New candidate emerges in election to replace Cox-Roush tomorrow night
By Chris Ingram
This is inside baseball no doubt, but finally, it seems as though someone of merit has stepped up to the plate to run for Hillsborough County Republican Execuctive Commitee chair. His name is Chris Shalosky, and he is president of the Fishhawk GOP club. (See e-mail of support from Kelly Clem for more details on his background).
I am told by a reputable source in the county GOP organization that Carol Carter said she would not run if someone else with credibility (and someone other than Art Wood — who is running) got into the race. So here is Carol’s chance to bow out, save face, and avoid embarrassing herself and the party.
As I previously wrote, Art “Bob Dole” Wood is a nice guy — and so is my plumber, but I don’t want him being county party chairman. We can do better than handing off this important position in a critical election year (nevermind the fact that the convention is in our backyard) to someone just because “it’s his turn.”
Lastly, I still say Josh Bergin is missing a great opportunity by not running. Josh apparently cut a deal to support Art for chairman and in turn gain Art’s support for Josh to run for vice-chair. Trouble with that scenario is Art has to win for there to be something in it for Josh. If Art doesn’t win, he can/will retain his position as vice-chairman and Josh ends up empty-handed. C’est la vie…
Here’s the unedited e-mail of support from Ms. Clem:
I am writing this announcement to inform you that one of our own has stepped up to run for Hillsborough County Chair. Please come to support our FishHawk Club President as he runs for Chair of the Hillsborough County Republican Party at tomorrow night’s REC meeting. As a long term grassroots conservative activist, here are the reasons why I think Chris is the Best Choice for helping us defeat Obama in Hillsborough County:
Chris is a Proven Conservative Republican, Chris has the influence to Unite Local Conservatives for victory in 2012.
Chris has a strong military background, professional career, an MBA, and an enthusiasm for American ideals that will be a positive image for the party.
As a grassroots volunteer, Chris is not an “old guard” establishment Republican insider. He has the ability to invigorate and energize a new generation of conservatives.
The best leaders are those who seek not for glory but step up when duty calls.
After much encouragement and personal prayer Chris is ready and able to fight for conservative principles the Republican Party should stand for and lead us to Victory in 2012!
The vote is tomorrow! Call me to get involved in supporting Chris…..
Thank you for helping us work for Victory in 2012!
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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