A better approach to chairmanship mess

A well-trained monkey could probably do the job, but that didn’t keep some commissioners and their puppeteers from jockeying for the position. It apparently got nasty and personal, with commissioners cutting deals behind closed doors — a clear violation of Florida’s sunshine laws.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published November 26, 2011

If all seven members of the Hillsborough County Commission were drowning and you could only save one, would you go to lunch or read the paper?

Last week the world’s greatest deliberative body within six blocks of the Hillsborough River demonstrated why good intentions don’t mean better government.

Before it got all well-meaning, the commission went about its business of organizing its “leaders” for the coming year. Mostly this means electing who amongst them will serve as chairman. The chairman signs legal documents, represents the county at official events and manages commission meetings. For his efforts, the commission chair earns an extra 10 grand in pay.

A well-trained monkey could probably do the job, but that didn’t keep some commissioners and their puppeteers from jockeying for the position. It apparently got nasty and Continue reading “A better approach to chairmanship mess”

Even Knuckleheads at the County Commission have Rights

In what should have been a very dignified tribute to Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr. at today’s Hillsborough County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, one angry citizen decided to make it a less-dignified affair.

And no, I’m not referring to Jim Norman

By Chris Ingram

In what should have been a fitting tribute to Admiral Leroy Collins, Jr. at today’s Hillsborough County Board of Commissioner’s meeting, one angry citizen decided to make it a less-dignified affair. Continue reading “Even Knuckleheads at the County Commission have Rights”

Sandy Murman the sheep

Conservative Hillsborough County Commission candidate Trey Rustmann’s (R) opponent Sandra Murman (R or D – depending on the wind) who has run for, considered running for, or otherwise sought the following elective offices or appointed positions in the last few years: (Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections, State Senator, Tampa City Council, County Commission, Tampa Port Authority, Mayor of Tampa), is currently sending a mail piece to Republican voters in her district claiming she is “The ONLY Republican running for County Commissioner WHO WON’T RAISE TAXES.”

Another one of Sam Rashid’s flock being lead out to pasture

By Chris Ingram

Conservative Hillsborough County Commission candidate Trey Rustmann’s (R) opponent Sandra Murman (R or D – depending on the wind) who has run for, considered running for, or otherwise sought the following elective offices or appointed positions in the last few years: (Hillsborough Supervisor of Elections, State Senator, Tampa City Council, County Commission, Tampa Port Authority, Mayor of Tampa), is currently sending a mail piece to Republican voters in her district claiming she is “The ONLY Republican running for County Commissioner WHO WON’T RAISE TAXES.”  Continue reading “Sandy Murman the sheep”

How low will Guetzloe go?

Orlando bad-boy and faux Tea Party leader Doug Guetzloe sent out an e-mail blast Wednesday night calling for his followers to attend an “Ax the Tax” rally at the Hillsborough County Government Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning.

Guetzloe gets low

By Chris Ingram

Orlando bad-boy and faux Tea Party leader Doug Guetzloe sent out an e-mail blast Wednesday night calling for his followers to attend an “Ax the Tax” rally at the Hillsborough County Government Center at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday morning. Guetzloe’s e-mail claimed Continue reading “How low will Guetzloe go?”

Burgin planning election-night party at Chuck-e-Cheese

 The Diner, Part II

A political satire about the antics of Sam and Josh

By Chris Ingram

(5:12 p.m. In the heart of Brandon at “Sam’s Café” in walks Josh, candidate for Hillsborough County Commission)

(Josh sits down and a lovely waitress hands him a menu)

Josh: Good afternoon, I’m Josh. I’m meeting Sam at 1:00 p.m.

Waitress: (looking at her watch) It’s 5:15.

Josh: I know. But Sam doesn’t really respect my time, and he usually shows up really late.

Waitress: (nodding in understanding) Okay honey, what would you like today?

Josh: Hamburger Helper and some French fries please!

Waitress: (rolling her eyes) Oh, I remember you. You’re the kid running for Mayor or something, right?

Commission candidate Josh Burgin

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If your name is Samad and someone calls you Samad, they’re a racist/bigot.

There has been a mix of responses to my post about the Hillsborough County Commission race between Josh Burgin and Mark Sharpe. The views expressed have been either in agreement that Burgin is woefully unqualified or painting me as a racist or bigot.

The world according to Sam/Samad/Samad Sultan works in strange ways…

By Chris Ingram

There has been a mix of responses to my post about the Hillsborough County Commission race between Josh Burgin and Mark Sharpe. The views expressed have been either in agreement that Burgin is woefully unqualified or painting me as a racist or bigot.

The racist/bigot charge is apparently in reference to my referring to Sam Rashid by his LEGAL name which is Samad. In my column I referenced Mr. Rashid as Continue reading “If your name is Samad and someone calls you Samad, they’re a racist/bigot.”

Josh “bacon burger” Burgin: “Would you like fries with that Sam?”

A political mailer Burgin’s fledgling campaign recently sent out boasts about how he worked in his daddy’s produce stand in his early twenties – now don’t get me wrong, I love a fat Plant City strawberry as much as anyone – I just don’t think peddling produce qualifies one to help oversee the county’s $3.5 billion budget.

Poker-playing puppeteer puts up unproven pawn for Hillsborough County Commission

Photo: Josh Burgin: Rashid's "yes" man.

By Chris Ingram

Irreverent View readers and those who follow Hillsborough County politics know County Commissioner Mark Sharpe has a Republican Primary opponent in Josh Burgin. 

Burgin surprised Sharpe with his last-minute qualification for the office, but Burgin is no stranger to politics – he ran unsuccessfully for the State House of Representatives in 2004 at the ripe old age of 28. 

Now with all the experience of 34 yrs., Josh “bacon burger” Burgin is running again. While his resume is a little longer than it was six years ago it still has got a lot more fat than meat. Just like a bacon cheese burger. 

A political mailer Burgin’s fledgling campaign recently sent out Continue reading “Josh “bacon burger” Burgin: “Would you like fries with that Sam?””