gathered by volunteers (not paid staff) who are legal residents of that state.

Really all Florida is requiring is a round-trip flight to Orlando. Is that really too much to ask?

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.