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Schorsch lied about role in chicken suit



Surprising no one, St. Petersburg politics blogger Peter Schorsch announced early on the morning of the city's primary election that he was behind the repeated appearances of someone in a chicken suit at political events that St. Petersburg mayoral candidate Kathleen Ford didn't attend.

The chicken, or whoever was inside of it, always held the same sign: "Kathleen Ford: Too chicken to debate Foster + Kriseman."

Schorsch posed in a chicken suit in the announcement on Facebook and confessed: "You're damn right I was behind the chicken! Bye-bye Kathleen"

His confession came after weeks of denying involvement and lying to Tampa Bay Times reporters, despite comments he wrote on the newspaper's own website in which he took credit for the stunt. In a July 12 story, Schorsch told the paper that the political consultant who had accused him of being the chicken was "absolutely lying" because he didn't like Schorsch's writing about his candidate. He feigned surprise that the chicken had shown up to a mayoral debate hosted by the Suncoast Tiger Bay Club, where he is an officer.

A few days before that story ran, when another reporter asked Schorsch if he was the man in the chicken suit, he emailed back: "I haven't lied to you and I've tried to rebuild my reputation over the last seven years by not lying. I am absolutely not behind the chicken."


[Last modified: Tuesday, August 27, 2013 3:28pm]


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