Almost feeling sorry for Jim Greer

The fact that Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday to grand theft and money laundering (a fraud charge was dropped), has the Republican Party of Florida and many current and former elected Republicans, as well as former Gov. Charlie Crist (who is now a Democrat) breathing a sigh of relief.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The fact that Jim Greer pleaded guilty Monday to grand theft and money laundering (a fraud charge was dropped), has the Republican Party of Florida and many current and former elected Republicans, as well as former Gov. Charlie Crist (who is now a Democrat) breathing a sigh of relief.

Whether those officials had anything to worry about or not, we may never know. But they are doubtlessly happy that Greer’s trial — which was bound to have a circus-like atmosphere — will not take place. Had the trial occurred, Greer — the former party chairman whose oversized frame competed with his oversized ego — had promised lots of dirt on a who’s who of Florida politics, including Crist, former Florida Attorney General Bill McCollum, former U.S. Sen. George LeMieux, former Republican Party of Florida Chairman John Thrasher, former Florida House Speaker Dean Cannon, former Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolos and House Speaker Will Weatherford.

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Photo: Jim Greer cuts up his RPOF Amex. card.

The subject matter during the trial was certain to include Greer’s claims that party leaders were aware of Continue reading “Almost feeling sorry for Jim Greer”

No room at Embassy Suites for Florida, Marco

The RNC retaliation means Florida delegates will have the longest commute of any delegates and will have to endure long days on their feet without a chance for a mid-afternoon nap, or a place to freshen up before the prime-time activities.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published May 3, 2012

The Republican National Committee recently released the hotel assignments for state delegations at the convention in Tampa this summer.

The Florida delegation was severely penalized with an assignment at the lovely Innisbrook Resort — 40 miles away and probably a two-hour commute from downtown Tampa the week of the convention. The RNC’s slight came as a result of the Legislature (dominated by Republicans) thumbing its nose at the RNC when the state chose a presidential preference primary date outside the committee’s preferences.

The RNC retaliation means Continue reading “No room at Embassy Suites for Florida, Marco”

Rubio’s pattern of pathological behavior is pervasive

A Cuban-American U.S. Senator who doesn’t know what year Castro came to power: Priceless

Lies, bad judgment, blaming others for his mistakes

By Chris Ingram

Double-billing taxpayers for a few flights to Tallahassee: a couple hundred bucks

New wood floors in the family’s Miami home paid for with an RPOF American Express card: $4,000

Caption: Who can I blame for this mess?

Landing a part-time job as a college professor when other professors are being laid-off: $69,000

A Cuban-American U.S. Senator who Continue reading “Rubio’s pattern of pathological behavior is pervasive”

Rubio: 2010’s Katherine Harris – another pathological liar for U.S. Senate

In short, I don’t think Marco Rubio is telling the truth. He is not telling the truth about me. He is not telling the truth about his spending of RPOF funds on his credit card. He is not telling the truth about the RPOF paying for his family reunion. Of course, he has perfect explanations for all of these indiscretions. But a pattern of untrustworthy behavior exists, and I believe such behavior should disqualify him from serving in the U.S. Senate – at minimum it disqualifies him from receiving my vote

Establishment Republicans so against Rubio a year ago will now defend him. The problem is Washington is full of pathological liars.

By Chris Ingram

There is an article in today’s Tampa Tribune about my concerns with Marco Rubio’s trustworthiness as it relates to his much-talked-about RPOF American Express card charges. It is important to note that Marco Rubio doesn’t deny the allegations I make against him (and which we both know to be true) – specifically that he told me of a $4K-$5K charge on his RPOF credit card for new kitchen floors in his home.

After Rubio told me of these inappropriate charges last summer, I encouraged him to Continue reading “Rubio: 2010’s Katherine Harris – another pathological liar for U.S. Senate”

Reckless Rubio never met a perk he didn’t like

The Sarasota Herald Tribune has an in-depth article about Marco Rubio today.

It’s not a flattering article for sure, and Kool-aid drinking Rubio supporters will no doubt put their blinders on and ignore it or blame the “liberal media” for all of Marco’s problems.

What you see is not what you are going to get.

By Chris Ingram

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune has an in-depth article about Marco Rubio today.

It’s not a flattering article for sure, and Kool-aid drinking Rubio supporters (one of which I used to be) will no doubt put their blinders on and ignore it or blame the “liberal media” for all of Marco’s problems.

Bottom line is this: Continue reading “Reckless Rubio never met a perk he didn’t like”

What do Charlie Crist, Mike Tyson, and Heidi Fleiss have in common?

Still, it was a good move for Charlie. His “sell by” date just got extended until November. And if Florida gets hit by three or four late-season hurricanes (possible), the Justice Department indicts Marco Rubio (could happen), and enough Flori-duh voters buy into Chuckles’ populism (most likely), he will find his lifelong dream of being a United States Senator fulfilled.

It must be a Florida election

By Chris Ingram

This week’s big political news story was of course Florida Governor Charlie “the Tan Man” Crist ditching the G.O.P. in favor of an independent run for the U.S. Senate.  Sir Charles will be listed on the ballot with no party affiliation after two decades in office as a Republican – well, at least on paper. Political watchers in the know have long suspected Charlie Crist as being politically androgynous. He just proved it to all those who doubted it.

Still, it was a good move for Charlie. His “sell by” date just got extended until November. And if Florida gets hit by three or four late-season hurricanes (possible), the Justice Department indicts Marco Rubio (could happen), and enough Flori-duh voters buy into Chuckles’ populism (most likely), he will find his lifelong dream of being a United States Senator fulfilled.

My prediction for the Florida U.S. Senate race: Continue reading “What do Charlie Crist, Mike Tyson, and Heidi Fleiss have in common?”

Politically Androgynous

Charlie Crist has demonstrated himself to be politically androgynous. Is he a Republican or something else? For that matter, was he ever a Republican? I think he’s probably always been something else. And just what does Charlie Crist believe in (other than Charlie Crist)? And while Chuck the Tan-man’s signature isn’t on any RPOF credit card receipts, he’s certainly not innocent of wrong-doing, or at least failing to step up to the plate and right a wrong (Jim Greer).

Charlie Crist swings the other way

By Chris Ingram

I was off last week (and thus I.V. was on hiatus) for spring break with my kids. We rented an RV and went to Manatee Springs State Park near Chiefland. The park was beautiful and it was like taking a step back in time with peace and tranquility. We were fortunate enough to be there on the weekend of an annual Florida folk band’s concert at the park. It was delightful to hear the folk songs recounting Florida’s history.  After three nights we went to Little Talbot Island State Park on the beach in Jacksonville for three nights. It was also a nice park, but the wind was kicking up at the beach and the waves from the surf made dipping into the water too difficult for my three girls ages six and (twins) three. But the view from our campsite overlooking a river on the marsh made up for it.  We then spent two days at Disney’s Fort Wilderness.  The kids loved it as it was, well, Disney. Roasting ‘smores with characters “Chip” and “Dale” was a highlight and the “Hoop Dee-Doo Review” show was also a hit. Everything was nice and clean, but we might as well have been “camping” in the parking lot at International Mall as Disney’s idea of a campsite is not quite the same as the Florida Park systems’.

It was nice being with family and all but ignoring the goings-on in politics. And there certainly was a lot going on. Charlie “for whomever my pollster tells me to be for” Crist vetoed SB6 (which was good), and speculation ran rampant that he will abandon the G.O.P. and run with no party affiliation.

It stunk to be Marco Rubio last week because Continue reading “Politically Androgynous”