Brad Drake

Corcoran still trailing in House popularity contest

As if legislators don’t have enough to fight about already, House Speaker Richard Corcoran last month injected a new battleground into the age-old political arena of one-upsmanship.

Corcoran, a Land O’ Lakes Republican and avid Twitter-er, rolled out a pair of lists last month — the “Facebook 50” and “Twitter 50” — to highlight the support representatives get on the social media sites.

The more “likes” members receive, the higher their rankings on Corcoran’s lists, blasted out via Twitter.

The competition was designed to push House members to increase their use of social media and “partly just a fun exercise” to see who’s already a Twitter or FB rock star, the speaker’s spokesman Fred Piccolo told The News Service of Florida last month.

But this month’s results leave us questioning how effective the popularity contest is, at least in its early stages.


Corcoran — who remains in second place — noted on Twitter yesterday there have been “some movements on the board.”

But the top five social media mavens have held their positions, according to the House calculations.

The top tweeter remains Rep. Byron Donalds, a Naples Republican who recently lost a bid to take over as speaker in 2022.

Donalds leads Corcoran, who is followed by Kionne McGhee, D-Miami; Jacksonville Democrat Tracie Davis and Tampa Republican James Grant.

The top five on Facebook remain Daniels; McGhee; Jim Boyd, R-Bradenton; Clay Ingram, R-Pensacola; and Brad Drake, R-Eucheeanna.

Boyd, 60, who landed 10th on the Twitter list, bragged Thursday on Twitter that “Old man Boyd still ‘schooling’ the younger folk.”

Coral Springs Democratic Rep. Jared Moskowitz — a 36-year-old late adopter who joined Twitter just a year ago — is noticeable absent from both lists, but that didn’t stop him from delivering this snarky response to Boyd: “On your flip phone.”