The Water Cooler: Kottkamp; Oil; and Porn

Kottkamp’s Follies

Last week in referred to some of the scoundrels in the Florida G.O.P. leadership adding that they were “the kind of guys who make Jeff Kottkamp look honest.” Kottkamp, who is Florida’s do-nothing Lieutenant Governor best known for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses on state-owned aircraft to attend football games and concerts apparently took issue with the column.

What people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Kottkamp’s Follies

Last week in one of my columns I referred to some of the scoundrels in the Florida G.O.P. leadership mentioning that they were “the kind of guys who make Jeff Kottkamp look honest.”  Kottkamp, who is Florida’s do-nothing Lieutenant Governor best known for hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses on state-owned aircraft to attend football games and concerts apparently took issue with the column. Shortly after it was posted he e-mailed me and asked for my phone number. I provided my number but he never called. It’s no wonder, what would he have said? Reports came out this week that the RPOF spent over $47,000 for Kottkamp to attend lavish dinners and take trips to Disney World – with his kids no less…

I e-mailed Kottkamp this afternoon and told him he should be ashamed of himself.  He replied back that I shouldn’t believe everything I read in the newspapers. I would add, I shouldn’t believe anything coming out of the mouths of career politicians. This is about right and wrong. You either get it or you don’t. Kottkamp doesn’t.

The state of politics is the worst I have ever seen it. Politicians like Jeff Kottkamp, Charlie Crist, Marco Rubio, Jeff Atwater, today are unaccountable, have a sense of entitlement, and refuse to admit wrong doing – even when their hands are caught in the cookie jar. Oh, and to my Democrat friends, your party is full of them too – I just don’t care about your party enough to make mention of them.

Slick Politicians Loath Oil Slicks

It’s pretty funny watching all the politicians squirm over drilling in the Gulf of Mexico following the BP oil spill disaster.  While Charlie Crist was for it before he was against it, Marco Rubio is sticking to his original position in favor of exploration. Kudos to Marco for being honest – wish he’d done the same with his Amex card charges.

As for oil, the computer you’re reading this column on is petroleum based, as is the packaging of most any product you’re going to use to cook dinner tonight, and pretty much at least ninety percent of the products in our daily lives are a derivative of oil in some way or another.

A lot of Floridians selfishly don’t want drilling in the Gulf – just like the liberal tree hugging snobs in Cape Cod don’t want wind turbines off their coast. They preach environmentalism so long as it’s not in their backyards. This is hypocrisy at its finest. The oil spill is unfortunate, but whether it happened in the Gulf of Mexico or the Persian Gulf, environmental damage is bad either way. Personally I’d rather it happen here as I think we’re more financially, technologically, and morally equipped to do the right thing than some Arabian kingdom.

This is porn?

Bennettsunshine

The Sunshine State News had a report earlier this week about State Senator Mike Bennett looking at “porn” on his computer while on the State House floor during debate about an abortion bill. I watched the video and in my humble opinion it was not pornographic in the least.  You’ll see more skin on broadcast TV, and more than likely during any trip to a public place like a shopping mall these days. 

I don’t know Mike Bennett well, but I know him. We shared a meal together once (he had tomato with peanut butter on it for breakfast – and it’s actually good!), and when I used to smoke I bummed him a cigarette a few times, and we’ve spoken on the phone on a couple of occasions. I’m not one to defend politicians very often, but in this case I’ll go out on a limb and say from what I do know of Sen. Bennett he’s a solid guy.

The Sunshine State News should be ashamed of itself for suggesting what Bennett was looking at was pornography.  You be the judge. View the video and read the story here.

Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of www.IrreverentView.com. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, Front Page Florida, and National Review online. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com

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8 thoughts on “The Water Cooler: Kottkamp; Oil; and Porn”

  1. Can I bid on doing the TV for your upcoming Congressional campaign?

    Oh, wait. Someone will kill you before then.

    Robert B.
    Washington, DC

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  2. If I were looking for an evening of debauchery, I think I’d try to get an invite with the Young Republicans instead!

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  3. Yeah right Chris this isn’t porn it’s quite ironic that he is looking at half nude women as they debate a last minute abotion bill that would require women to get an ultra sound and pay for it (sounds like a mandate to me just like health insurance oh but the tea party is alright with that mandate). Maybe he should of been paying attention the debate on the bill instead of looking at emails!

    This just shows you the lack of respect for women by a bunch of men deciding what is best for women and oh yeah they don’t like big government either, but we can tell women what do with their bodies and that is just fine.

    I use to like reading your editorials…NO MORE I am really
    offended by your lack of compassion for women and your support of some old guy looking at young women barely clothed, but it’s okay to force women in what has to be one of the most difficult times in their life to have an ultra sound in the hopes of changing their mind.

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  4. If you watch the video, it’s clear that he is reading emails. At one point, he opens an email attachment that contains the “pornography” picture. He immediately closes it upon seeing what it is.
    Many times in the years I have been net-surfing (since 1994), I have recieved email attachements from friends that were labled something low-key (such as “vacation picture”) and upon opening, were found to be obscene. The simple solution was to contact the sender and ask not to be on the recieving end of such things anymore.
    Such appears to be the case here. If you pay careful attention to his facial expression (what part you can actually see), he does not appear happy that he recieved this.
    On the bright side, at least he’s looking at women. While the Republican delegation in Tally battles against enactment of such things as gay marriage, it’s rumored that some of those very Republican lawmakers are themselves gay. I don’t have a problem with gay people, but I do have a problem with liars that hold themselves out to be one thing to obtain office, then shut the door and engage in the very behavior they argue against. It’s called being a hypocrite, and voting for them is a vote for hypocracy, in all forms.

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  5. Reply to anonymous at 4:25:

    It is obvious you did not actually watch the video or read the accompanying article on the Sunshine State News Network (the link to which was included at the end of my column). The article noted that multiple female legislators were right next to Bennett when the photo in question appeared and none of them complained that they thought he was doing anything inappropriate. Furthermore, the video shows what appears to be 4 women in bikinis. If this is porn, 1/2 the women I saw at the beach last time I went were being pornographic.

    Please pull your head out of your rear end before commenting the next time. And if you truly have something of value to say, leave your name you coward.

    Chris Ingram

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  6. Chris, you are right. Senator Bennett is an upright and honest guy who will tell you what he thinks, and doesn’t play the game with what you want to hear. He will even listen as you make your case.
    With senators around Bennett, the photographers around the Senate Chamber its nonsense to say Senator Bennett was looking around for porn. How many of us have been sent things by friends and acquaintances that’s distasteful. What do you do? You click it closed and send it to trash. That’s what Bennett did. Says alot about journalism these days or what passes for journalism.

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