The Water Cooler: the Jim Greer wire-tap tapes and much more!

Just when you thought all things Jim Greer related had settled down, the wire-tapped recordings of Delmar Johnson (the former E.D. of the Republican Party of Florida) and Greer (the always a disgrace former Chairman) were released yesterday. There are lots of good tidbits of information (all according to Greer) such as Charlie Crist calling Greer post-resignation to seek his counsel about running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. On top of that Crist’s wife apparently invited Greer’s wife to come spend the weekend with her in the weeks after Greer was ousted — indicating Charlie’s undying loyalty or outright stupidity of all things Greer.

Disgraced PROF official calls Ingram “crazy”; Rick Scott on the debt; Marks on the mark; and Marco’s mortgage mess 

By Chris Ingram 

Chris Ingram is “crazy” 

Just when you thought all things Jim Greer related had settled down, the wire-tapped recordings of Delmar Johnson (the former E.D. of the Republican Party of Florida) and Greer (the always a disgrace former Chairman) were released yesterday. There are lots of good tidbits of information (all according to Greer) such as Charlie Crist calling Greer post-resignation to seek his counsel about running for the U.S. Senate as an independent. On top of that Crist’s wife apparently invited Greer’s wife to come spend the weekend with her in the weeks after Greer was ousted — indicating Charlie’s undying loyalty or outright stupidity of all things Greer.

The Michelin Man (Greer) and Pop'n Fresh (Johnson) think I'm crazy.

Continue reading “The Water Cooler: the Jim Greer wire-tap tapes and much more!”

Mark Sharpe is a Reagan Republican

Leadership is about providing what we need, not just what we want

By Chris Ingram

On Friday of last week, Josh Burgin qualified to run against Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe for the at-large seat Sharpe has held for the last six years.

Burgin, who is a nice guy whom I consider a friendly acquaintance made a calculated move based on the assumption that Sharpe is vulnerable for two reasons: 1) because Sharpe has been a strong advocate for the local option transportation improvement penny sales tax; and, 2) because Sharpe is an incumbent in a year when voters appear to be very anti-incumbent.

So now this nice fella’ Josh wants to represent us on the commission. Great! We need more young people with fresh ideas. But Burgin, who is 34 years old, isn’t ready for primetime. His life experiences include Continue reading “Mark Sharpe is a Reagan Republican”

Congress’ Distinguished Gentlemen (well, maybe not)

From coffee shops to kitchen tables, Washington D.C. is unanimously seen as the epicenter for corruption and ineffectiveness. A place that, if stupidity was a religion, would be considered Mecca. Yet, for as much as we all gripe about Washington and bestow our legislative branch with habitually low approval ratings, incumbents continue to get reelected to the point where they enjoy some of the cushiest non-unionized job security in the country.

Incumbents created the mess they now claim they will solve

By Shamus McConomy

From coffee shops to kitchen tables, Washington D.C. is unanimously seen as the epicenter for corruption and ineffectiveness.  A place that, if stupidity was a religion,  would be considered Mecca.  Yet, for as much as we all gripe about Washington and bestow our legislative branch with habitually low approval ratings, incumbents continue to get reelected to the point where they Continue reading “Congress’ Distinguished Gentlemen (well, maybe not)”

Bean Shows 6 out of 7 commissioners she’s smarter than they are.

The BOCC plans to vote on this matter at tomorrow’s meeting. Concerned taxpayers are urged to take a few minutes to call or e-mail commissioners and tell them to fire Pat Bean with cause and force Bean to prove in a court of law why she shouldn’t have been fired for cause. She’ll have a hard time proving that considering she inappropriately/unethically/potentially illegally gave herself a pay raise last year without BOCC approval and with that little e-mail snooping allegation still lingering.

