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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.
Reasons Crist wins include:
- Rubio’s favorability numbers are not good.
- He’s fighting a two-front war against Meek and Crist.
- There are still a lot of undecideds.
- Democrat voters are slow to make up their minds.
- 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.
- 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.
Here is what we know:
- Grant got the loan despite the fact that his net worth is -$5,780 and his earnings last year barely exceeded $20,000.
- He has just 8 months of employment history (working for his brother’s law firm).
- 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:
- 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.
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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