The Hottest Florida Political Tea

Florida governor Ron DeSantis.
Florida governor Ron DeSantis. Photo: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
April 3, 2023

Few people understand Florida’s bizarre swamp politics better than Peter Schorsch, the affable former political consultant, who, after a few brushes (and near misses) with the law, is now the publisher of FloridaPolitics.com, a powerhouse local media company that remains uniquely attentive to the state’s political machinery and micro-and-macro dramas. Schorsch, who broke the news that the F.B.I. was raiding Mar-a-Lago from his home in St. Petersburg, insists he’s not a journalist, himself, but people in high places hang on his every tweet. Schorsch has been an acute observer of developments in Tallahassee, and does not hold back on DeSantis’s strengths and weaknesses. 

Herewith, he spills the tea on how state political insiders are digesting the governor’s recent shadow-primary stumbles, the entry of Jeff Roe into DeSantis world, and other hot Florida political gossip. This conversation has been lightly edited for length and clarity.


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