Romney’s sincere side

Christie said he had instructed his four kids to “make themselves scarce” after greeting the Romneys. But the two youngest kids, ages 9 and 12, didn’t follow his instructions when the Romneys arrived. Instead, they hung around in full kid mode.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2012

Thursday morning, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie addressed Florida’s delegates to the RNC. Christie told a personal and humorous story of Mitt and Ann Romney’s visit to the Christie household last year.

Christie recalled his wife’s worries about cleaning the house after receiving less than a day’s notice the Romneys were coming. He also made a tongue-in-cheek comment about having to prep their four kids to be on their best behavior when the Romneys arrived the next day.

Christie said he had instructed his four kids to Continue reading “Romney’s sincere side”

‘I-GAG’ issues threaten GOP hopes

With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.

But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 30, 2012

With the second night of the RNC now behind us, the party awaits Mitt Romney’s acceptance of his nomination tonight. So far, the GOP’s efforts to stay on script have been flawlessly executed.

But on the floor, at the protest zone and beyond, problems swirl for the Republican brand.

On Tuesday night in Ybor City, the Republican group GOProud — a national organization of gay and straight Americans seeking to promote freedom by supporting free markets, limited government and a respect for individual rights — held a well-attended party at a nightclub.

Conservative anti-tax leader Grover Norquist was among the political celebrities in attendance.

The GOProud event was not endorsed by the RNC, and there were not any official Romney representatives present at the event — held on the same day the Republican Party platform called for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union between one man and one woman.

The party’s problems with gays, Continue reading “‘I-GAG’ issues threaten GOP hopes”

Is Crist Florida’s version of Gov. Moonbeam?

The RPOF reminded Florida Democrats of Charlie’s volumes of proclamations on policies and politics that would make any Democrat pause. Statements such as: “I’m a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican …” Or his Twitter posting in 2012: “Pres. Obama and Dems ignored the will of the ppl and passed a partisan-gov’t run HC bill.”

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The former Florida governor tried to steal the stage from the RNC and Tropical Storm Isaac over the weekend by endorsing President Barack Obama. This was followed by an announcement that he would speak at the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte next week. The GOP would have been better off ignoring Crist, but the party took the bait.

The RPOF reminded Florida Democrats of Charlie’s volumes of proclamations on policies and politics that would make any Democrat pause. Statements such as: “I’m a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican …” Or his Twitter posting in 2012: “Pres. Obama and Dems ignored the will of the ppl and passed a partisan-gov’t run HC bill.”

Monday at the RPOF’s morning breakfast, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said of Crist, Continue reading “Is Crist Florida’s version of Gov. Moonbeam?”

GOP primary purgatory, Charlie’s hug, charming Charm

During Putnam’s welcoming remarks, he referred to the two state delegations as “partners in primary purgatory” for their far-flung hotel location. Both states were penalized by the Republican National Committee for presidential primary calendar changes the party bosses in D.C. didn’t like. The distant hotel was one of many punishments.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, August 28, 2012

It is a painfully long trip from the Forum and all the RNC festivities in Tampa to where the Florida and South Carolina delegations are staying at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor. The fact that it’s such a long haul isn’t lost on the Florida delegation, many of whom were griping about the “70s décor” and architecture at the resort, as well as the travel time to downtown.

On Monday, the two delegations had a joint breakfast gathering called “Fresh Squeezed Florida,” sponsored by Florida’s agriculture commissioner, Adam Putnam, Tropicana Co. and other Florida agricultural interests. That’s how these things work — smart delegates don’t pay for much other than their rooms while they’re at the convention.

Before giving the invocation, incoming Florida House Speaker Will Weatherford quipped about Charlie Crist’s recent endorsement of Barack Obama. Of Crist he said, Continue reading “GOP primary purgatory, Charlie’s hug, charming Charm”

RNC Monday update

Among the Florida delegation, the buzz is all about “Toucan” Charlie Crist’s announcement of what we already know: he loves Barack Obama. Yesterday, Too Tan Charlie announced he was endorsing Barack Obama — duh! That was followed by a DNC announcement that the tan man would speak at the Democrats’ convention next week, which they should be calling Chuckles’ homecoming.

By Chris Ingram

The Forum is ready, Isaac is going to pass (but give us a lot of rain), and the Committee on Arrangements has rescheduled Monday’s events with a new schedule to get Mitt Romney nominated.

Heavy rains are expected to continue today throughout the Tampa Bay area and local schools and many businesses are closed. Delegates and members of the media, as well as Moms and dads with kids unexpectedly home from school, and other locals throughout the area may be scratching their heads at today’s closings due to Isaac, but as long-term residents know, a big storm can turn on a dime. RNC and government officials decided to err on the side of caution.

As they say in Vaudeville the show must go on.

And it does.

Marco Rubio speaks to the Florida delegation at the Innisbrook Resort in Palm Harbor today at 8:00 a.m., sponsored by American Express (just kidding).

Among the Florida delegation, the buzz is all about “Toucan” Charlie Crist’s announcement of what we already know: he loves Barack Obama. Yesterday, Too Tan Charlie announced he was endorsing Barack Obama — duh! That was followed by a DNC announcement that the tan man would speak at the Democrats’ convention next week, which they should be calling Chuckles’ homecoming.

Too Tan Toucan Charlie

Other activities include the opening and quick recess of the day’s session at 2:00 p.m., as well as the start of protests downtown with up to 5,000 expected — at least Continue reading “RNC Monday update”

Get ready for dining and politics Tampa-style, even in the rain.

Tampa is home to countless great places to eat, and delegates, members of the media, and others in town for the convention who want to dine where the local politicos go to be seen should consider some of the following hotspots.

By Chris Ingram published by Campaigns and Elections Magazine

The political consultant's guide to Tampa

Tampa is home to countless great places to eat, and delegates, members of the media, and others in town for the convention who want to dine where the local politicos go to be seen should consider some of the following hotspots.

Datz deli is one of the trendiest places to go to be seen in Tampa’s political and social circles. Florida Governor Rick Scott held a campaign event at Datz, and countless local politicians visit.

Click here to read the full column on Campaigns and Elections Magazine’s website.

Continue reading “Get ready for dining and politics Tampa-style, even in the rain.”