(Editor’s note: the mis-adventures of Squirrel Poop will continue through March 1st)
By Chris Ingram
La Gaceta chimes in on Squirrel Poop’s tactics
In a front page story, Tampa’s tri-lingual newspaper La Gaceta has chimed in on the campaign tactics of Tampa City Council district 3 candidate Michael Shifty (he’ll appear as Michael Ciftci on the ballot but is more accurately referred to here as Squirrel Poop).
La Gaceta wrote in part: “Michael Ciftci sent out the meanest press release so far this season. It was referencing the surprise entrance of Chris Hart to the race.” The column then directly quoted Squirrel Poop’s press release attacking Mr. Hart that ended with a line reading, “Our campaign will not be affected by Mr. Heart’s half-hearted late arrival…” La Gaceta concluded by saying, “Mr. Ciftci obviously is affected or he wouldn’t have sent the press release.
You can read the full article by picking up this week’s edition on newsstands.
Misleading images adorn Squirrel Poop’s campaign site
Visitors to SquirrelPoopforTampa.com will find what can at best be described as a misleading photo of “the Poop family” (see actual photo below). Said photos are misleading because there is no Mrs. Poop or Poop, Junior. Now of course Mr. Poop – Squirrel Poop that is, doesn’t actually say the woman and the cute kid in the photo are his, but it is most certainly implied by the lack of indication as to who these people are. Most of those who view the photo and don’t know Squirell Poop is not married and that this child is not his would assume that the woman is his wife and that it is his kid. Like I said, they’re not.
Of course no one has ever accused Squirrel Poop or his consultant Peter Schorsch of being of high ethical values and integrity. I mean, what’s a misleading campaign photo or two when you’ve got a record for grand theft and scheming to defraud candidates as Mr. Schorsch does?
The photo can be seen on the campaing website by clicking here.
Put the criminal record aside, just what kind of guy is Peter Schorsch?
Dirtbag certainly comes to mind. Wanna-be thug is also an appropriate description.
Last week Peter Schorsch wrote the following comments on this site: “Pray you don’t see me in an alley with no witnesses. Pray for that.” And this one: “Yes, I would definitely take a look at what has happened to any and everyone who has crossed me over the last three years. I would take a very close look.”
Loosely, these statements could be interpreted as threatening, though Schorsch (who is very familiar with the law) skirts around making a direct threat just enough to keep himself out of trouble.
That didn’t stop him last Friday night though when he called me and asked something to the effect of, “What would you do if you saw me standing outside your house with a shotgun?”
Rest assured, this little piece of feces doesn’t scare me. But he should scare you the public. Why? Because he is out there working for candidates, special interest groups, and others who affect public policy. People like Peter Schorsch and the people who would hire him are ruining our community and our political system. Because people like Peter Schorsch don’t care about what they say, what they do, how illegal, or how unethical it is – so long there is a dollar in their pocket at the end of the day.
This man has no moral compass and that makes him dangerous. Facts don’t lie. He’s got a lengthy rap sheet to prove it.
Squirrel Poop factoid
Hillsborough County property tax records indicate Squirrel Poop does not own any real estate in the county. Of course we checked the name Michael Ciftci – not Squirrel Poop – though we were tempted to check both just for fun.
Squirrel Poop’s lack of property ownership is significant because a Tampa City Councilman votes on the city’s budget and property tax rates.
Do you really want some twenty-something clown who has never paid property taxes setting yours?
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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