The Water Cooler: Marco’s mail; Castor’s propaganda; Tampa set to party

This was rather unusual coming from a guy who is a United States Senator whose mom was a maid and dad was a bartender. The statement hardly seems to be the “Marco Rubio” story and certainly slaps in the face of most Republican rhetoric about hard-work and determination being the primary factors that influence success in America.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot of some of the things people are talking about

By Chris Ingram

Marco’s PAC Mailing

Yesterday I received a solicitation in the mail from Marco Rubio’s new political action committee.

The piece included a letter from Marco that read, “For too long leaders in both parties have gotten away with [spending money we don’t have]. Washington Republicans have acted like Democrats…and literally passed the buck to future generations.”

Rubio should be applauded for this frank assessment, though he could have gone a little further by naming some of those Republicans – though it would have made the mailing about 40 pages long if he had.

Also included in the mailing was a reply card with the following in big bold letters: Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Marco’s mail; Castor’s propaganda; Tampa set to party”

The place to be this Saturday night as Tampa celebrates RNC Convention countdown

Tampa Republicans, business leaders, community activists and party faithful along with honored guests including Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner, elected officials and invited presidential hopefuls will celebrate the 1 year countdown to the Republican National Convention this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Tampa Club, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida.

Celebrate the 1 Year Countdown at the Tampa Club this Sat. night at 7:00 p.m.

Tampa Republicans, business leaders, community activists and party faithful along with honored guests including Republican Party of Florida Chairman Dave Bitner, elected officials and invited presidential hopefuls will celebrate the 1 year countdown to the Republican National Convention this Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. at the Tampa Club, 41st Floor of the Bank of America Building, 101 East Kennedy Blvd., Tampa, Florida.

Tickets are $125.00 per person, however, readers of Irreverent View are eligible for a Continue reading “The place to be this Saturday night as Tampa celebrates RNC Convention countdown”

Insight from a ‘prohibited’ consultant

Obviously, when your friendly credit union throws you into a group like strip-club operators, your profession has an image problem. But rather than defend the honor of the lowly political consultant, as a public service I have developed a list of five things you need to know about our government and politics.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, the Tampa Tribune

Published August 15, 2011

Last week I went to my credit union to move my business banking account from my commercial bank. I spent about 20 minutes with a teller as she processed my new account. Suddenly, she excused herself to her manager’s office only to return 15 minutes later to say my classification as a political consultant was on their list of “prohibited” accounts.

The nice lady then attempted to make me feel better by explaining, “It’s not just political consultants; other businesses like strip clubs are prohibited also.”

Normally I’m the type of guy who would demand to Continue reading “Insight from a ‘prohibited’ consultant”

Kathy Castor’s nightmare come true or end-of-summer prank?

So come on out to Buddy Brew Coffee located at 2020 West Kennedy Blvd. at 11:30 today. I think Mark Sharpe will be announcing his candidacy. Of course, I could be wrong and you can have fun poking at the egg on my face.

Mark Sharpe set to make major announcement today

By Chris Ingram

Back in April I first broke the news that Mark Sharpe was giving serious consideration to running for Congress against incumbent liberal Democrat Kathy Castor who represents parts of Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee counties.

Since that time Sharpe has held his intentions close to the vest. As late as Friday, Sharpe appeared to be on the proverbial fence. Tampa Tribune reporter William March called me on Friday inquiring about what I knew about Sharpe’s intentions. I told March I wasn’t sure myself, but my instincts told me Sharpe was 90 percent likely to run.

I’m upping that to Continue reading “Kathy Castor’s nightmare come true or end-of-summer prank?”

Sam Rashid for U.S. Senate

Sam Rashid, known for being a behind the scenes political puppet master in Hillsborough County and an occasional target of my irreverent views has an excellent column in today’s Tampa Tribune about the budget fight, spending and taxes.

Tampa’s political kingmaker calls it like he sees it — and he’s right this time

By Chris Ingram

Sam Rashid, known for being a behind the scenes political puppet master in Hillsborough County and an occasional target of my irreverent views has an excellent column in today’s Tampa Tribune about the budget fight, spending and taxes.

Rashid’s column is refreshing in that it takes responsibility for the mess, instead of blame; and recognizes the shared sacrifice all Americans will have to accept to get out of the hole we’re in (including cuts to entitlements and yes, raising taxes).

The debt-limit “deal” expected to be signed by President Obama this week is just that — another “deal.” It’s based on projections and expectations that the next Congress will act responsibly — don’t count on it.

Deals are what got us into the current mess we’re in. What we need is Continue reading “Sam Rashid for U.S. Senate”