On the Campaign Trail: Jason Brodeur, Scott Powers, Anthony Pedicini
Hunkering Down With Peter Schorsch
In the first episode from the campaign trail, Peter Schorsch hunkers down with GOP political consultant Anthony Pedicini, former Rep. and now Senate candidate Jason Brodeur and Florida Politics Orlando reporter Scott Powers. Brodeur kicks it off with a look at his campaign in Senate District 9, one of the hottest races in Florida politics this year. Powers picks it up with a reporter’s analysis of that race, as well as other intriguing match-ups, including a down-ballot contest for the Seminole County Commission. Powers also laments how baseball is languishing during the pandemic. Pedicini bats clean up, weighing in on Heather Fitzenhagen’s surprise launch into Senate District 27, while bringing in an insider's view to many of the legislative seats in play this cycle. Special Guests: Anthony Pedicini , Jason Brodeur, and Scott Powers.
Peter Schorsch hunkers down with his good friend Anthony Pedicini, a political strategist and Ella’s godfather, who is preparing for the coronavirus pandemic in style — plenty of good cigars, pastina and rum to last a while.“If the Governor decides to put us in a statewide lockdown, I think I’d survive,” he says.Pedicini talks about how his brother was exposed to COVID-19 at work but didn’t tell him for 7 days. Now he’s in self-isolation for another 5 days. “This is not a fun thing, and I think people aren’t taking it seriously until it hits them in the head.”Peter and Pedicini discuss how Florida — like Italy — is broken up into individual “city-states” with each responding to coronavirus in their own way. As for Florida’s political class, a reminder: It doesn’t matter whether it is worse than the flu — it’s doesn’t get those lives that have been lost.Pedicini says he realized the seriousness of the situation when he started seeing politicians (a group with which he is very familiar) start having worried looks on their faces: “You can just see something has changed.”Coronavirus is something in magnitude that no one alive has ever seen, Pedicini says, whether it’s in the economic situation or in a possible meltdown of health care. He also talks about releasing low-level criminals from the jails to alleviate overpopulation, because if coronavirus hits the prison system it would be “devastating.And as a political strategist, Pedicini says everything they were ramped up to do in 2020 is now put on hold — fundraising, campaign, grassroots and so on.“If you’re not an elected official, you should be not be talking to the public about things,” he says, using as an example Rep. Jackie Toledo of Tampa calling out the Seminole Tribe for keeping the Hard Rock open. She couldn’t do that as a candidate, but as an elected official.Special Guest: Anthony Pedicini .
He Said, She Said: A Podcast About Florida Politics
On this episode of He Said, She Said, Michelle and Peter get back in the studio after a month-long hiatus. They talk about the loss of Michelle's father, their recent trip to Tallahassee for FSU's homecoming and the upcoming legislative session. They welcome their good friend and Florida political consultant Anthony Pedicini to talk Florida politics, upcoming campaigns to watch for 2020 and media misconceptions about campaigning. Michelle shares the idea for her upcoming new podcast, Hallmark for the Holidays.