Gov. Scott still fishing with wrong equipment

I recently went fishing for black drum with a couple of buddies who are retired firefighters. I point out that my buddies Tommy and Ronnie were firefighters, because you would assume that as such, they would be fully prepared for the day’s adventures.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, the Tampa Tribune

Published July 12, 2011

I recently went fishing for black drum with a couple of buddies who are retired firefighters. I point out that my buddies Tommy and Ronnie were firefighters, because you would assume that as such, they would be fully prepared for the day’s adventures.

We went out on a boat with plans to anchor in between the pilings of the Courtney Campbell Bridge. When we arrived, Ronnie, the “captain,” realized we didn’t have an anchor, or even a dock line — both of which we later learned had been removed by his son-in-law. I started to wonder if he’d ever driven a firetruck to an inferno before realizing the hoses were back at the station.

After two hours of fishing with nothing to show for it but a near-empty bait bucket, our fearless captain got the idea that one of us should hold on to a piling to keep the boat from drifting and thus allow for a better feel of the black drum sucking on our bait.

This turned out to be a good idea, as within minutes of baiting the last blue crab, Ronnie hooked a 50-pounder — which he kindly let me reel in.

The day ended with smiles, ribbing our “captain” about his lack of equipment-checking skills, and thoughts of what could have been had we had all the proper tools — namely an anchor.

Our fishing adventure reminded me a lot of Gov. Rick Scott’s first six months in office.

Scott, like my pal Ronnie, is knowledgeable, experienced and determined to do what he was elected to do.

Click here to read the full column in today’s 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

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5 thoughts on “Gov. Scott still fishing with wrong equipment”

  1. Rick Scott certainly needs to improve his messaging but he is still better than the alternative. He is in a tough situation with the economy the way it is and is making tough choices. Go rick!


  2. Chris, you contradicted yourself early on by saying Gov. Strangelove is knowledgeable and experienced, then using the rest of your column to explain why he is neither. You also said he is determined, which he is, for better or worse.

    Gov. Strangelove is a warning to voters not to sell an office to the next person who tries to buy it out of his/her pocket. He is the Seventy-Million-Dollar man, running amok trying to wreak havoc. The only sin of Alex Sink, a former banking executive experienced in the process of governing, is that she is an Obama Socialist. At least the Seventy-Million-Dollar bought enough negative advertising to get a tiny majority (or plurality; I forget which) to believe she is that.

    That is Florida’s loss.


  3. And sooo Rod Brooker would prefer that Alex Sink, an Obama Socialist, won? And she’s also an “experienced government socialist”, just what Florida needs, NOT!


  4. The very last freedom we will lose, before the ax falls, is freedom of the press –
    your pride must take a back seat now – stay clear of Scott for the safety of your
    family. Friend or foe, he’ll sell you out. Better yet, leave America while you still can.
    I’m a patriot disident. I know I’m one of the first ones they’ll get rid of, but I’ve always
    been under the protection of Mary. What will be will be.
    Those who are able can make certain decisions. The rest of us are limited. Whatever
    your situation, as Lindsey Williams has said repeatedly, get your spiritual house in
    order. He’s not talking thru his hat. I died in 1970, but it wasn’t my time. God had other plans for my life. My destiny was made before I was, so I’ll continue to try and help who
    I can. If you want the future maps of the US and the world our Navy is using, and the info
    about the New Madrid Fault I’ll send it to you. I’m just finishing up a large segment on the concentration camps. If you would like a list of their locations or any other information,
    I’ll be glad to forward it. Stop being prideful. Start practicing humility and piety.
    God bless you and your family. They deserve the best from you.


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