The Water Cooler: Charlie’s new best pal Alex; the shameless judge; Grant granted a grateful grant

No, he hasn’t had a sudden sense of fairness overtake his overly tanned body, but Charlie Crist has called for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Sniter to be allowed to participate in the next televised debate. Understand, Charlie’s good will is for Charlie – Snitker in the debate means more heat on Rubio and more attention on Snitker means he potentially siphons off some of Rubio’s vote thus enhancing Crist’s prospects which according to the polls, don’t look so good right now.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot view of some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Charlie Crist chuckles and snickers for Snitker to partake in debate

No, he hasn’t had a sudden sense of fairness overtake his overly-tanned body, but Charlie Crist has called for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Sniter to be allowed to participate in the next televised debate. Understand, Charlie’s good-will is for Charlie – as Snitker in the debate means more heat on Rubio. Snitker — as the true conservtive in the race —  more than likely siphons off Rubio’s vote more than anyone else’s, thus enhancing Crist’s prospects — which according to the polls, don’t look so good right now.

Despite those polls, I’m going out on a limb and standing by my earlier prediction that Charlie Crist wins the U.S. Senate race, though I’m still planning to vote for Snitker.

Caption: Too-Tan Charlie "follow my nose -- or the polls."

Reasons Crist wins include:

  1. Rubio’s favorability numbers are not good.
  2. He’s fighting a two-front war against Meek and Crist.
  3. There are still a lot of undecideds.
  4. Democrat voters are slow to make up their minds.
  5. All the talk about “Meek can’t win” will start to sink in affecting those Democrats, who, once in the voting booth, are free to do what is necessary (vote Crist) to avoid having to stomach Senator Rubio for six years.
  6. And finally, the polls are not always right. Remember, less than a week before the Primary, Quinnipiac said Bill McCollum had a 9 point lead over Rick Scott.

He lost by three points and today, Bill McCollum is trying to figure out what he’s going to do once his last gig on the public dole ends in January.

Lots of blame, but little shame in Taj-Mahal courthouse matter

The most secretive, unaccountable and most undemocratically selected branch of our government, the judiciary, has been exposed for having allegedly broken Florida law as it relates to the “Taj-Mahal” courthouse in Tallahassee. It seems it wasn’t just then House Speaker Marco Rubio and State Senator Victor Crist (among other legislators) engaging in fiscally un-conservative stewardship of taxpayer dollars in funding the building. No, there was also an unaccountable, arrogant, regal-treatment seeking blowhard of a judge named Paul M. Hawkes who had a heavy-hand in ensuring granite countertops, African mahogany, private bathrooms, and big screen TVs made their way into the chambers of the judges.

Hopefully some disgusted citizen will file an ethics complaint with the state, and more importantly, a complaint with the Florida Bar to hold the judge accountable for the alleged illegal and certainly unnecessary spending. Judge Hawkes should be ashamed of himself. Irreverent View readers are encouraged to send a message by writing a “shame on you” letter to the judge. You can send your message to him addressed to: The Dishonorable Chief Judge Paul M. Hawkes, First District Court of Appeal, 301 S. ML King Blvd., Tallahassee, Florida 32399-1850.

In a day in which our schools are crumbling, and people can’t pay their mortgages, Judge Hawkes and his ilk don’t need to be parking their robed behinds on African mahogany benches or otherwise living their lives as kings of the bench. You’re a public servant, judge, not an entitled member of some incestuous royal family.

Irreverent View withdraws support of James Grant

In light of recent allegations that James Grant received a questionable bank loan which may have been made based on collateral from an undisclosed source in the amount of $40,000 to fund his campaign, Irreverent View is withdrawing its recommendation of Grant, and urging readers to support his opponent Michael Steinberg for State House District 47.

Caption: Kool Aid, AKA: GOP kooky juice

Here is what we know:

  1. Grant got the loan despite the fact that his net worth is -$5,780 and his earnings last year barely exceeded $20,000.
  2. He has just 8 months of employment history (working for his brother’s law firm).
  3. The president of the bank which gave the loan is a campaign contributor as well as a friend of Grant’s father – who happens to be a former member of the state legislature and who currently owns a lobbying firm – the motto of which is: “Where access is influence.”

