Once in a while the system works…
By Chris Ingram
Mike Haridopolos quit his ill-fated campaign for the U.S. Senate today. The Florida Senate president’s quest for a seat in the world’s greatest deliberative body ends today just as it started – with Mike Haridopolos being the only person who believed he has what it takes to be a U.S. senator.
Pundits will no doubt be focusing on the repudiation of Haridopolos by the tea party wing of the GOP as the most likely reason he quit. And that point certainly has some merit. Haridopolos recently fell flat in tea party straw polls, was run off a right-wing radio show, and has had anemic support within the GOP base.
But Florida’s Boy Wonder had more problems than just the base.
His support from status quo establishment types like Agriculture Commissioner Adam “hedging my bets” Putnam, and Florida CFO Jeff “’atta-boy” Atwater, and fellow state Sen. John “egg on my face” Thrasher, was never the type of enthusiastic support Marco Rubio received from his early supporters like Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC).
As Senate president, Mike “How-ridiculous” had support from lots of lobbyists and other influence peddlers in Tallahassee supporting him. But that support was a mile wide and an inch deep with many admitting off the record that their support would end the day after next year’s legislative session.
Further adding to Haridopolos’ problems was his lack of business experience, or any kind of substantial resume that people in the real world are looking for – at least in theory when searching for an ideal candidate.
When the most creative thing you have ever done in your life is effectively stealing $150,000 from taxpayers to write a book on Florida politics and when said creative thing is what Republican primary voters most often say they know about you, it’s time to quit.
Even an empty-suit like Mike Haridopolos can figure that out.
And once in a while the system works.
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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