Brian Hughes drops a dime – Florida Politics (blog)
For those of you who follow me on Twitter, you may have wondered how much holiday eggnog I had to drink Friday night after I launched a series of tweets directed at Republican political consultant Brian Hughes.
I ain’t even gonna lie. @GoMeteoric snitched to @FLPressCorps about @FredPiccoloJr moonlighting for me. Hughes thinks that would embarrass me. It doesn’t. It just shows him to be a nickel dick operator who hurts people’s families. Good luck in Jax. pic.twitter.com/XTXI2aTOU6
— Peter Schorsch (@PeterSchorschFL) December 9, 2017
Please allow me to explain what prompted my broadside.
Up until about a month ago, Hughes and I worked closely together on a variety of campaigns and political issues. Although he has a tendency to be antagonistic, if not combative — even with his allies — Hughes can be a very capable operator. I even featured Hughes in INFLUENCE Magazine as one of the top communicators in Florida politics.
I don’t recall what the issue was, but a few months back Hughes had reached out to me (or vice versa) to tout one of his clients for inclusion in our weekly “Capitol Directions” feature that is included in the “Takeaways from Tallahassee” email.
Inexplicably, I copied Brian on an email to Fred Piccolo, a spokesman for Speaker Richard Corcoran, who moonlighted for me as a graphic designer. Piccolo was responsible for building out the graphics for “Capitol Directions,” so I needed to make sure he could update that week’s edition with whatever it is Hughes was asking for.
In tennis, this is what’s known as an unforced error.
That Piccolo did graphic design for me was not a secret, but neither was it well-known. When he took the position in the Speaker’s Office,