A Christmas wish list

I only want a handful of things for Christmas, and fortunately for my loved ones, they didn’t have to fight people at the mall at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to get me what I want. Because nothing I want is sold in stores.

This year’s list includes Charlie Crist!

Photo: Charlie Crist
Photo: Charlie Crist

 

By Chris Ingram

With Thanksgiving past us, it’s time to start thinking about Christmas.

I only want a handful of things for Christmas, and fortunately for my loved ones, they didn’t have to fight people at the mall at 4 a.m. on Black Friday to get me what I want. Because nothing I want is sold in stores.

Here’s my hodge-podge list of what I want for Christmas.

Fix our roads. I would ask for less traffic on our area roads, but that isn’t going to happen. So instead, I am asking for a few things related to traffic that we can all do to make our roads safer and less congested.

First, I wish that everyone who feels the need to instantly respond to Tweets, texts, emails, and Facebook postings on their mobile device while driving, would put the darned things down and just drive before they rear-end someone and make some trial lawyer rich.

Second, I’m asking that people who feel the need to Continue reading “A Christmas wish list”

Bill Nelson’s big fat lie about Social Security

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is engaging in typical Democrat party scare tactics by suggesting Republicans are engaging in a risky scheme to privatize the depression-era social welfare program.

He knows you’ve been scammed, but won’t admit it

By Chris Ingram

Senator Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) is engaging in typical Democrat party scare tactics by suggesting Republicans are engaging in a risky scheme to privatize the depression-era social welfare program.

The problem with Senator Nelson and his ilk in the Democrat party is that their tactic is not only misleading, but they are also lying about the law regarding Social Security entitlement, and, most importantly, they lack any honest proposals to extend the life of the program.

Social Security = legalized government theft

Earlier today I received the following unsolicited e-mail from Senator Nelson’s congressional office: Continue reading “Bill Nelson’s big fat lie about Social Security”

Gee down on field of U.S. Senate candidates

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee told the Tampa Tribune today that he is “not thinking about” getting into the race at this time. However, he also told the Tribune, ““I hate to say never to anything, but I never thought of my job as sheriff as a steppingstone,” he said. “Washington probably wouldn’t be ready for me anyway – my matter-of-fact style.”

Hillsborough Sheriff still hasn’t ruled out a run

By Chris Ingram

Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee told the Tampa Tribune today that he is “not thinking about” getting into the Florida U.S. Senate race at this time.  However, he also told the Tribune, ““I hate to say never to anything, but I never thought of my job as sheriff as a steppingstone,” he said. “Washington probably wouldn’t be ready for me anyway – my matter-of-fact style.”

Photo: Sheriff David Gee

Gee also told the Tribune’s William March,  Continue reading “Gee down on field of U.S. Senate candidates”

Sheriff Gee for U.S. Senate

Humility. Statesmanship. Maturity. A vision for the future. Those are attributes of leadership that so many in Washington lack. These are the characteristics possessed by Hillsborough County Sheriff David Gee.

By Chris Ingram

Special Correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published May 7, 2011

Only half joking, I’ve been suggesting Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd should run for the U.S. Senate. I remain convinced the current group of candidates lack the qualifications, communication skills or ideas to make an ounce of difference in the “greatest deliberative body.” Judd would stir things up.

Despite my public pleas for Judd to enter the race, he hasn’t made any noticeable effort to run. He apparently likes being sheriff; it has been a good gig for him. Do a YouTube search on the sheriff and more than 100 videos pop up. The guy likes attention. In fact, it has been said the most dangerous place in Polk County is the space between Grady Judd and a TV camera. Continue reading “Sheriff Gee for U.S. Senate”

Florida [still] needs Grady Judd for U.S. Senate

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd (R) is known to residents of Florida’s I-4 corridor as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer who knows how to identify a problem, take aim at it, and put the bad guys in jail. He’s a lot like Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio minus the overdose of Viagra.

Judd is Florida’s version of Sheriff Joseph Arpaio — minus the overdose of Viagra

(This column was originally posted on December 21 of last year. Four months later, the message still applies. When will a serious candidate emerge in the Fla. U.S. Senate race? We’ve got to demand better than the current crop of candidates or we’re doomed with 6 more years of Bill Nelson. Candidate updates in red.)

By Chris Ingram

Polk County (Fla.) Sheriff Grady Judd (R) is known to residents of Florida’s I-4 corridor as a no-nonsense law enforcement officer who knows how to identify a problem, take aim at it, and put the bad guys in jail.  He’s a lot like Arizona’s Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio minus the overdose of Viagra.

Photo: Sheriff Grady Judd

Judd’s performance in office in just the last few months includes going after pedophiles, pimps and prostitutes, fake pot, pain clinics, and purse snatchers.

The man knows how to Continue reading “Florida [still] needs Grady Judd for U.S. Senate”

U.S. Senate wanna-be makes his momma proud

I thought Charlie Crist would forever epitomize the proverbial “empty suit.” He’s a not-so-bright man of little substance or accomplishment outside of being a career elected official. But Florida State Senate President Mike “Richie Rich” Haridopolos has now taken the thrown of an empty suit’s empty suit.

Probably not. But Mike Haridopolos wants to represent you anyway

By Chris Ingram

I thought Charlie Crist would forever epitomize the proverbial “empty suit.” He’s a not-so-bright man of little substance or accomplishment outside of being a career elected official. But Florida State Senate President Mike “Richie Rich” Haridopolos has now taken the crown for being an empty suit’s empty suit.

Click on Twinkie-dopolos to enlarge.

He has been found guilty of repeatedly filing incomplete financial disclosure forms (which he received no penalty for doing). He’s been on the public dole his entire life. And earlier this week, the Associated Press reported he got a cushy book deal from some podunk community college he used to work for. Said deal paid this little Twinkie $150,000 to write an extensive book about Florida politics, legislative history, etc. It ended up being nothing more than a lousy campaign manual. Despite not fulfilling the contract terms, Hair-ridiculous took the money anyway. About the only thing this guy has done well, is Continue reading “U.S. Senate wanna-be makes his momma proud”

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”