Sheriff Gee for U.S. Senate

Humility. Statesmanship. Maturity. A vision for the future. Those are attributes of leadership that so many in Washington lack. These are the characteristics possessed by Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.

By Chris Ingram

Special Correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published May 7, 2011

Only half joking, I’ve been suggesting Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd should run for the U.S. Senate. I remain convinced the current group of candidates lack the qualifications, communication skills or ideas to make an ounce of difference in the “greatest deliberative body.” Judd would stir things up.

Despite my public pleas for Judd to enter the race, he hasn’t made any noticeable effort to run. He apparently likes being sheriff; it has been a good gig for him. Do a YouTube search on the sheriff and more than 100 videos pop up. The guy likes attention. In fact, it has been said the most dangerous place in Polk County is the space between Grady Judd and a TV camera.

Since Judd doesn’t have much interest in going from I-4 media star to the basement of the U.S. Senate, we might as well look at some other sheriffs.

Click the following link to read the full column Sheriff Gee for U.S. Senate in the Tampa Tribune.

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:

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12 thoughts on “Sheriff Gee for U.S. Senate”

  1. At first, I thought yet another tongue-in-cheek effort by the wordsmith. However, after giving it more careful thought Sheriff Gee would be an interesting candidate. He’s everything your column says. Smart, quiet and unassuming. What impresses me about Gee, unlike Sheriff Judd, he let’s others get in front of the cameras in most cases. He’s unassuming and having heard him speak on several occasions reminds a litte of the best sheriff of all time none other.. drum roll please….Andy Griffith. I think Hillsborough GOP followers should start calling, writing, twittering, or whatever to Sheriff Gee that he’s what the GOP needs in a Senator for the Great State of Florida. Bumper sticker fun…”Ask Gee to Run for Senate. Call 1-800-ASK-GEEE.”


  2. Dont forget he has an instant network of Sheriff “friends” as well as others in the LEO community around the state.


  3. You will be sorry…they guy is never around when the going gets tough…go to you tube..when the pooh hits the fan he hides under his desk and sends out the minions…


  4. To annoymous, who states Sheriff Gee “hides under his desk” when the going gets tough. I remember an incident in the parking lof of a conveince store where. when harrassed by a thug, Sheriff Gee took him (thug) to the ground with the greatest of ease and with the greatest of calmness.


  5. The annoymous comment for May 20th 2011 at 9:22 pm was from me, Beverly Zebrowski, forgot to leave my name.


  6. I do enjoy the way you have presented this specific situation and it really does provide us some fodder for consideration. Nevertheless, because of everything that I have seen, I really trust as the actual responses stack on that men and women stay on point and in no way embark upon a soap box regarding the news of the day. Yet, thank you for this superb piece and while I do not agree with the idea in totality, I value the standpoint.


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