Those who know Michael Ciftci (aka: Squirrel Poop) the best, support him the least
By Chris Ingram
Michael Ciftci (aka: Squirrel Poop), the twenty-something done-nothing candidate for Tampa City Council district 3 recently boasted on his website “Our message is resonating, and we have achieved an inspiring start.”
Given Squirrel Poop’s proclivity to lie and stretch the truth, I thought I’d look into that claim by reviewing his campaign finance report.
As I guessed, Squirrel Poop has been a very misleading little boy. Because you see, the devil is in the details, and those details show the message isn’t actually resonating at all.
There are 42 contributions listed on Squirrel Poop’s report totalling $13,025.
Two of those are from Squirrel Poop himself. Not counting his own, that leaves 40 contributions.
Of those 40 contributions 30 of them (75 percent of the total) are not from the City of Tampa where Squirrel Poop is running for office.
Fourteen contributions (or 35 percent of the total) are from PACs/Lobbyists/Lawyers/Politicians and Consultants.
Four (or 10 percent) of his contributions are from Turkish interests – you know, like the country Turkey. I guess the Turks have a new-found interest in Tampa because of Squirrel Poop.
He received a whopping 10 contributions from contributors from the City of Tampa (remember, this is where he is running. His home. Where people know him the best). Of those, four are from the guy whose bags he used to carry (developer Don Phillips), and one is from Don’s wife.
So if you do the math, of Squirrel Poop’s ten Tampa contributions, six came from just two people leaving total actual contributors of just seven people or business entities from the city he would represent – God help us.
To give you a better idea of how Squirrel Poop’s message is not in fact “resonating,” there are 343,890 (according to 2009 Census bureau reports). When you do the math, it shows that 343,884 residents of Tampa did not give Squirrel Poop a campaign contribution. If you think that is a “resonating” message, I’ve got some acorns to feed you because you’re buying what Ciftci is dropping: Squirrel Poop.
Let’s just leave it at that.
On second thought, let’s not. I’ll provide further examples of what a joke of candidate Michael Ciftci is over the course of the next few weeks. In the meantime, if you see him out “resonating” on the campaign trail, be sure to say, “Howdy Squirrel Poop!” and toss him some acorns.
Just remember, unlike a squirrel, squirrel poop isn’t all that cute.
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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