Sen. Latvala is nobody’s lackey

In a body full of undistinguished do-nothings, that’s not really saying much, but Latvala is genuinely a good guy who is smart, capable, independent and well-intentioned.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published June 14, 2011

State Sen. Jack Latvala is one of my favorite members of the Florida legislature. In a body full of undistinguished do-nothings, that’s not really saying much, but Latvala is genuinely a good guy who is smart, capable, independent and well-intentioned.

I haven’t always sung the praises of Latvala. In fact, over coffee last week, he reminded me my Irreverent View column’s endorsement of his opponent last year was the only one he didn’t get.

I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong about him. At the time I thought he was just another career politician climbing the ladder.

During this year’s legislative session Latvala and a few other senators served as something of a speed bump to the heavy-handed tactics of

Senate President (and current U.S. Senate candidate) Mike Haridipolos’ agenda. Those tactics, it seems, were driven by candidate Haridopolos’ ambition, over leader Haridopolos’ concerns for the state of Florida.

The few senators who stood up to their leader from time-to-time gave some semblance of balance, reason and common sense to a chamber that otherwise seemed made up of androids afraid of their own shadow.

Read the rest of the column as published in the Tampa Tribune by clicking here.

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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5 thoughts on “Sen. Latvala is nobody’s lackey”

  1. The E-Verify Bill argument by Sen. Latvala is a straw dog, that either you have home business owners registering themselves or nothing. Also somehow the “Tea Party Extremists” were for this or against “moderate” Republicans.
    The E-Verify bill was sabotaged by Republican Senators Hardopolus, Alexander, Flores, and by sit on your rear Republican senators like
    Latvala who were just “pawns” in the process.
    Moderate Republicans are the problem with their Pork Projects and Favors, business as usual attitude.
    Georgia and Alabama passed strong E Verify laws while RINO FL. Senators dithered. Where do these Illegals from GA. & AL. now migrate? FloriDUH ? Thanks for nothing, RINO’s !


  2. I know Jack Latvala very well. I happen to be one of his biggest fans.
    What Jack has is integrity, he does not put up with BS, and is wicked smart.
    His rough style can be misleading, he has a heart as big as Texas.


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