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Steve Schale talks Joe Biden, #BusyBeeCaucus on new He Said She Said

The self-professed #FloridaMan makes a visit.

Former Vice President Joe Biden’s bid for president is very popular among Florida Democrats.

But listeners to the latest episode of the “He Said She Said” podcast — featuring Democrat Steve Schale, a self-professed veteran #FloridaMan politico and a mega-fan of “boss” Biden — already knew that.

Biden, the longtime U.S. Senator who served eight years as Barack Obama’s VP, made an early show of force by securing the endorsements of 23 of the Florida Legislature’s 64 Democrats.

The list, first reported by POLITICO, includes House members Joe Geller, Richard Stark, Susan Valdes, Matt Willhite, Michael Gottlieb, Wengay Newton, Amy Mercado, Shevrin Jones, Mike Grieco, Javier Fernández, Clovis Watson, Nicholas Duran, Tina Polsky, Ramon Alexander, Barbara Watson, Joe Casello, Tracie Davis, John Cortes and David Silvers.

And from the Senate: Democrats Gary Farmer, Kevin Rader, Victor Torres, and Perry Thurston.

Schale, the founder of the 2016 Draft Joe Biden for President movement, talked with hosts Michelle Todd and Peter Schorsch about the VP’s authenticity, and how President Donald Trump — notoriously thin-skinned — will react.

Despite becoming the newest entry in the 2020 presidential race, Biden immediately shot up to front-runner status.

Schale also talked of the need for Democrats to stay united, for the best chance to defeat Trump in 2020.

Another hot topic for Schale — the legendary #BusyBeeCaucus, named after an I-10 truck stop in Live Oak, about an hour outside of Schale’s home.

During the 2014 caucus, Schale noticed a new truck stop called the Busy Bee. He described stopping in, and how it changed his life. Schale began telling everyone to stop by, and the #BusyBeeCaucus, a community of Florida politicos and other fans, was born.

Taking advantage of cult status, the #BusyBeeCaucus now has its own Twitter account as well as T-shirts and other swag.

Subscribe and listen to the newest episode of He Said She Said wherever you get your podcasts — iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher.

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Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist, editor and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing, reporting and management experience, Phil produced content for both print and online, in addition to founding several specialty websites, including His broad range included covering news, local government and entertainment reviews for, technical articles, and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine as well as advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as editor and production manager for Extensive Enterprises Media since 2013 and lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul. He can be reached at

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