Joe Gruters, if you lay down with dogs, you’ll get up with blackfaced fleas
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Stay away, Senator.

Only he knows why, but Sen. Joe Gruters will be slumming it with Rep. Anthony Sabatini at an anti-vaccine rally later this month.

While Sabatini probably doesn’t have anything to do on a Wednesday afternoon in the middle of a committee week, Gruters does.

The Sarasota Senator chairs the Florida GOP and unlike Representative Blackface he chairs a committee in the Legislature, too.

But instead of doing something worthwhile, Gruters will be a guest speaker at an event that sounds like a rejected Party Down episode: The Florida Freedom Rally.

Hosted by the equally inane-sounding Conscious Coalition and Moms For Freedom, the event promises to be a cesspool of angry, misinformed and conspiratorial whackjobs who are hellbent on rejecting the COVID-19 vaccine.

Gruters’ presence isn’t harmless. If we’ve learned anything over the past week, or past four years, his presence is validation.

The people who gather at the state Capitol to hear him speak will walk away even more resolute in their beliefs than when they arrived, all because an influential Senator will have told them they might be onto something when he should have cringed.

And they don’t just believe that vaccines are a scam.

These same people believe masks have a mortality rate. They believe in the “plandemic.” They believe Joe Biden wants to microchip them. They believe the election was stolen.

Simply put, this is the crowd who thinks Sabatini is a good attorney. Ergo, it’s the crowd all respectable elected officials should keep at arm’s length.

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.


  • Sonja Fitch

    January 12, 2021 at 2:39 pm

    Black faced.., the ultimate goptrump death cult slur! Sir you are criminally negligent and responsible for the lies YOU will propagate ! Get out take Rutherford nazi rick and Duffus Desantis !

  • Ryan Morales

    January 12, 2021 at 3:10 pm

    You do realize there are pictures of Sabatini in Blackface and brownface which is what the author is referring to. Sabatini has refused to step down citing it was a joke which we all know was not a joke after his threats to the BML protestors over the summer.

  • Cackhand Anon

    January 14, 2021 at 12:07 pm

    QAnon is alive and well in the comment chorus.

  • Tony

    January 14, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    JD Fascist,
    My suggestion for people like you with daily diarrhea of the mouth is to say far less and know the facts first.

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