You know it’s the silly season if reporters are wring about Bill Nelson for Governor

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Because reporters aren’t allowed to write a story about how Charlie Crist has NOT yet made a decision to run for Governor, expect to see similar pieces to what William March of the Tampa Tribune ginned up this past weekend.

Titled, “Nelson versus Scott in 2014? Maybe”, the story reads “Democrats aren’t entirely happy with their field of candidates.” March scrapes up one Democrat — other than Nelson spox Dan McLaughlin — to testify to the, um, appeal of a Nelson-for-Governor campaign. And even the wood March’s source offers is soft.

“He would clearly be the strongest candidate” Democrats could field, said Miami lawyer Neal Sonnett, a major Democratic donor and fundraiser. “I think he swamps Rick Scott. … At this early stage, there isn’t anybody emerging as a superstrong candidate other than perhaps Charlie Crist, but he could have problems because of the party switching.”

Except Crist won’t have problems because of the party switching. At least not according to the most recent survey from Quinnipiac Polling. Florida voters say 50 – 40 percent that Crist’s switch from Republican to independent and now to Democrat is a positive thing that shows he is a pragmatist, rather than a negative thing that shows he lacks core beliefs.  

The rest of the quotes in March’s story, from uber fundraiser Richard Swann and former Tampa mayor Sandy Freedman, suggest that Nelson’s appeal as a gubernatorial candidate would be limited.

So while McLaughlin may have convinced March that the phone is ringing off the hook with calls for Nelson to enter the race, the rest of us know better. 

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.