Brian Hughes is a real mensch

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Brian Hughes is a consultant for the Republican Party of Florida and an adviser to Governor Rick Scott. His business partner, Brian Burgess, and I have sparred more than Arturo Gatti and Mickey Ward.

I, of course, am me, am a stone in Lenny Curry’s shoe and, as the Tampa Bay Times described me, an “acolyte” of former Governor Charlie Crist.

Hughes and I probably shouldn’t even talk to each other, much less get along.

But there he was two weeks ago, in my moment of need, with a helping hand.

I was to appear on Sean Pittman, Steve Vancore and Gary Yordon’s television program, The Usual Suspects. I flew up from St. Pete to be on the show. Only I had forgot to pack a tie.

So I dashed off a plaintive message to Hughes, whom I was meeting for breakfast before taping the show, with a simple request: I need a tie; preferably something that goes with the dark suit I intended to wear.

Long story short, Hughes delivered. We even had a good chat over breakfast. Burgess even joined us.

That’s bipartisanship. 

That’s what politics should be about.

Perhaps as the gubernatorial election approaches and Crist and Scott are at each other’s throats, I won’t have such nice things to say about Mr. Hughes.

But for now, Brian Hughes is a real mensch.


Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including,,, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been 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.