By Chris Ingram
As frequent readers of this column know, there is no love lost between me and Michael Ciftci — a candidate for Tampa City Council. Ciftci you will recall disparaged my reputation when he made defamatory remarks about me in the media.
I then allowed my emotions to take over and subsequently wrote several columns referring to Mr. Ciftci as “squirrel poop.” I made up this term because it seemed fitting but less offensive than what I really wanted to call him.
In any event, several people whose opinion I value have suggested this was beneath me and the content of Irreverent View which is known for challenging the status quo at all levels of government, but which does not typically write about city council candidates.
They are right. For that I apologize to my readers for subjecting them to the juvenile nature of those columns.
I have filed a lawsuit against Mr. Ciftci for defamation and look forward to my day in court. Tomorrow I believe voters in Tampa will conclude Michael Ciftci is not fit to serve in public office.
And Irreverent View will continue being irreverent, but we will forever retire references to Mr. Ciftci’s new-found nickname.
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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