Why does the Tampa Trib’s think Sen. Nan Rich is someone to watch in 2012?

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There have been just two posts over the last ten days on the Tampa Tribune‘s political blog, so you’ll forgive me if the site has lost my attention.

Still, I wanted to circle back to an otherwise throwaway piece about “some other people to watch in Florida politics in 2012.” Included on this list is State Senator Nan Rich because she is “an eloquent spokeswoman for the party’s most idealistic issues, including education and helping children and the disabled, is likely to try to find out.”

OK, but why should anyone care about Nan Rich — or Pam Iorio or Alex Sink, who are also on this list — in 2012, a year during which a hundred other stories will, and should, capture readers’ attention?

Not on this list are legislators Dean Cannon or Chris Dorworth or Mike Haridopolos or Mike Fasano or Paula Dockery or Don Gaetz or Eric Friesen or Andy Gardiner  or Will Weatherford or twenty other State Representatives or Senators who will certainly be newsmakers this year.

Instead, readers are suppose to pay attention to the Minority Leader from South Florida.

No wonder there have only been two updates in the last ten days to the Tribune‘s political blog.  They’re paying attention to the wrong people.

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.