What do Charlie Crist, Mike Tyson, and Heidi Fleiss have in common?

Still, it was a good move for Charlie. His “sell by” date just got extended until November. And if Florida gets hit by three or four late-season hurricanes (possible), the Justice Department indicts Marco Rubio (could happen), and enough Flori-duh voters buy into Chuckles’ populism (most likely), he will find his lifelong dream of being a United States Senator fulfilled.

It must be a Florida election

By Chris Ingram

This week’s big political news story was of course Florida Governor Charlie “the Tan Man” Crist ditching the G.O.P. in favor of an independent run for the U.S. Senate.  Sir Charles will be listed on the ballot with no party affiliation after two decades in office as a Republican – well, at least on paper. Political watchers in the know have long suspected Charlie Crist as being politically androgynous. He just proved it to all those who doubted it.

Still, it was a good move for Charlie. His “sell by” date just got extended until November. And if Florida gets hit by three or four late-season hurricanes (possible), the Justice Department indicts Marco Rubio (could happen), and enough Flori-duh voters buy into Chuckles’ populism (most likely), he will find his lifelong dream of being a United States Senator fulfilled.

My prediction for the Florida U.S. Senate race: Continue reading “What do Charlie Crist, Mike Tyson, and Heidi Fleiss have in common?”

Immigration reform is simple

The immigration law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a few days ago sent shock waves through a nation divided by the issue of immigration. Now, I must warn you that what you are about to read might shock your conservative sensibilities and cause you to throw things at your screen. Before you label me as a liberal writer of tripe, I urge you to read this to the end and give it some serious consideration.

Go after the businesses who hire illegal workers

By Scott Factor

The immigration law signed by Arizona Governor Jan Brewer a few days ago sent shock waves through a nation divided by the issue of immigration. Now, I must warn you that what you are about to read might shock your conservative sensibilities and cause you to throw things at your screen.  Before you label me as a liberal writer of tripe, I urge you to read this to the end and give it some serious consideration.

As most know, entering this country without proper authorization from the federal government via the Department of Immigration and Naturalization is a felony.  People that enter the United States illegally are felons, law breakers, criminals, scofflaws, bad guys, etc. We should throw them all in jail, Continue reading “Immigration reform is simple”

Loyalty important to RPOF, albeit selectively

Loyalty – most people know the meaning of the word and are taught the value of the word from their childhood years. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition is very simple in stating that being loyal is being, “unswerving in allegiance.”

Oath enforcement to apply to Crist — but not Thrasher

By Scott Factor

Loyalty – most people know the meaning of the word and are taught the value of the word from their childhood years. The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition is very simple in stating that being loyal is being, “unswerving in allegiance.” Most people expect loyalty from their family, their friends, their spouse, and those that they elect and trust to represent them before the very government that will serve them.  

The Florida Republican Party is no different in its expectations of its members, both elected and appointed.  From the grassroots level precinct committee person to the governor of Florida, those appointed or elected to office as a member of the Republican Party are required to sign a loyalty oath that states they “will not actively, publicly, or financially support the election of any candidate other than the Republican Candidate” in a partisan election.

So it comes as no surprise to most that the party Continue reading “Loyalty important to RPOF, albeit selectively”

The mess that is the Fla. G.O.P.

I.V.: Given his low poll numbers and discontent of him within the GOP, what should Charlie do?

Ingram: The best thing Charlie Crist can do at this point is drop out and try to rehabilitate his image. It can be done. But running as anything other than a Republican permanently ruins his chances to run for the White House or vice-presidency – especially if he loses. But Charlie is a political animal and while he has good instincts most of the time, he won’t drop out because he’s too stubborn and has started believing his own press releases, and isn’t listening to anyone.

Creative Loafing asks Chris Ingram a few questions

CL: Given his low poll numbers and discontent of him within the GOP, what should Charlie Crist do?

Ingram: The best thing Charlie Crist can do at this point is drop out and try to rehabilitate his image. It can be done. But running as anything other than a Republican permanently ruins his chances to run for the White House or vice-presidency – especially if he loses. But Charlie is a political animal and while he has good instincts most of the time, he won’t drop out because he’s too stubborn and has started believing his own press releases, and isn’t listening to anyone.

CL: He’s been abandoned by a lot of people including his life-long mentor, former U.S. Senator Connie Mack. What was up with that?

Ingram: Connie Mack is a politician. He calculated that Charlie can’t win so he used Crist’s veto of SB6 as a convenient excuse to stop supporting him. Mack is shallow and lacks a spine and integrity like most politicians. If he had any real principles and convictions he would have dumped Charlie the day he hugged Obama. But at that point Charlie was about 30 points up in the polls. Continue reading “The mess that is the Fla. G.O.P.”

Politically Androgynous

Charlie Crist has demonstrated himself to be politically androgynous. Is he a Republican or something else? For that matter, was he ever a Republican? I think he’s probably always been something else. And just what does Charlie Crist believe in (other than Charlie Crist)? And while Chuck the Tan-man’s signature isn’t on any RPOF credit card receipts, he’s certainly not innocent of wrong-doing, or at least failing to step up to the plate and right a wrong (Jim Greer).

Charlie Crist swings the other way

By Chris Ingram

I was off last week (and thus I.V. was on hiatus) for spring break with my kids. We rented an RV and went to Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland. The park was beautiful and it was like taking a step back in time with peace and tranquility. We were fortunate enough to be there on the weekend of an annual Florida folk band’s concert at the park. It was delightful to hear the folk songs recounting Florida’s history.  After three nights we went to Little Talbot Island State Park on the beach in Jacksonville for three nights. It was also a nice park, but the wind was kicking up at the beach and the waves from the surf made dipping into the water too difficult for my three girls ages six and (twins) three. But the view from our campsite overlooking a river on the marsh made up for it.  We then spent two days at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.  The kids loved it as it was, well, Disney. Roasting ‘smores with characters “Chip” and “Dale” was a highlight and the “Hoop Dee-Doo Review” show was also a hit. Everything was nice and clean, but we might as well have been “camping” in the parking lot at International Mall as Disney’s idea of a campsite is not quite the same as the Florida Park systems’.

It was nice being with family and all but ignoring the goings-on in politics. And there certainly was a lot going on. Charlie “for whomever my pollster tells me to be for” Crist vetoed SB6 (which was good), and speculation ran rampant that he will abandon the G.O.P. and run with no party affiliation.

It stunk to be Marco Rubio last week because Continue reading “Politically Androgynous”