Republican activist files complaint with RPOF and Hillsborough GOP

Please consider this a formal complaint to the HCREC and the RPOF board. I cannot believe that this is occurring 12 months before the National Republican Convention is coming to Tampa. Where is the unity in the local and state GOP?

Activist: “Why would the RPOF and REC’s sit still for this?”

By Chris Ingram

Earlier today Bay area Republican gadfly Michael Pinson — who has a long-running fued with progressive Democrat blogger Peter Schorsch — sent a complaint via e-mail, to Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush about Schorsch’s involvement with GOP politics.

Specifically, Pinson raises his concerns about Schorsch’s involvement in GOP campaigns as well as the odd support he receives from what could best be described as third-string GOP operatives.

Pinson, who has also been an outspoken critic of many Republicans for not being “conservative enough,” has his critics, but in the case of the complaint against Schorsch, he’s right on the money.

Schorsch it should be noted has frequently referred to Pinson as a feminine hygeine cleaning product on his blog, and Pinson has pending legal action against him for it.

In my opinion, people like Peter Schorsch are the problem with American politics.  

Irreverent View obtained a copy of the letter from Pinson, which is presented below unedited. It’s a good read, if not a little verbose.

Here it is:

Dear Chairwoman Deb Cox,

First, I wish to state for the record, that I support you and this complaint is no way is related to your leadership. I understand that you cannot control others and there will always be challenges in the party.

Please consider this a formal complaint to the HCREC and the RPOF board.  I cannot believe that this is occurring 12 months before the National Republican Convention is coming to Tampa.  Where is the unity in the local and state GOP?

As you clearly know, I do support you and the HCREC. I am a donor to HCREC, PCREC, RPOF and also support the Pasco REC and a wide number of campaigns. I reside in Pinellas County but by business is in Oldsmar.

One of my  concerns is that why are REC members Andrew Dorsey and Ashley Intartaglia who are also board members of the Tampa Bay Young Republicans posting in the social media how they

1) Support Progressive Democrat Peter Schorsch to receive Republican donated monies as a campaign advisor to Republican campaigns and paying such funds to his web site after Peter has blogged that his goal in life to is replace Republicans in public office with Progressives?


2) They have posted that Republicans who donate to the HCREC and campaigns who live in Pinellas County should NOT support or donate to the HC REC nor any campaigns in districts they do not live in. Under the postings of Andrew and the Young Republicans, we should not support Michelle Bachman, or donate to the campaign for Allen West, or if you do not live in the district for Gus Bilirakis then your should NOT support Gus or donate to his campaign.

I am merely a small business owner who became active in supporting the party since 2008. In 2009-2010 when I spoke out about the very clear corruption within the RPOF from the previous Chairman and his ties to certain GOP leaders in Tampa Bay, I was suddenly attacked by several of the Tampa Bay Young Republicans followed by a Progressive (Democrat) Blogger “Peter Schorsch”. Prior to me speaking out as a taxpayer and donor to the party, and prior to these massive blog attacks by Peter Schorsch, I never had even heard of Peter Schorsch. After 14+ negative blogs from this individual of massive false statements, who is now pending a legal action to be filed, many Conservative Republicans had contacted me about the massive corruption and more in the RPOF. As you know, the past Chairman under the hand direction of Governor Crist has been Indicted. It was brought to my attention in late 2010 that Democratic Peter Schorsch has been on the payroll as an alleged political consultant and the RPOF and REC’s have donated money to Republican campaigns who then have put Peter on the payroll or have purchased ad space on his web site. Peter has used donated Republican monies to fund his movement to remove true Republicans from public office and replace them with Progressives. In 2010, Peter received an award from the “left” as Florida’s “Progressive Blogger of the Year”. So why is the 2011 Tampa Bay Young Republican board members  and members of the HCREC openly supporting Peter Schorsch in the social media and slamming Conservatives?

As you know, in 2011, I opened the web site for to help support the Grass Roots Movement in the party. As a business owner and employer of 30 families, I wanted to help clean up the past mess, prevent the Tea Party from splitting the GOP and speak out to clean up the GOP. After all, we cannot clean up DC if we are unwilling to clean up our own party first.

