Still confused, Carol Carter planning to run for local GOP chair

A couple of years ago, Carol Carter was on minute fourteen of her fifteen minutes of fame, serving as Hillsborough County’s Republican Party State Committeewoman. Then the clock started ticking on the fifteenth minute when Ms. Carter sent the following e-mail:

In desperate move for relevance, disgraced former party leader says she will run

By Chris Ingram

A couple of years ago, Carol Carter was on minute fourteen of her fifteen minutes of fame, serving as Hillsborough County’s Republican Party State Committeewoman. Then the clock started ticking on the fifteenth minute when Ms. Carter sent the following e-mail:

From: Carol Carter

Friday, January 30, 9:30 AM

Subject: FW: Amazing!

I’m confused.

How can 2,000,000 blacks get into Washington, DC in 1 day in sub zero temps when 200,000 couldn’t get out of New Orleans in 85 degree temps with four days notice?

Carol Carter

Local media got a hold of the e-mail and before Carol could repaint her lawn jockey the heat was on for her to resign, which she begrudgingly did. (See local press story here).

"I've got to go paint my lawn jockey!"

Fast forward to 2011, and Ms. Carter fancies herself as the great white hope for the local Republican Party — party insiders say Ms. Carter intends to run for county party chairman after Deborah Cox-Roush announced her resignation earlier today. Problem is, members of the Republican Executive Committee and certainly the media haven’t forgotten about Ms. Carter’s lapse in judgment.

And the last thing the national or state party wants next year with the convention in Tampa is some old lady with racial controversies in her past serving as the party’s local chair.

Give it up Carol. Enjoy your golden years. Sit around and complain about everyone else and how awfully they treated you. Denial is a sickness, and we all understand. But please, don’t put the local party through the pain your candidacy will inflict.

If you really love the GOP Ms. Carter, don’t run for Hillsborough REC chair.


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

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5 thoughts on “Still confused, Carol Carter planning to run for local GOP chair”

  1. Today’s Irreverent View about Carol Carter was some of your best writing. Concise and clever. Both the 14 of 15 minutes of fame reference and the before she could repaint her lawn jockey lines were gold! I do disagree that forwarding an e-mail joke in bad taste should disqualify one for public service or even chair of the local REC. This has been an effective tool to take down REC chairs in the past too. By that standard, if anyone overheard every joke I ever repeated I’d be publically executed. Political correctness is an insidious form of censorship. Interesting though that the slightest violation of someone’s hypersensitivity will end a career on the right while the left rarely gets challenged for such indiscretions and when they do, gains forgiveness almost immediately. I don’t know that Carol would be my first choice for REC chair either, but not because she forwarded a non p/c joke.
    Keep up the good work!


  2. As Forest Gump said, “Stupid is as stupid does.” Let’s get fresh blood and not from East side of county. Tony Buntyn!


  3. It is women like this who if elected would make the whole RPOF look terrible. I am personally sick and tired of these racist people in politics. Kudos to Chris for exposing this woman and informing the people of her past behavior.

    We should always look at people as individuals and not judge people based on race, creed or religion. Judge people based on the content of their character.


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