Christie to announce intentions Sunday

First lady of New Jersey Mary Pat Christie has heretofore poo-pooed the idea of the governor becoming a candidate for president. She and her husband have both repeatedly stated that the interests of their young children have put national ambitions on the back burner.

In reversal, source tells Irreverent View he is “less certain than ever” of governor’s intentions

By Chris Ingram

Speculation about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie entering the Republican presidential race has run rampant for weeks, but one thing more than any other suggests that the candidate has had a change of heart: his wife.

Photo: Governor Chris Christie

First lady of New Jersey Mary Pat Christie has heretofore poo-pooed the idea of the governor becoming a candidate for president. She and her husband have both repeatedly stated that the interests of their young children have put national ambitions on the back burner.

But Mrs. Christie has apparently started to reconsider. A source close to the Christies was recently quoted Continue reading “Christie to announce intentions Sunday”

Herman Cain deserves better than this

Fellow black Republican perpetuates stereotypes of blacks

By Chris Ingram

I received the following Facebook posting from Eddie Adams of Tampa earlier this morning:

“Eddie Adams Jr
New meaning for Black on Black Crime!
Herman Cain Beating Barack Hussein Obama II in 2012!!!

For those of you who don’t know him, Eddie is black. He’s also a perennial candidate for Congress, having run against Kathy Castor several times. He’s lost those races every time by overwhelming margins. Still, what Eddie lacks in a vision and a campaign people are buying into, he makes up for in dogged (some say stubborn), determination to run again.

Photo: Eddie Adams

After reading Mr. Adams’ comment, I posted the following response on Facebook: Continue reading “Herman Cain deserves better than this”

Government run amok: A $16 muffin and 110-grand for PR

Today the fleecing continues, but this time it’s the U.S. Department of Justice with its hand in the taxpayers’ cookie jar. A recent Inspector General’s report on DOJ spending found the department spent more than $120 million in a two-year period to hold meetings and conferences for its lawyers to get together and sit around and act lawyerly.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published September 26, 2011

Remember back in the 1980s when reports surfaced about the Pentagon paying $400 for toilet seats you could buy at a hardware store for 20 bucks?

Today the fleecing continues, but this time it’s the U.S. Department of Justice with its hand in the taxpayers’ cookie jar. A recent Inspector General’s report on DOJ spending found the department spent more than $120 million in a two-year period to hold meetings and conferences for its lawyers to get together and sit around and act lawyerly.

Among the many egregious findings, the report noted that DOJ paid $4,200 for 250 breakfast muffins — that’s $16 per muffin. At another conference, the department paid Continue reading “Government run amok: A $16 muffin and 110-grand for PR”

Cain’s conquest makes consultants quiver

The audience roared when Cain talked of his 9-9-9 plan for reforming the nation’s tax code, and when he fingered establishment stooge Romney for failing to give a straight answer to the question about who on the stage he would consider worthy to be selected as his vice president

Why Herman Cain won, and why you might see Rick Perry in Mickey Mouse slippers next week

By Chris Ingram

Herman Cain’s upset victory in the Republican Party of Florida’s straw poll has political watchers wondering what happened; but the explanation is rather simple.

Caption: God, please give my pollsters the wisdom they need to help me.

Before explaining the Cain factor, back up a few weeks to the Iowa straw poll where soon-to-be-former candidate Michelle Bachman won that state’s less meaningful poll. But despite Iowa’s “sold to the highest bidder” reputation, the win for Bachman was an upset the more established candidates shouldn’t have ignored. How does a wingnut, fringe candidate with little money and even less sense appeal to enough people to win?

Although flawed, Iowa’s straw poll can’t be completley discounted as irrelevant. Creating a following takes money, and money only comes when people believe in something you are saying.

Bachmann’s Iowa victory and brief moments in the limelight came because despite the fact that she’s nuttier than a pecan pie, she communicates her rhetoric in a manner that is real. In other words, she believes her nonsense. And so did enough other believers who share her views and sent her some money.

But the frontrunners didn’t believe that the believers are looking for someone who is also a believer. Translation: voters are looking for someone who calls a socialist president a socialist, not whatever euphemistic poll-tested answer Mitt Romney calls President Obama.

Mitt and Rick didn’t get the post-Iowa message and continued operating their campaigns how their D.C. handlers told them to run.

Fast forward to last Thursday night at the GOP debate in Orlando. The two establishment candidates Romney and Perry engaged in little more than platitudes about their plans for the nation, and a few barbs at the other guy (or attempted barbs as in Perry’s case) for good measure.  Meanwhile, a few podiums to the right Herman Cain was delivering honest answers to serious questions.

The audience roared when Continue reading “Cain’s conquest makes consultants quiver”

Cain claims victory in Fla. straw poll

In a surprising blow to Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain won the Republican Party of Florida’s Presidency 5 straw poll. Activisits totalling 2,657 delegates cast their votes in the balloting. The results of that straw poll are in and are as follows:

Surprise victory puts him on page 1 of Sunday papers and talk shows while Romney and Perry scratch their heads

By Chris Ingram

In a surprising blow to Rick Perry and Mitt Romney, former Godfather’s Pizza CEO Herman Cain won the Republican  Party of Florida’s Presidency 5 straw poll. Activisits totalling 2,657 delegates cast their votes in the balloting. The results of that straw poll are in and are as follows:

  1. Herman Cain, 37.1%
  2. Rick Perry, 15.4%
  3. Mitt Romney, 14.0%
  4. Rick Santorum, 10.9%
  5. Ron Paul, 10.4%
  6. Newt Gingrich, 8.4%
  7. Jon Huntsman, 2.3%
  8. Michele Bachmann, 1.5%

While many (including myself) predicted a strong 3rd or 4th place showing for Cain, few political insiders expected him to win. The victory gives Cain tremendous bragging rights — the Florida “Presidency” poll has Continue reading “Cain claims victory in Fla. straw poll”

Settlement of Ingram v. Ciftci

“During the heat of my campaign for Tampa City Council earlier this year, I misspoke when I made a statement about Chris Ingram. To be clear, Mr. Ingram never “pitched” or proposed working for me or on behalf of my campaign in any shape or form, and he never engaged in any type of “shakedown” or other illegal or unethical behavior. I wholeheartedly apologize for any misinterpretation of my statements, and I regret any damage my actions may have had on Mr. Ingram and his professional reputation. We have settled the matter and have decided to move forward.”

RE: SETTLEMENT OF INGRAM v. CIFTCI

I am pleased to report a settlement of my case against Michael Ciftci for defamation styled Christopher Ingram v. Michael Ciftci Hillsborough County Circuit Court Case No. 11-CA-001632-B.

Ciftci issued the following statement:

“During the heat of my campaign for Tampa City Council earlier this year, I misspoke when I made a statement about Chris Ingram.  To be clear, Mr. Ingram never Continue reading “Settlement of Ingram v. Ciftci”