Jeff Clemens should step down
Sen. Jeff Clemens, D-Lake Worth, expresses his disapproval of the Appropriations bill sponsored by Sen. Jack Latvala , R-Clearwater, bottom right, on the floor of the Senate Friday, June 9, 2017 at the Capitol in Tallahassee, Fla. Photo credit: Phil Sears

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Two weeks ago, I wrote that Tallahassee has a Harvey Weinstein problem.

Obviously, I did not know then what I think I know now about Senator Jeff Clemens. Frankly, had I, I would not have been that circumspect.

That was then. This is now.

We know what we know today thanks to the dogged reporting of POLITICOBut we also know more. Much more. At least we think we do. I’m willing to admit that much of what I am hearing falls into the ranks of speculation. But not all of it.

Jeff Clemens now has a choice. He can stand and fight and hope to hold onto his seat. (Forget about leadership, that ship set sail late yesterday afternoon.) He can issue all the apologies he wants.  He can sincerely claim he will seek help.  He can rally what few troops he has left to say what a truly special man he is. He can attempt to hold onto what little he has left.  And maybe, just maybe, he can remain in the Florida Senate.

But, if half of what is out there is true, it’s going to be a long, ugly draw-out battle, and this writer gives him almost no chance of surviving.

Senator Clemens, my heart goes out to you and your family. Your lapse of judgment and your repeated mistakes probably never felt all that wrong at the time. But they were.

It’s time to move on.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was 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.


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