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”

Shameless losers

Gingrich would like voters to forget he’s a philandering hypocrite, a “histobbyist” and the ultimate Washington insider, with the ethics violations, record fines and enemies to prove it.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published February 8, 2012

Just like his pal former speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich, ex-congressman and former Florida attorney general Bill McCollum wants voters to forget a few things.

Gingrich would like voters to forget he’s a philandering hypocrite, a “histobbyist” and the ultimate Washington insider, with the ethics violations, record fines and enemies to prove it.

For his part, McCollum would like voters to forget about the fiasco that was his service as a Clinton impeachment manager. As one of the managers, McCollum proved his mastery of the law couldn’t get a grand jury of 12 Orthodox Jews to indict a ham sandwich.

McCollum would also like voters to forget that Continue reading “Shameless losers”

Republican Party Kool-Aid? No thanks

The fact is I don’t hate the Republican Party. But I don’t love it either. For me, the party is merely the means to an end. When the party or its candidates don’t support the end, they don’t get my support.

By Chris Ingram

Special Correspondent, Tampa Tribune

Last week Hillsborough GOP Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush asked me, “Why do you hate the Republican Party?” I wasn’t the slightest bit surprised or offended by the question as I’ve been asked this before.

The fact is I don’t hate the Republican Party. But I don’t love it either. For me, the party is merely the means to an end. When the party or its candidates don’t support the end, they don’t get my support.

As far as my Republican bona-fides go, I’ve been bleeding Republican red since I was a kid. At 10 years old, I made a hand-made sign boasting “Reagan for President” that I tacked to my bedroom door.

As an adult I’ve worked for the election of scores of Republican candidates. I’ve stuffed envelopes, walked neighborhoods, managed campaigns, attended conventions, and contributed money. I’ve been a registered Republican my whole life.

But I quit drinking the GOP’s Kool-Aid years ago.

I refuse to support Republican candidates when Continue reading “Republican Party Kool-Aid? No thanks”

Political Insider: why Bill Nelson should be worried

In that article, I opined that Republican leaders would encourage Charlie to run for re-election to offer stability to the GOP statewide rather than face the inevitable chaos of open seats in every statewide office after Obama’s big win in Florida just a few months earlier.

When comparing electoral margins from 2002, 2006, and 2010 it doesn’t look good for Bill

By Jamie Miller, Irreverent View’s political insider

In January 2009, I wrote a column for Irreverent View that suggested Charlie Crist should run for re-election rather than run for the U.S. Senate.

In that article, I opined that Republican leaders would encourage Charlie to run for re-election to offer stability to the GOP statewide rather than face the inevitable chaos of open seats in every statewide office after Obama’s big win in Florida just a few months earlier. Continue reading “Political Insider: why Bill Nelson should be worried”

The Water Cooler: Charlie’s new best pal Alex; the shameless judge; Grant granted a grateful grant

No, he hasn’t had a sudden sense of fairness overtake his overly tanned body, but Charlie Crist has called for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Sniter to be allowed to participate in the next televised debate. Understand, Charlie’s good will is for Charlie – Snitker in the debate means more heat on Rubio and more attention on Snitker means he potentially siphons off some of Rubio’s vote thus enhancing Crist’s prospects which according to the polls, don’t look so good right now.

The Water Cooler is a snapshot view of some of the things people are talking about in politics

By Chris Ingram

Charlie Crist chuckles and snickers for Snitker to partake in debate

No, he hasn’t had a sudden sense of fairness overtake his overly-tanned body, but Charlie Crist has called for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Alex Sniter to be allowed to participate in the next televised debate. Understand, Charlie’s good-will is for Charlie – as Snitker in the debate means more heat on Rubio. Snitker — as the true conservtive in the race —  more than likely siphons off Rubio’s vote more than anyone else’s, thus enhancing Crist’s prospects — which according to the polls, don’t look so good right now.

Despite those polls, I’m going out on a limb and standing by my earlier prediction that Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Charlie’s new best pal Alex; the shameless judge; Grant granted a grateful grant”

Scott/McCollum…a very irreverent view

The time was 1980 and our nation was stuck in economic malaise; foreclosures were taking place, unemployment was on the rise; there was uncertainty in the stock market, and we were facing a gloomy future and a new term was introduced into the lexicon: the Misery Index. The Democrats, who were in charge of the Congress and White House at that time were pursuing an economic agenda of higher taxes, deficit spending, and more government in an attempt to pull our nation out of an economic tailspin.

A party divided will not stand. Is a Scott/McCollum ticket the answer?

(Is Williams’ idea absurd? Stranger things have happened…)

By Gregory M. Williams

The time was 1980 and our nation was stuck in economic malaise; foreclosures were taking place, unemployment was on the rise; there was uncertainty in the stock market, and we were facing a gloomy future and a new term was introduced into the lexicon: the Misery Index.  The Democrats, who were in charge of the Congress and White House at that time were pursuing an economic agenda of higher taxes, deficit spending, and more government in an attempt to pull our nation out of an economic tailspin. Continue reading “Scott/McCollum…a very irreverent view”

Scott may not be a Saint, but Sink is no Angel

The 2010 primary races are over in Florida, and the Republican primary nominee for Governor is Rick Scott. The race wasn’t even close, with Scott winning in 53 of 67 counties. A win this big for a virtual political outsider should send a strong message to those who control the Republican Party of Florida. Unfortunately, that message isn’t resonating with quite a few people.

Once again, voters will get to pick from the lesser of two evils. Which one is it?

By Scott Factor

The 2010 primary races are over in Florida, and the Republican primary nominee for Governor is Rick Scott. The race wasn’t even close, with Scott winning in 53 of 67 counties. A win this big for a virtual political outsider should send a strong message to those who control the Republican Party of Florida. Unfortunately, that message isn’t resonating with quite a few people. Continue reading “Scott may not be a Saint, but Sink is no Angel”