And what we don’t know:

  1. Where did the $40,000 used as collateral to obtain the loan come from? What did Grant do to earn the right to this money, or who gave it to him? And why wasn’t this asset listed on Grant’s assets and liabilities statement submitted to the state?

    There are a lot of unanswered questions in this matter, and if Grant hasn’t done anything wrong, he should provide a detailed explanation.  Calls and e-mails from Irreverent View to Grant’s campaign and his campaign aid seeking comment were not returned over a 27 hour period.

    Jim Norman, Josh Burgin, Marco Rubio – all of these guys have talked a good game about being great conservative fiscal stewards, and yet all of them have had questionable if not downright illegal and unethical activities relating to their campaign funds and/or personal finances.

    When will voters decide they’ve had enough? We don’t need another double-talking FCINO (fiscally conservative in name only) bum in Tallahassee or Washington. Got enough of them as it is…

    Update 10/14/10: Grant called last night and took issue with the suggestion that the money he used to collateralize the$40K  loan was of a questionable source. However, Grant refused to provide the specific source of the collateral monies saying he “doesn’t have to” and citing “privacy.” Grant also acknowledged his asset/liability statement is wrong as the date of declaration of assets and liabilities is incorrect. “I made an error…we’re in the process of fixing it with an amended report,” Grant said.

    Irreverent View has offered Grant an open forum to explain his position on this matter.

    Side notes

    James Grant is scheduled to speak at “the Irreverent View lunch” next Tuesday at 11:45 a.m. at Datz deli in Tampa. His campaign says he still plans to be there.

    Irreverent View has obtained a copy of Michael Steinberg’s next political mailing questioning Grant’s fitness to serve in the legislature. Not a bad piece…click this link to view it: Steinberg Self Mailer Absentee 8×11 Strings-HQ.

    Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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    15 thoughts on “The Water Cooler: Charlie’s new best pal Alex; the shameless judge; Grant granted a grateful grant”

    1. You are a biased nutcase. Rubio will win on all your points ….

      Rubio’s favorability numbers are not good. – They are much better than the other side.

      He’s fighting a two-front war against Meek and Crist. – It’s one front, conservative v. liberal.

      There are still a lot of undecideds. – Distortion, very few.

      Democrat voters are slow to make up their minds. – Doesn’t matter, they won’t turn out.

      All the talk about “Meek can’t win” will start to sink in affecting those Democrats, who, once in the voting booth, are free to do what is necessary (vote Crist) to avoid having to stomach Senator Rubio for six years. – B.S. … Dems want to vote for a Dem, not a windblown weasel.

      And finally, the polls are not always right. Remember, less than a week before the Primary, Quinnipiac said Bill McCollum had a 9 point lead over Rick Scott. – Let’s see then!

      Cheers! Steve

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    2. It takes a real man to stand up and say he has made a mistake. This Grant case is just one more time that you are not afraid to say that you have erred. Again, as you have done time-and-time again, you tell the whole story that no media outlet in Tampa ever lets us know about. True you have no limit on space and do not have to answer to advertisers. Thank goodness. Keep flying the truth flag!

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    3. I too am voting for a “Libertarian” vs a “Republican”, but unlike yourself, my choice is on philosophical grounds between the only candidates in the race. Here in Brevard County we have a Rino FCino County Commissioner, Chuck Nelson, who has wasted hundreds of millions of tax dollars rewarding his friends with gov contracts. Unfortunately ou only newsoutlet, Florida Today, loves his liberal agenda, endorses his candidacy, and alters & distorts the platform of any opponent. An honest and moral gentleman was smeared by such distortions in the primary, and Rino Chuckie got the nomination. In November the only alternative is to vote for fical conservative Eilene Davis, who is the Libertarian candidate. She’s got a snowball’s chance in hell, but my protest vote will be on record as opposed to the Rino, Nelson. Voting for Snitker is another matter; also a with a snowball’s chance in hell, a vote for Snitker is a vote for Crist. Remember, it’s no longer the majority vote-getter, it is the plurality vote-getter who goes to DC. Your promotion of Snitker is EXACTLY what snake Crist is relying upon to get that plurality.