Below are story links about Peter Schorsch and his GOP ties, and also Progressive Republican Barry Edwards who was exposed by the 2010-2011 Pinellas County REC Chairman. According to the PCREC, Edwards was actually on the payroll of the PCREC prior to 2010. As a donor, and business owner, I have to ask ‘Why” would the RPOF and REC’s sit still for this?

Why are Republicans even allowing these two guys near them with donor money or allowing them near GOP campaigns? Many of us in Tampa Bay are in utter shock about how long this has been going on in the party. It is time to say “Enough”.

Peter and Barry have the right and freedom to do what they want within the law and offer any services they want in a free market. However, Republican donors have every right to bring this matter to the attention of the Republican Party and demand accountability of donor monies concerning why such funds are being paid to people who want to end the Conservative & Constitutional Movements in the Republican Party.

Peter Schorsch of, a Progressive Blogger, Rated Top Debtor to Florida Taxpayers for Unpaid Election Law Violations & Fines

Progressive Political Consultant & Blogger Peter Schorsch Admits Witnessing Alleged Cash Bribe to Politician to Criminal Investigators

Giuliani Event Aide Barry Edwards Quits Over Sex, Theft Charges

Republican Insider Barry Edwards Exposed For Theft Conviction | Florida politics blog: The Buzz
Florida Elections Commission is owed almost $1.4 million in unpaid fines – St. Petersburg Times

Frankly, as a donor I would like the HCREC board and the RPOF board to review these ongoing comments in the Social media by Andrew Dorsey and the 2011 YR’s board members who are also REC members.

Just why in the world would HC REC members and TBYR board members support Democrat Peter Schorsch and tell HCREC and RPOF donors NOT to donate or support outside Conservative political campaigns? This has happened on three separate occasions over the past month, mainly by these two YR’s / REC members.

These comments and attacks by REC and YR’s members against donors will only cause problems and reduce revenues into the 2012 elections. Many people have taken notice of what has occurred and posted that they will no longer donate to the REC and RPOF because of what these two YR/REC individuals are saying in the Social Media. They are leading others to act in the same manner.

What ever happened to the GOP Oath by these REC and YR members? Under the Young Republican and REC Charter rules, how can they attack Republican donors and openly support a Progressive Democrat like Peter Schorsch into their fold?

I like Andrew and Ashley but what they are saying and doing is suggesting that that they are no longer supporting the Conservative Movement or even the Party. Who or what campaigns are they working for or about to work for in the GOP/RPOF or if  they may be told to post this crap in the Social Media?

I find it disturbing that REC and YR member Andrew Dorsey and others are telling donors NOT to support the HCREC or Republican campaigns, including for any Republican running for Congress in 2011 in the HCREC if you do not live in Hillsborough County. Thousands of people have read these remarks this today in the social media and they are not happy about these comments. They are launching massive attacks against people who even question their actions. I have stated that it is ok to have differences and debates, but the massive personal attacks by REC’s members makes some people look no different than Progressive Democrats acting this way. We need to teach the certain people in the REC to debate, but not name call, attack our fellow Republicans or even partner with Democrats as what is occurring.

It is time for the HCREC and RPOF to stop this nonsense and unite the party. Both boards need to take action with these individuals before this gets out of hand with many donors as there appears to be a Progressive movement inside the Republican Party of Florida.  I have received many telephone calls about this concern. Now, after what Andrew Dorsey and the 2011 TBYR Board members are saying to people who donate to the HCREC, a lot of Republican eyes have been opened who read what they have been posting in the Social Media.  

There have also been many comments leaked from inside the RPOF that certain members of the RPOF have allegedly stated that any Republican that is supporting any Tea Party organization will be quietly blackballed in the party. Need I remind the RPOF that it was the Tea Party Movement that deserves the credit for the 2010 election results? We appear to need more “House Cleaning” at this REC’s and RPOF.


