Porno-gate’s wide fallout

Burgin was coronated by Hillsborough County Republicans in 2008 — by all of two Hillsborough Republicans, to be exact. State law permitted the county’s three Republican state committee members to select the party’s nominee (one of the trio was absent the day Burgin was selected). This anomaly occurred when former Rep. Trey Traviesa abruptly resigned after the qualifying period ended. Burgin went on to defeat an unknown, mostly unfunded Democrat in the Republican-leaning district.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Hillsborough porno appraiser, er, Property Appraiser Robert Turner’s ill-advised mouse clicks have caused trickle-down effects in local politics.

For starters, in what has to be the most ill-conceived move of her young political career, state Rep. Rachel Burgin qualified to run for state Senate District 24 when incumbent Sen. Ronda Storms decided to challenge Turner.

Burgin was coronated by Hillsborough County Republicans in 2008 — by all of two Hillsborough Republicans, to be exact. State law permitted the county’s three Republican state committee members to select the party’s nominee (one of the trio was absent the day Burgin was selected). This anomaly occurred when former Rep. Trey Traviesa abruptly resigned after the qualifying period ended. Burgin went on to defeat an unknown, mostly unfunded Democrat in the Republican-leaning district.

Burgin’s rise to stardom never sat well with rank-and-file Republicans who felt she didn’t have the life experience to serve. Prior to her election in 2008, her claim to fame was serving as an aide to Traviesa. Just 25 years old at the time, she had not finished college, had never run a business, and never owned a home; Burgin was basically the Florida Republicans’ version of a “community organizer.”

Former state Sen. Tom Lee has also entered the Senate race — where he will likely give Burgin a lesson in competitive campaigns she has never had to endure.

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 at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.

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2 thoughts on “Porno-gate’s wide fallout”

  1. More unqualified people running for office. What the hell does Ronda Storms know about property appraisal? I am not going to even get started on Burgin and her career as a state representative, her being laughed off the floor speaks for itself.

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  2. Hey, maybe Jim Norman will run for property appraiser! After all, this is Hillsborough County where the bizarre is the
    Norm(an).

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