With Alex Sink in CD 13,what must be going through Rick Baker’s mind?

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With Alex Sink now officially in the race for Congressional District 13, which includes much of north and west St. Petersburg, and U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor already representing a large swath of south St. Petersburg, it’s very likely that soon ALL OF ST. PETERSBURG will be represented in the U.S. House of Representatives by Tampa-first Democrats. 

This might sit well with the Tampa Bay Times, but one has to wonder: What must be going through former St. Petersburg mayor and staunch Republican Rick Baker’s mind right now? 

He knows that with Sens. Jeff Brandes and Jack Latvala decidedly not running for this seat, he is the GOP’s best, and perhaps only, hope of keeping St. Pete from trending deep-water blue.

Consider that a year ago, the ‘burg had a reactionary conservative, Bill Foster, for a mayor and a stalwart Republican, Bill Young, representing it in Congress. By the Spring of 2014, one of the most partisan Democrats to have recently served in the Florida Legislature could be in City Hall and Democratic icon Alex Sink could be St. Pete’s representative in the U.S. House.

That just cannot sit well with The Great Mustache. 

It’s your move, Rick Baker.

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.