In 11th congressional, will GOP voters see forest for the trees?

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.

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.

If Republicans and tea party patriots really want to win, they ought to  (click here to read the full column in the 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 atChris@IrreverentView.com.

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3 thoughts on “In 11th congressional, will GOP voters see forest for the trees?”

  1. Good article Chris. It is hard to believe that the last election cycle the “RINO-hunters” backed an unqualified individual against Sharpe, for the sake of a public transporation issue (which even under the pea-party’s grand design is arguably the job of local government and the state). Sharpe is a thinker, which is exactly what is needed in these times. Extremely well read and a student of history, Sharpe is able to put thing into context and perspective the way many of our good-old-boy candidates cannot do (in part due to their abysmal education credentials).
    I do hope that the party backs Sharpe better than they have other candidates in the race, and much better than they backed himthis last election. Shawn Harrison should stay put, I totally agree (BTW it appears that at least two of our Freshman House Reps are eyeing other races – Norman’s Senate seat being eyed by another). And it makes you wonder what the motive of an individual is when they want to jump from seat to seat so quickly.

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  2. Yeah! That dastardly “Tea Party” just upsetting the status quo.Not to mention trying to create dissension at the Country Club between the Repubs and Demos. Repubs gave Kathy her safe seat so they could keep their safe seat majority. Bill Young,in Pinellas, Mr. Pork Barrel himself ballooned the Debt just as much as Kathy,maybe even more.
    Constitutional Conservatives are always “extremist” or “ideological” ,but Socialist Progressives of Both Parties are the “mainstream” and reasonable people. BS.

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