Yes, I do think a $100,000 contribution to the Governor matters?

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Radio host Preston Scott posted a comment on my story about Gov. Scott collecting a $100,000 contribution from an auto insurance company just as the Legislature was debating a bill designed to reform the state’s PIP laws.

Scott asked, “Do you really think that $100,000 means one thing to a man who all but financed his entire campaign himself?”

Actually, I do.

I believe Scott is determined to minimize the size of the check he has to write for his re-election, not because of any financial consideration, but out of sheer spite.

The Republican establishment, as it was, wholeheartedly supported Bill McCollum over Scott in the 2010 gubernatorial primary.  Don’t think for one second Scott has forgotten that.

Scott isn’t going to let the special interests who financed McCollum’s campaign off-the-hook this time around. As Bill the Butcher once said, “Don’t you never come in here empty handed again, you gotta pay for the pleasure of my company.”

I’ll be on Scott’s show in the morning at 7:35 a.m. to discuss this issue and other notes from the legislative session.

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.