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”

Haridopolos ends his fantasy

Mike Haridopolos quit his ill-fated campaign for the U.S. Senate today. The Florida Senate president’s quest for a seat in the world’s greatest deliberative body ends today just as it started – with Mike Haridopolos being the only person who believed he has what it takes to be a U.S. Senator.

Once in a while the system works…

By Chris Ingram

Mike Haridopolos quit his ill-fated campaign for the U.S. Senate today. The Florida Senate president’s quest for a seat in the world’s greatest deliberative body ends today just as it started – with Mike Haridopolos  being the only person who believed he has what it takes to be a U.S. senator.

Pundits will no doubt be focusing on the repudiation of Haridopolos by the tea party wing of the GOP as the most likely reason he quit. And that point certainly has some merit. Haridopolos recently fell flat in tea party straw polls, was run off a right-wing radio show, and has had anemic support within the GOP base.

But Florida’s Boy Wonder had more problems than just the base.

His support from status quo establishment types like Continue reading “Haridopolos ends his fantasy”

Florida Republican Party mutiny expected this weekend

Rumor has it that a misguided bunch of misfits and rabble rousers on the Republican Party of Florida’s state committee will seek the removal of Chairman David Bitner at the party’s quarterly meeting in Orlando this weekend.

Bitner has chance to show “game on”

By Chris Ingram

Rumor has it that a misguided bunch of misfits and rabble-rousers on the Republican Party of Florida’s state committee will seek the removal of Chairman David Bitner at the party’s quarterly meeting in Orlando this weekend.

Bitner who is just four months into his first term as chairman was recently diagnosed as having amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. ALS, is a disease of the nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord that control voluntary muscle movement. Bitner’s diagnosis was sudden and he currently uses a motorized scooter to move about.

Caption: Dave Bitner has chance to show he's nobody's punching bag.

 

The mutinous bunch of malcontents seeking Bitner’s removal have a long record of throwing bombs at party leaders – sometimes deservedly so, though sometimes not. Continue reading “Florida Republican Party mutiny expected this weekend”

Mike Haridopolos’ plan to save Flori-duh

The Kool-aid drinkers eat it up! I guess none of them read the newspapers because I thought I was toast when the story about the book came out. Know what happened? They put it up on Amazon.com and you can now buy it for your Kindle! Ain’t America great?

We can all rest better knowing this guy is in charge…

Satire by Chris Ingram

Dear voters of Flori-duh:

Over the past year, Floridians have made their priority very clear: Create jobs and control spending. Nearly 12 percent of Floridians are still looking for work, and one of the biggest impediments to economic recovery is a track record of unpredictable government spending. What Floridians want, and deserve, is a nice $152,000 book contract. You know, one like the one I got working for that rinky-dink community college. They wanted me to write them a book about Fla. legislative history and stuff like that. So I got my nephew’s 7th grade social studies report, wrote my name on it, and turned it in. And you know what? Continue reading “Mike Haridopolos’ plan to save Flori-duh”

12 steps to fix the Republican Party of Florida

In fewer than 24 hours, the much maligned Republican Party of Florida will have a new chairman. Regardless of who wins, the new leader needs to show leadership. While John Thrasher did an able job giving the party some much-needed credibility in the post-Greer days, he failed on all fronts in providing the party with the substantive reforms it needs.

The next party boss has an opportunity to make needed reforms to restore credibility

By Chris Ingram

In fewer than 24 hours, the much maligned Republican Party of Florida will have a new chairman. Regardless of who wins, the victor needs to show some leadership. While John Thrasher did an able job giving the party some much-needed credibility in the post-Greer days, he failed on all fronts in providing the party with the substantive reforms it needs.

Photo: Jim Greer mugshot. Greer brought shame to RPOF -- its committee elected him twice.

Here are a few things the new chairman should do upon taking office: Continue reading “12 steps to fix the Republican Party of Florida”

The Water Cooler: Wallace to State Senate; U.S. Senate Debate Sunday a.m.; pathetic pageant participants; October surprise for Rubio?

Former State Rep. Rob Wallace will replace disgraced Republican Jim Norman on the ballot for State Senate District 12. Wallace was selected by six Republican representatives from Hillsborough and Pasco counties — as permitted to state law.

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

By Chris Ingram

Who is Rob Wallace?

Former State Rep. Rob Wallace will replace disgraced Republican Jim Norman on the ballot for State Senate District 12. Wallace was selected by six Republican representatives from Hillsborough and Pasco counties — as permitted to state law.

State Rep. Kevin Ambler who was rejected by the committee of six still could end up as the nominee Continue reading “The Water Cooler: Wallace to State Senate; U.S. Senate Debate Sunday a.m.; pathetic pageant participants; October surprise for Rubio?”

Cat fight for control of state GOP has begun

Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush announced her intention to run for Chair of the Republican Party of Florida this weekend. Her announcement came in the form of an e-mail to state committee members. Her announcement was quickly followed by another e-mail from likely opponent Sharon Day of Broward County who reprimanded Cox-Roush for putting her interests ahead of the party’s interests.

Campaign is going to need a lot of kitty litter

By Chris Ingram

Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush announced her intention to run for Chair of the Republican Party of Florida this weekend. Her announcement came in the form of an e-mail to state committee members. Her announcement was quickly followed by another e-mail from likely opponent Sharon Day of Broward County who reprimanded Cox-Roush for Continue reading “Cat fight for control of state GOP has begun”