1) Take immediate action with these two YR’s with at least a public reprimand for these actions
2) We need the RPOF and all Florida REC’s to unite together by agreeing on what the Republican Party even stands for. In my view, all Republicans, including those elected to public office at the city, county, state, and federal levels need to speak out for our American Core Values and stop hiding behind the bushes on key issues.

The REC’s and RPOF Leaders should mandate that all elected officials speak out in favor in public, for Equal Opportunity, Freedom, Free Markets, Limited Government, Capitalism (against Corporatism), Protect the Environment, Lower Taxes, Strong Immigration Enforcement, a balanced budget, and for the Federal Government to follow the US Constitution. We also need to require that members and leaders speak out against Liberalism and Progressive Socialism as President Reagan did. In Tampa Bay, 7 out of 10 elected Republicans have refused to speak out against Socialism and that it is they wrong path for our country. Thus their silence is endorsement for the Progressive Movement. They will not even say the words “Liberal” or “illegal immigration”. Why?

Small business owners are crashing by the day across the country as many Republicans in Congress refuse to cut Federal spending by even 2% for next year. Since 2006 the Federal Budget Deficit has soared by $161 Billion to $1.8 Trillion projected for 2012. If this is not stopped now, the Federal Government will soon fail and take all of us down with it. If all of the REC’s and RPOF do not speak out and correct these problems above, then who will?

The Republican Party needs to find more true Americans like Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Congressman Allen West, Congresswoman Michelle Bachman, Senator Marco Rubio and many others who are speaking out in public about these key issues compared to others who only speak out in small rooms of people in order to receive donor checks. It is time to clean up the GOP starting at the city, county and state levels.

Like many other taxpayers, I have gotten involved to support the party. I have donated thousands of dollars over the past three years, and I am seeing a Progressive Movement inside the Republican party as city, county and state elected Republicans claim it is not their job to speak out about these issues, even though these problems in DC have crashed our local economy.

Elected Republicans need to speak out at the local level and ask why there are illegal foreign residents in our public housing while we have US Veterans homeless on our streets in Florida today. Tampa’s city , county and state elected Republicans have refused to speak out about these problems as they remain in hiding.  There is nothing that prevents illegal residents from registering a business at as a legal business, then file as minority owned business (C Corporation) to receive government contracts for services and products in Florida. Once again, I have brought this up and members of the REC and 2011 board members of the Tampa Bay Young Republicans have shown that they are against speaking about such key issues. Why? These are just a few of the problems. My point is the more that small business owners speak out about these concerns, the more attacks from members of REC or YR’s occur.

Also, we need to teach the Young Republicans that the Republican Party is NOT divided by city, county or state. That is how Progressives think. Tampa Bay is one community, as our Free American Republic is one nation. What happens in Tampa directly effects all five counties in central Florida.

We also need speak out and condemn anyone who is not condemning racism that is even near the Republican Party. We should be condemning anyone who divides our Free American Republic by race, sex, religion or income class. These activities by the Democrats and even Progressives in the GOP is wrong for our country. We need more of our local and state Republicans to speak out in favor of Freedom and Equal Opportunity for everyone who resides in our country legally.

So part of the solution is to have all of the REC’s and RPOF agree to speak out about these American Core Values and against Progressive Socialism that is expanding in our schools, colleges and government across the country. We can all have different ideas and solutions, but the Republican Party will not survive if the leadership and elected Republicans refuse to unite concerning our American Core Values and “Publically” condemning Progressive Socialism. If the RPOF fails to unite the REC’s, College Republicans and all Young Republicans to adopt these values, then I fear that the 2012 elections will be far more challenging than the RPOF and RNC may think.

If the REC’s and RPOF cannot unit and agree on these actions, then small business owners like myself might as well save our money and protect our family more to get ready for the government crash. We do not have to donate to the party if the party is going to shift to the left as well in order to please the Progressives.  Also, unlike others, I will not put any political organization ahead of my family, my business, our employees or country. It is time for everyone to take a very public stand against the above problems and stand up against the Progressives in both political parties.