Action Alert: less than 24 hours for Hillsborough voters to tell commissioners to dump Pat Bean

By Chris Ingram

Yesterday’s column focused on the mess at the Hillsborough County BOCC and the whole Pat Bean fiasco. Bean and some commissioners are looking to give Bean a golden parachute at the expense of county taxpayers.

The BOCC plans to vote on this matter at tomorrow’s meeting. Concerned taxpayers are urged to take a few minutes to call or e-mail commissioners and tell them to fire Pat Bean with cause and force Bean to prove in a court of law why she shouldn’t have been fired for cause. She’ll have a hard time proving that considering she inappropriately/unethically/potentially illegally gave herself a pay raise last year without BOCC approval and with that little e-mail snooping allegation still lingering.

Bean is entitled to little more than a stern message to not let the door hit her on her rear end on her way out. Nothing else.

You can reach the BOCC by calling: Ken Hagan: 272-5452; Rose Ferlita: 272-5470; Kevin White: 272-5720; Al Higginbothom: 272-5740; Jim Norman: 272-5725; Kevin Beckner: 272-5730. Or visit the BOCC website to send them an e-mail.

Commissioner Mark Sharpe who is the only commissioner who has shown leadership and consistency of position on this issue and would no doubt appreciate your calls of appreciation. His office number is: 272-5735. Continue reading “Bean Shows 6 out of 7 commissioners she’s smarter than they are.”

The Water Cooler: Rick Scott’s mo; Pat Bean’s gotta go; Kevin White’s got dough

Rick Scott clearly has momentum as he climbs in the polls and his millions in TV ads make Bill “but it’s my turn!” McCollum have a hissy fit. With a comparatively paltry sum of campaign dollars to counter Scott’s millions in very effective and non-traditional (he admits mistakes) TV ads, McCollum responds with typical campaign tactic of negative campaign ads. Once again, Bill McCollum has proven he’s no leader, he hasn’t learned anything in 20 years, and he’s part of the problem – not part of the solution.

What people are talking about in politics

 By Chris Ingram

Rick Scott’s Momentum

Rick Scott clearly has momentum as he climbs in the polls and his millions in TV ads make Bill “but it’s my turn!” McCollum have a hissy fit. With a comparatively paltry sum of campaign dollars to counter Scott’s millions in very effective and non-traditional (he admits mistakes) TV ads, McCollum responded with the typical campaign tactic of negative campaign ads. Once again, Bill McCollum has proven he’s no leader, he hasn’t learned anything in 20 years, and he’s part of the problem – not part of the solution.

But Rick Scott isn’t perfect either. Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Rick Scott’s mo; Pat Bean’s gotta go; Kevin White’s got dough”

Bud Chiles to run for Governor of Florida

Legacy candidate offers voters another fresh choice

Chiles will refuses contributions from Parties, PACs and Big Corporations

By Chris Ingram

Lawton “Bud” Chiles, the son of former Democrat Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles announced he will be a candidate for Florida Governor today. Chiles will run without party affiliation, will not accept PAC money, or money from political party organizations.

I had the pleasure to meet Chiles on the set of “Florida This Week” when we both appeared on that program in January. I found Chiles to be sincere, and competent, and to have a vision for Florida’s future — something Republican candidate Bill McCollum certainly lacks.

Legacy candidate offers voters another fresh choice

Chiles will refuse contributions from Political Parties, PACs and Big Corporations

By Chris Ingram

Lawton “Bud” Chiles, the son of former Democrat Florida Governor and U.S. Senator Lawton Chiles announced he will be a candidate for Florida Governor today. Chiles will run without party affiliation, will not accept PAC money, or money from political party organizations.

I had the pleasure to meet Chiles on the set of “Florida This Week” when we both appeared on that program in January. I found Chiles to be sincere, and competent, and to have a vision for Florida’s future — something Republican candidate Bill McCollum certainly lacks.

We’ll have more information about Chiles’ candidacy soon. A copy of the press release from his announcement appears below. Continue reading “Bud Chiles to run for Governor of Florida”