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    4. Chris you are right on I believe Crist will come from behind and win once the Dem’s really feel Meek has no way of winning. You bet they are going to vote for Crist in an effort to stop Rubio. My vote will go to Alex also. There is no way I am voting for a career politician who is no fiscal conserative and belives he is entitled to spend GOP funds for personal use, come on you don’t have $5.00 for Chick-Filet. This is just blatent abuse! Oh and don’t forget the hero he is in helping the judges get the Taj-Mahal built. Open your eyes people he is nothing but an opportunist using political power for his own personal gain.

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    5. What do you even know about Steinberg that makes you support him? Who is he? Have you looked into his financials? Or are you just butt hurt that Grant didn’t respond to you immediately as if you are actually some kind of important journalist? Seems to me that you are just trying to make a name for yourself all of a sudden. Grant is going to come to your luncheon even though you just threw him under the bus. That tells me he is a man of character, which is more than anyone can say for you. So tell us, why do you support Steinberg? What are his policies that would make someone with a Libertarian/Conservative view want to vote for him? Answer that or you are just a little man trying to stir the pot.

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    6. I was outside the Fox 13 studio in Tampa with Alex Snitker on Friday protesting his exclusion from the debate. All the dirt dug up and mud slinging by these guys about each other just proves to me all of them are dirty. Or if you don’t believe what they say about each other, just check out CREW’s (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) Crooked Candidates report. http://www.citizensforethics.org/crookedcandidates2010
      If your a Florida voter read up on Alex Snitker (http://www.snitker2010.com/). Despite what the media (Not just Fox but all the networks down here.) say there are more then 3 people in Florida’s U.S. Senate race, learn them all and vote for who represents your values. Don’t sacrifice your principals on a party vote just because they may have a better chance to win. Our data shows us at at least 10%. There are hundreds of supporters who have been polled who were not able to choose the real grassroots candidate in this race because most polls only list the top 3 and “other”. Much different numbers when the poll includes all the people running. If everyone who claims ‘wasted vote’ actually voted for Alex Snitker, he’d get at least 33%.

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    7. Do yourself a favor Chris. Look at when Grant became eligible to practice law, and figure that into 2009 earnings. Since he could not pratice law prior to the last few months of last year, his income would be expected to be lower for 2009 versus 2010.
      The bank president is a stand up guy, and given current FDIC scrutiny on lending, I seriously doubt that it was not on the up and up.
      This was a stretch. You can do better.

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    8. He probably earned it. He works with his family’s law practice so maybe a starting bonus or something. If anything, I would speculate it came from that, or from his family as a gift. I got some money as a graduation gift from law school and passing the bar, that’s common. Who knows?
      Either way, he would be criticized for either getting money from his family firm or from his father – because of who his father is – although in the end, it is just a father, a brother and a son building a business and individual careers.
      This is not a Burgin situation, although you seem to want it to be. Grant is smart as hell and gets the Constitution. What did you want? Blair?
      You should be recommending this guy. He is the beginning of a better Hillsborough delegation. Slam Rachel Burgin if the inexperience, youth thing gets to you. But even if Grant has only been a lawyer for a little while, I can tell you he knows his stuff. Plus, he is a bit of a Florida Cracker, and as one myself…that is refreshing (cause you get a conservative who actually gives a damn about beaches and marshes). Enough for now. Call me soon. – Paul

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    9. This Grant issue is ridiculous, The Dems are just using the Norman issue to muddy the waters. I would love to hear a debate on the issues with these 2. I haven’t heard anything from Steinberg, only his personal view about his opponent. We need fresh perspective that will move our state back on the positive economic track. You also included a link to a mailer that contains at least 2 out and out lies, (see if you can find them, your accounting is accurate) How will Steinberg explain this to the Florida Elections Commission about this. Then there has been the “litter campaign” by Steinberg. If you live here you have seen hundreds of his signs in the right of ways and public areas, clear violations of our local laws. Lets just have an election about the issues and how each one will represent us.

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    10. well that’s funny because i know of someone who has ran several times for office and everything written about him was a lie and no one seemed to care. funny how when it’s a candidate that you want to win then all the sudden the election’s commission is mentioned. i think we should call the elections commission on everyone who runs for office for saying anything out of the way about the other candidate period. wouldn’t that be a wonderful world.

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