I have copied this letter to the members of the RPOF so that we can have all leaders push for these actions and get our party more united with the rest of Florida taxpayers. Thank you for your help and time. Hang in there and I hope this letter opens the debate about how the RPOF intends to unite Florida for the 2012 National Convention.

J. Michael Pinson


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

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10 thoughts on “Republican activist files complaint with RPOF and Hillsborough GOP”

  1. The same could and should be said about [name deleted] – another blogger who attacks Republicans in primaries for pay.


  2. I don’t know who is now of a narcissist Pinson or Obama? Pinson, as usual, never fails to tell us he gave money to this and they organization. I will bet my bottom dollar that Pinson, was referring to me as well in this complaint. The fact of the matter, he is a laughing joke to republican clubs in the Tampa bay area. I find Pinson, to be a destable hypocrite, who threatens to file suit against anyone for exercising their 1st amendment rights against him but he is so Mr. Constitution. Andrew & Ashley, are very good, decent people, who do have a right to voice their opinions just as Pinson does, but they do not try to silence those who differ from their points of view.


  3. No pinson is not the problem, the problem is the Republican party has been overtaken by too many progressive moderate liberals wh would rather sing Kum Bah Yah and follow the Democrats away from the principles that made his country great!


  4. Sounds to me like Mr. Pinson is getting the same bashing and trashing from the Progressive Democrats as most Conservative Republicans that stand loyal to the principles of the GOP. Mr. Pinson should be awarded a medal for telling the truth and exposing these Progressives. We don’t want Progressives corrupting our party any longer. Enough!


  5. Wow, here we have another Pinson rant. True to form, it has grammatical errors and is as self-serving as it is long. I guess Pinson made it on this blog because of Ingram’s longstanding disdain of Schorsch. Peter calling Pinson a douche bag is nicer than what most people privately call Pinson. I am a fan of Ingram, but I hope he isn’t getting too high and mighty, since on this very website he called Ciftci, “squirrel poop.” While name calling isn’t all that mature, (even though I engage in it from time-to-time), it shouldn’t be something we engage attorneys in. I am a reader of Ingram’s and Schorsch’s blogs. Pinson has a point (yes, it hurt me to say that) when he brought up Republicans hiring Schorsch to help with their campaigns. But when Pinson decided to use his bully pulpit, aka, campaign contributions, to intimidate REC & RPOF leaders, that just put him in the same boat as those he hates on the progressive side of the house. Personally, I believe that if you don’t like a candidate, don’t donate to that candidate and possibly, donate to their opposition. You don’t have to complain like an distraught school boy that somebody said or did something you didn’t like. Just be an adult. It absolutely amazes me how much time Pinson spends on ranting and raving on all things politics. In his eyes, if you don’t agree with him, you are a Progressive, Socialist, Atheist that is trying to DESTROY AMERICA!

    In the three years I’ve seen Pinson around, all I have noticed was a guy that is so obsessed with himself and his image that he will do almost anything to increase that very image. If somebody even slightly disagrees with him on one of his many facebook or blog posts, he will recruit others to support his posts and attack those with dissenting opinions. While I am not a psychologist and this is only my layperson opinion and I could be completely wrong, in my humble opinion, Pinson appears to suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder.

    Now let’s move on to other subject of Pinson’s rage…Andrew Dorsey and Ashley Intartaglia. Andrew is a pretty good guy. I don’t have much to say about him except that I know he cares about Republican and conservative issues and he’s been politically involved at the grass roots level at least as long as Pinson has. Ashley is more than just a good person. She is phenomenal! I have worked with her with the USF College Republicans, Tampa Bay Young Republicans, Hillsborough County Republican Executive Committee and on at least one campaign she was involved with. She is the future of the Republican Party. She is bright, amiable, and full of energy. She also adheres to conservative and Republican principles. For Pinson to attack Ashley, that really just pisses me off. In her honor, I will be renewing my long expired membership in the TBYR. It is my understanding, after the next election Ashley will succeed Dorsey and become the new Chairperson.


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