Hillsborough Commission candidate Scott Levinson has only voted for himself

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He cast his first ballot in the Aug. 18 primary.

Scott Levinson is a selfish voter.

That label gets rolled out every presidential election year, mostly during rote vote shaming spiels. But there’s no better term to describe Levinson, the Republican nominee for the District 1 seat on the Hillsborough County Commission.

The first ballot Levinson ever cast was in the Aug. 18 primary election, when he appeared on the ballot. Assuming he voted for himself — a safe bet — his own candidacy is apparently the only circumstance that could motivate him to perform his civic duty.

He has no legitimate excuse for not voting. He’s not new to Florida, and he’s not newly eligible — Levinson is in his mid-50s and first registered to vote during the Clinton era and was removed from the voter rolls for inactivity in 1995.

While he cleared that up and reregistered as a Republican two years ago, he ignored the primary and general elections where his own party lost control of the U.S. House. Worse yet, both of the Republican state legislators who represented him lost reelection to Democratic challengers — and on of them, former Sen. Dana Young, lost by just a handful of votes.

To be fair, Levinson put about as much effort into his primary campaign as he has voting. The first-time candidate was an unremarkable fundraiser and his 10-point victory over Tony Morejon was a shocker.

Still, his heretofore absenteeism at the polls reeks of hypocrisy.

Levinson is the kind of candidate who thinks “politics” is a dirty word. The kind who derides his opponents as “career politicians” who don’t understand the “real world.” The kind who speaks about government challenges he can’t comprehend and thinks he can show up and fix them.

In true you-can’t-make-this-up fashion, Levinson — despite having never convinced himself to pull the lever at the ballot box in his life — told voters that he would “know what levers to pull, what buttons to push” and “how to get people to do things.”

The outsider schtick can work, and it can even be valid. Sometimes, after decades of voting for candidates who don’t get results, people feel called to run.

But it loses all credibility when the person behind that message never had any skin in the game. Levinson, as far back as finance records go, has never even donated to a political cause or campaign.

Hillsborough voters have a choice: A candidate who has literally only cared about local politics when it benefitted him, or a candidate, Harry Cohen, who has spent the better part of a decade serving as a City Commissioner.

Only one of them “knows what levers to pull.”

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.


5 comments

  • Jada Aislin

    October 20, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    Hary Cohen can’t even come out of the closet at least this guy walks and talks the talk.

    Unline those who have been in for years with no real change .

    This man also never hides this fact so what was your point?

    This article is a joke. Report something accurate.

  • Sonja Fitch

    October 20, 2020 at 6:28 pm

    Must be goptrump cult member! But definitely a “white man privilege “ jerk!

  • Ed V

    October 20, 2020 at 10:02 pm

    Very good article Peter. This man has some nerve to expect people to vote for him when he could not be bothered to ever vote in his life. He is a con man spitting out garbage to people that he thinks are gullible enough to believe him. He would be a disaster as a commissioner.

  • Jada A

    October 21, 2020 at 3:36 pm

    This year will be the first time I vote too because I never paid attention to politics and now see how important it is. So am I also playing to my advantage? Lmao what the f*ck is this article?

    My family and I will be voting for someone new anyways. Time to change the old routine of nothingness.

  • Rick Morris

    October 22, 2020 at 12:00 pm

    How many times have democrats said “but, this time” and nothing changes?

    Tell Cohen to get out of the closet and come talk to us about his stupid idea of tearing down 275 for a monorail the dinosaurs will ride on.

    Or maybe he can tell us why he voted to plan to rezone the district even further so the low income neighborhoods get pushed even further away to the land of nothingness.

    Or lets talk about Stovall House and the gambling/prostitution going on in bayshore if you’re ready?

    Shouldn’t surprise you to know Bad Jane and Cohen the hobbit, go hand in hand to spray paint floors while letting trump supporters get ran over for holding a trump sign while they both look the other way and hold hands to The Wizard of Oz land.

    Come back home, get a grip and wake up to these horrible people (Cohen, Jane, Andrew Warren, Pat Kemp, Kathy Castor and sellout Bill Yanger).

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