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.
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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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