By Chris Ingram
The Tampa Tribune
Published February 20, 2012
Imagine you’re a member of the political class. You’ve spent your life being a back-slapping, status-quo-supporting, go-along-to-get-along career politician who tries not to offend anyone. For a while, things were great. You made almost 200 grand a year between your day “job” as an elected official while moonlighting as government adviser or lobbyist or such for a bell-ringing charity.
Then you get term-limited out of the cushy elected position and have to run for something else. The state Senate looks good despite the fact that it’s about a $60,000 pay cut. But you don’t worry; there are plenty of lobbyists and special interests in Tallahassee who will help ease the financial blow.
You run, and you win, but your pesky primary opponent files a lawsuit and airs a whole bunch of dirty laundry about you. Court cases, criminal investigations involving the IRS and dead people, and media condemnation ensue, but ultimately you’re cleared of any wrongdoing because there isn’t a statute that says a politician can’t be an unethical dirt bag.
Two years later it’s re-election time, and a fellow Republican has the gall to announce he plans to run against you. Shortly thereafter your top aide in charge of your sporting event/skybox party planning gets busted for not filing tax returns – for five years. While he worked for you.
Given all your baggage, you would think the “powers that be” in your community and Tallahassee would want to run you out of town faster than a Muslim at a tea party rally.
Of course, if you believe that’s what happens in our state’s capitol, I’ve got a $400K lakefront house in Arkansas I’d like to give to you. Actually, I would give it to your spouse so you don’t have to report it.
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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