Adam C. Smith, Political Editor

Adam C. Smith

Political Editor

I've never wanted to be anything except be a reporter, other than a rock star or astronaut. As political editor I focus on state and national politics and am extraordinarily lucky to live and work in Tampa Bay, the biggest battleground region of America's biggest and most interesting battleground state, I have two daughters, a son, and a rescue mutt. I grew up in New York City and graduated from a Kenyon College, a liberal arts school that had no journalism class but plenty of Plato and Aristotle. I am a Big with Big Brothers Big Sisters, I drink way too much coffee, and I always want to hear news tips and/or story ideas.

Smith: Ron Desantis channels Alexander Hamilton with his bold, energetic start

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis makes a statement on holding government officials accountable in Fort Lauderdale at the Ron Cochran Public Safety Complex Courtyard on Jan. 11, after he names former Coral Springs police Sgt. Gregory Tony to replace Scott Israel  as Broward County sheriff. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS)
Florida’s new governor is making news left and right.

Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Rick Scott, right, attends the inauguration of his successor, Ron DeSantis on Tuesday, before he let early. [SCOTT KEELER | Tampa Bay Times]
Winner of the weekGov. Ron DeSantis.  Can anyone remember a Florida governor starting off with a better, more consequential first week in...

Smith: Gov. DeSantis, stand your ground. Rescind all those lame-duck appointments by Rick Scott.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis addresses the crowd Tuesday in front of Florida's Old Capitol during his inauguration. (SCOTT KEELER  |   Times)
If he likes some, feel free to reappoint those.

Charlie Crist to Tallahassee: Donít stand in the way of ex-offender voting rights

Congressman Charlie Crist talks with reporters after walking out of the Supervisor of Elections office with Melanie Paine, right, of St. Petersburg, after Paine registered to vote. [MONICA HERNDON   |   Times]
Elected leaders need to listen to the will of the people, says the former governor who made it easier for ex-felons to vote

Will Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis follow their Florida predecessors and consider running for president?

Florida Gov. Rick Scott, left, shakes hands with gubernatorial candidate Ron DeSantis as he introduces him to supporters last year.. [Associated Press]
Times Political Editor Adam C. Smith writes that if Rick Scott and Ron DeSantis are anything like their predecessors in the governor's mansion, they will strongly consider a run for U.S. president.