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”

Two dumbest ideas out of Hillsborough Co. Comm. since Kevin White was around

If Les Miller and the other Democrat do-gooders who want to carve a special district were really concerned about Hispanic representation, they’d go out and find some Hispanic candidates. As it occurred last year, no Hispanic was elected to the BOCC because no Hispanics ran! Les, if you want a Hispanic on the commission, get one to run for it.

Does Les Miller think the rest of the BOCC is that stupid?

By Chris Ingram

Just when you thought the antics of former Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin White were in the commission’s past, the commission has begun to digress back to its dysfunctional ways.

Ironically, the commission’s new antics are being lead by the man who disposed of its former biggest clown, Mr. White – who was recently convicted of seven counts related to public corruption. (Editor’s note: Please don’t send compassion packets with things like soap on a rope to inmate Kevin White c/o Federal Bureau of Prisons until after his sentencing in January).

Les Miller's plan is a partisan power play.

White’s replacement of course is none other than Commissioner Les “double-dippin’” Miller. It seems when Mr. Miller isn’t busy doing whatever it is he is being paid $96,000 a year to do as “student ombudsman and public liaison at USF” he does stuff related to being a county commissioner – for which he is paid $92,000 a year.

That “stuff” has amounted to a very strategic plan of Mr. Miller’s to totally change the way commissioners are elected as well as how the commission annually selects its chairman. Both are what political operatives would call a “power play by the minority to regain the majority.”

Here are Les Miller’s $188,000 plans: Continue reading “Two dumbest ideas out of Hillsborough Co. Comm. since Kevin White was around”

Renee Lee, Kevin White, Victor Crist: no “there,” there.

Here we are, one of the largest counties in the state with a $2.5+ BILLION dollar budget and we can’t muster up enough support to fire people who have demonstrated a lack of ethics, who appear to have flat-out lied, and have certainly

By Chris Ingram

I’m not passing judgement on the Hillsborough County Commission, but I’ve got to tell you, if the bozos on this commission don’t step up to the plate and demand the resignation of county attorney Renee Lee (or fire her), they need to head to Tampa General and ask for a spine and brain implant. Mark Sharpe excluded of course…

I mean seriously folks, how ugly and costly does it have to get before the commissioners recognize it’s bad, gotten worse, and ain’t getting any better? Over the last year, Renee Lee, Pat Bean and Kevin White have made Hillsborough County the laughing stock of Florida with their antics.

The tail is definetly wagging the dog.

Here we are, one of the largest counties in the state with a $2.5+ BILLION dollar budget and we can’t muster up enough support to fire people who have demonstrated a lack of ethics, who appear to have flat-out lied, and have certainly Continue reading “Renee Lee, Kevin White, Victor Crist: no “there,” there.”

Stupid is as stupid does

Tampa, Florida — Hillsborough Attorney Renee Lee is in hot water over a lunch with former Commissioner Kevin White and the text messages she sent to him.

WTSP 10 reporter Mike Deeson reports: County Attorney Renee Lee in hot water after lunch, text messages with former Commissioner Kevin White

Tampa, Florida — Hillsborough Attorney Renee Lee is in hot water over a lunch with former Commissioner Kevin White and the text messages she sent to him. Continue reading “Stupid is as stupid does”

Confessions of a Republican

By their definition being a “good Republican” means drinking the Kool-aid, following the party’s ridiculous “loyalty oath” (pledging to vote for and support any and all Republicans – even if Charles Manson is on the ballot so long as his name is followed by an “R”), and subscribing to Ronald Reagan’s “11th Commandment” – though shall not speak ill of a fellow Republican.

I’d rather let my kids watch a gay marriage ceremony than a Jim Norman real estate closing

By Chris Ingram

Some of my more narrow-minded Republican friends have suggested I am not a Republican – at least a not very good one.

By their definition being a “good Republican” means Continue reading “Confessions of a Republican”

“Non-performin'” Norman needs a job

As you know, it’s tough being an elected official when the darned media starts asking questions about where you got your lakefront resort home in Arkansas and a pair of nice boats to go with it. What they don’t realize is it is tough being a county commissioner; and I need those boats for recreation – especially fishing for some big Bass! I have done my best to keep who paid for my wife’s house from you and the media because I don’t like to see people get upset. And that’s what you would be if you really knew where the coin came from. You would say: “that smells like something Kevin White dragged in.”

Never content to be outdone by Kevin White, Jim Norman is equally disgraceful.

A satirical look at Norman’s latest plea for help

By Chris Ingram

Dear sycophant Kool-aid drinking Republicans:
 
As you know, it’s tough being an elected official when the darned media starts asking questions about where you got your lakefront resort home in Arkansas and a pair of nice boats to go with it. What they don’t realize is it is tough being a county commissioner; and I need those boats for recreation – especially fishing for some big Bass! I have done my best to keep who paid for my wife’s house from you and the media because I don’t like to see people get upset. And that’s what you would be if you really knew where the coin came from. You would say: “that smells like something Kevin White dragged in.” Continue reading ““Non-performin’” Norman needs a job”

Mark Sharpe is a Reagan Republican

Leadership is about providing what we need, not just what we want

By Chris Ingram

On Friday of last week, Josh Burgin qualified to run against Hillsborough County Commissioner Mark Sharpe for the at-large seat Sharpe has held for the last six years.

Burgin, who is a nice guy whom I consider a friendly acquaintance made a calculated move based on the assumption that Sharpe is vulnerable for two reasons: 1) because Sharpe has been a strong advocate for the local option transportation improvement penny sales tax; and, 2) because Sharpe is an incumbent in a year when voters appear to be very anti-incumbent.

So now this nice fella’ Josh wants to represent us on the commission. Great! We need more young people with fresh ideas. But Burgin, who is 34 years old, isn’t ready for primetime. His life experiences include Continue reading “Mark Sharpe is a Reagan Republican”