By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published September 2, 2011
Mark Sharpe is a candidate for Congress again. If he can survive whatever challenge any other Republican seeking venomous persecution in the general election may give him in the primary, Sharpe will face Kathy Castor in a bare-knuckled brawl next November.
No doubt, Sharpe, a Hillsborough County commissioner, presents the best hope for Republicans to take this heavily Democrat-leaning district. But before Mr. Mainstream Conservative can get in the ring with Castor, he has to win a primary.
As of now, only perennial candidate Eddie “I Can’t Win” Adams and some tea-party wing-nut have announced. Adams has lost twice by more than 40 points, while the tea party candidate is completely unelectable in this district.
Freshman state Rep. Shawn Harrison has been rumored to be considering a run, but Harrison ought to stay where he is. The ink is hardly dry on his election certification papers; he lacks a significant base, is a mediocre campaigner and is too conservative for the district, never mind that he doesn’t live in the district or near its South Tampa core.
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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