Fla. GOP Chairman diagnosed with ALS

By Chris Ingram

Florida Republican Party Chairman Dave Bitner has confirmed to Irreverent View that he has been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord.

Photo: Dave Bitner and wife Wendy.

Bitner was elected chairman by Republicans earlier this year and has vowed to continue to serve.

“I intend to give it all I’ve got. However long God gives me to continue, I will serve. The Party is going to get my best,” Bitner told Irreverent View. He added,  Continue reading “Fla. GOP Chairman diagnosed with ALS”

Why Kathy Castor is running scared

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks
I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said “Have you seen this?” The letter is pasted below with my comments back to here in red. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Bad ideas and scare tactics are this Democrats hallmarks

I received the following e-mail from Kathy Castor’s campaign today. The subject line was great, it said, “Have you seen this?”  The letter is pasted below with my comments back to her in blue. I think we might have struck a cord with Mrs. Castor…

Chris Ingram

 

Dear Friend:

Did you see the recent Tampa Tribune op ed where a local Republican political consultant highlighted two politicians who intend to run against me?  (Why yes, Kathy, I did. In fact, I wrote it!) “With the scent of the tea party’s brew in the air, at least two ‘A’-team candidates smell a political opportunity … in hope of facing U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor next year,” the consultant wrote.

I understand that I will be a target.  I am outspoken and not afraid to stand up to the special interests that have so much influence in Washington, D.C. (Really? When was the last time you spoke up to a labor union boss, the Department of Education, or George Soros?) Continue reading “Why Kathy Castor is running scared”

Florida [still] needs Grady Judd for U.S. Senate

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd (R) is known to residents of Florida’s I-4 corridor as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer who knows how to identify a problem, take aim at it, and put the bad guys in jail. He’s a lot like Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio minus the overdose of Viagra.

Judd is Florida’s version of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio — minus the overdose of Viagra

(This column was originally posted on December 21 of last year. Four months later, the message still applies. When will a serious candidate emerge in the Fla. U.S. Senate race? We’ve got to demand better than the current crop of candidates or we’re doomed with 6 more years of Bill Nelson. Candidate updates in red.)

By Chris Ingram

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd (R) is known to residents of Florida’s I-4 corridor as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer who knows how to identify a problem, take aim at it, and put the bad guys in jail.  He’s a lot like Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio minus the overdose of Viagra.

Photo: Sheriff Grady Judd

Judd’s performance in office in just the last few months includes going after pedophiles, pimps and prostitutes, fake pot, pain clinics, and purse snatchers.

The man knows how to Continue reading “Florida [still] needs Grady Judd for U.S. Senate”

Kathy Castor, meet the ‘A’ Team

That Castor, a Tampa Democrat, appears vulnerable hasn’t gone unnoticed by Castor, who appears concerned, as evident by her early hosting of big-dollar fundraisers with supporters. She’s also working to gin up her liberal base, as demonstrated a few weeks ago when she began engaging in the traditional Democratic campaign tactic of “Mediscare” (that is, scaring seniors into thinking Republicans want to take away Medicare benefits)

BY CHRIS INGRAM

Special Correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published April 26, 2011

With the scent of the tea party’s brew in the air, at least two “A”-team candidates smell political opportunity and look like they will square off against each other in hope of facing U.S. Rep. Kathy Castor next year.

Driving them is the slow erosion of Castor’s ballot numbers, frustration with Washington and the size of government, Castor’s lifeless constituent service and hopes for a more Republican makeup of the district following reapportionment.  Continue reading “Kathy Castor, meet the ‘A’ Team”

The Water Cooler: Fla. U.S. Senate field additions? And, the biggest sham in America.

The other day someone asked me, “so who would you rather see?” My snarky side wanted to respond “Mickey Mouse” as a better alternative than what we’ve currently got to consider. After thinking about it for a little while, here are my serious thoughts:

The Water Cooler is a snapshot look at some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

The Florida U.S. Senate race continues to look like another Bill Nelson victory forthcoming in November 2012. The current crop of candidates, which includes Senate President Mike Haridopolos and former State Rep. Adam Hasner remains rather unaccomplished and uninspiring.

Photo: Why is Ander Crenshaw smiling? Who is Ander Crenshaw?

 

The other day someone asked me, “so who would you rather see?” My snarky side wanted to respond “Mickey Mouse” as a better alternative than what we’ve currently got to consider. After thinking about it for a little while, here are my serious thoughts: Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Fla. U.S. Senate field additions? And, the biggest sham in America.”