Fla. GOP Chair candidate’s DUI

For the Florida Republican Party, Cox-Roush’s demise doesn’t mean much. She was the lead candidate in a field of second-string Junior Varsity players. Apparently there isn’t a Republican in the state of Florida worth his or her salt who is willing to step up to the plate and help get the party out of the hole it is in.

Mugshot makes Nick Nolte’s look like a prom queen

By Chris Ingram

In what could be the final nail in the coffin of her race for chair of the Republican Party of Florida, it was disclosed yesterday that Hillsborough County Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush was arrested for DUI in 2004. According to the St. Petersblog (which appears to have broken the story ahead of the mainstream media which is playing catch up today — along with Irreverent View) Cox-Roush blew a .16 — twice the legal limit according to Florida law. That’s more than just a beer or two.

Deborah Cox-Roush mugshot (photo courtesy Hillsborough County Sheriff)

While drinking and driving is certainly wrong and inappropriate — it shows poor judgment and a reckless disregard for the life of your fellow citizens — it’s almost so common-place you have to wonder if her DUI will be the fatal blow to Cox-Roush’s ladder-climbing. I’ve never had a DUI, but I know lots of people who have — including the pastor at my church and former President George W. Bush.

What is more likely to undo Cox-Roush is the fact that the DUI is just another example of her poor judgment. Take for example the fact that as chairwoman of the Hillsborough GOP, her company has received nearly $100,000 Continue reading “Fla. GOP Chair candidate’s DUI”

McDowell letter to PROF committee members

As Republicans, we feel compelled to write you and frankly express our view of the race to elect a new Chair for our beloved Party. We are not paid politicos – we’re just regular rank & file Republicans. Politics is not a career for us, and we can speak candidly. We only know one of the candidates running for the position of RPOF Chair, Deborah Cox-Roush, so we could not comment on any of the other candidates. Regrettably it is our opinion that Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush is not “committed” for all the right reasons.

Florida GOP candidate spills the beans on front-runner candidate

Subject: Party over Profit
FM: “Pat McDowell” <redacted>
TO: RPOF State Committee Members
Date: Monday, December 20, 2010, 8:19PM

Dear State Republican Leader,

As Republicans, we feel compelled to write you and frankly express our view of the race to elect a new Chair for our beloved Party.  We are not paid politicos – we’re just regular rank & file Republicans.  Politics is not a career for us, and we can speak candidly.  We only know one of the candidates running for the position of RPOF Chair, Deborah Cox-Roush, so we could not comment on any of the other candidates. Regrettably it is our opinion that Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush is not “committed” for all the right reasons. Continue reading “McDowell letter to PROF committee members”

Breaking news: Rivera under investigation — who is next?

The Miami Herald reports today that Congressman-elect David Rivera (R – Miami) is being investigated over $500,000 in questionable payments from a Dade County dog track to his mother.

What might gambling, mommas, and questionable ethics have in common? David Rivera and one senator-elect

By Chris Ingram

The Miami Herald reports today that Congressman-elect David Rivera (R – Miami) is being investigated over $500,000 in questionable payments from a Dade County dog track to his mother.

Rivera, who has questionable ethics, lacks integrity, and is an overall dirtbag who has proven himself a boldfaced liar in the past, of course denies any wrongdoing.

Yeah, sure. I imagine the dog track figured hiring some 70 year old lady who probably speaks ten words of English to be the track’s lobbyist was because she’s the best gal in the state for the job. And the fact that her little junior was a senior member of the Florida legislature and best pals with the Speaker of the House had nothing to do with it. That’s how Rivera’s story-line goes –more or less.

Caption: Rivera (right) with his former roommate and business partner.

According to the Herald report, the track’s attorney says Rivera approached the the track about the job and insisted the contract go through Rivera’s dear old mom’s company — not directly through him. Hmmm. I wonder why…

More than likely there is one certain U.S. Senator-elect who along with Rivera, is sweating this story out today. You know, the guy from Continue reading “Breaking news: Rivera under investigation — who is next?”

What? Straz Center wants you to ride the train…

The Straz Center (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) e-mailed me a link to take a survey about the proposed high speed rail boondoggle between Tampa and Orlando earlier today.

Our kids owe $14Trillion, but we want a train

By Chris Ingram

The Straz Center (formerly the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center) e-mailed me a link to take a survey about the proposed high speed rail boondoggle between Tampa and Orlando earlier today.

I’m not sure why the Straz Center is sticking its head into the messy debate about high speed rail, but doing so is certain to annoy many of its patrons and perhaps jeopardize its tax status for Continue reading “What? Straz Center wants you to ride the train…”

Red light cameras deny due process

This is the latest example of political elitists that believe they know better than the common man. They have forgotten that they work for us.

 

Florida allows local governments to stomp on citizens’ rights

By Alex Snitker

The Clearwater City Council approved the installation of red light cameras by a vote of three to two last week.  The three council members who voted in favor of the Orwellian surveillance system seemed to be unimpressed with the overwhelming public outcry against them, and the evidence their constituents gave regarding their ineffectiveness and risk. Nor were they impressed with the civil liberties arguments the citizens in attendance presented.

Caption: Red light cameras deny due process.

This is the latest example of political elitists that believe they know better than the common man.  They have forgotten that they work for us. Continue reading “Red light cameras deny due process”

Obamalism stoops to new low; Castor is mum

As a constituent of yours and a small stockholder of Odyssey, I call on you to call for congressional hearings to get the facts of this issue, and to defend the interests of O.M.E.

(copy of letter to Rep. Kathy Castor)

December 11, 2010

Representative Kathy Castor
US House of Representatives
317 Cannon HOB
Washington DC 20515

Dear Rep. Castor:

I am extremely disturbed by what I read in this week’s St. Petersburg Times (click to read) and on ABC Action News (click to view) that the United States government is compromising and bartering with the interests of Odyssey Marine Exploration with the nation of Spain over a piece of artwork that is completely unrelated to Odyssey. Continue reading “Obamalism stoops to new low; Castor is mum”