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”

You’re invited! I.V. lunch speaker Tedd Webb. RSVP today!

Join me for lunch with the co-host of the best morning show in America, Tedd Webb. You’ve heard Tedd on-air on WFLA-970 for years, now come hear him in person as he provides his unique (and very irreverent) views on the upcoming presidential election, and other things related to politics and governement.

Mark your calendar, the guest speaker at the next Irreverent View lunch is our most irreverent guest ever!  And you’re invited! Please RSVP today! Send an email to Chris@IrreverentView.com if you would like to attend.

Tedd Webb

Join me for lunch with the co-host of the best morning show in America, Tedd Webb on Thursday, November 1. You’ve heard Tedd on-air on WFLA-970 for years, now come hear him in person as he provides his unique (and very irreverent) views on the upcoming presidential election, and other things related to politics and government.

About the lunch*: The lunch group is informal but we have some loose/suggested criteria. They are: Continue reading “You’re invited! I.V. lunch speaker Tedd Webb. RSVP today!”

A referendum that you won’t find on the ballot

Frishe, 63, is a veteran legislator who served six years in the state House in the 1980s, returning to the chamber again in 2006, where he has served since.

Not having his own family money to pump into his campaign, Frishe is being severely outspent by Brandes, who is saturating local TV with well-produced ads, and mailboxes full of slick mailers. Those ads use a tactic out of the tea party playbook — paint your opponent as a career politician and portray yourself as a knight in shining armor who is an agent of change.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Saturday, August 11, 2012

Among local contested Republican primaries, one stands out as having a significant impact on the Tampa area. State Senate District 22 pits Jeff Brandes against Jim Frishe; both candidates are sitting members of the state House.

Both legislators are in the real estate business, and both are conservatives, but their similarities stop there.

At just 36, Brandes is a relative newcomer to politics. He’s been in the Legislature just one term and is likely still trying to figure out the maze of hallways in the capitol building. He was an Army Reserve officer who saw duty in Iraq. Family wealth has allowed him to pump over a half-million dollars into his campaign coffers.

Frishe, 63, is a veteran legislator who served six years in the state House in the 1980s, returning to the chamber again in 2006, where he has served since.

Not having his own family money to pump into his campaign, Frishe is being severely outspent by Brandes, who is Continue reading “A referendum that you won’t find on the ballot”

New perspective of ‘secret memo’ from Senate President to Senator Alexander

Skip forward to November, when a 20-year-old sophomore named Michael Long — the lone student representative on Florida’s Board of Governors – paid a visit to Florida’s Senate budget chairman to ask a few questions that might help him and the board to map out a logical path to Polytechnic sovereignty.

By Patricia Campion

(Editor’s note: Clearly the author of the following article — Ms. Campion, “gets it.” Unfortunately many of my fine readers did not. That is, that the “memo” in question was satirical in nature. I had questions and comments from people across the state who thought the “secret memo” was real. Now what does that say about what voters think about their elected “leaders”? One commenter said, “Haridopolos didn’t write that, I recognize his writing and that’s not it.” What does this say about voters? Clearly this is not good. Regardless, enjoy Ms. Campion’s read. I loved her reference to the USF student who “spanked” Sen. J.D. Alexander).

 

Chris Ingram of the blog site Irreverent View was very proud to announce that he had obtained a “secret memo” from Florida Senate President Mike Haridopolous to Senator J.D. Alexander.”

“The memo speaks for itself about what goes on in Tallahassee when we elect boys to do a man’s job,” Ingram blasted Haridopolous.

An image of the memo is prominently displayed on the website. The words of Haridopolous — scrawled on Florida Senate letterhead as if by the hand of a child — appear in shades of blue and pink crayon.

“Dear J-dog,” the “secret memo” to Alexander from Haridopolous begins. “You stuck it to USF good.”

By the end of the memo one could concur with Ingram that these words portray the tantrum of a spoiled brat who didn’t get his way. However, what the Irreverent blogger failed to do was disclose how the story began.

Flashback to July: The campaign for Continue reading “New perspective of ‘secret memo’ from Senate President to Senator Alexander”

Things for the Flori-duh Legislature to consider

I digress; that’s old news. But the players haven’t changed much, and I’m not optimistic that the same knuckleheads in Tallahassee, who in the midst of an economic recession last year spent four days talking about abortion and just one day talking about jobs, will get their priorities in order.

Instead of just complaining about what a bunch of out-of-touch do-nothings they are, I’ve made a list of a few things the Legislature ought to consider. They are:

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published January 10, 2012

Call in the kids, lock your doors, and cover your eyes and ears, the “Flori-duh” Legislature convenes today to conduct its annual business.

Last year’s embarrassing session saw Senate President Mike Haridopolous outmaneuvered by the House. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, considering this is the same guy who wrote a book with finger paint and got paid $150,000 to do so by some Podunk community college. The book sold about 100 copies.

I digress; that’s old news. But the players haven’t changed much, and I’m not optimistic that the same knuckleheads in Tallahassee, who in the midst of an economic recession last year spent four days talking about abortion and just one day talking about jobs, will get their priorities in order.

Instead of just complaining about what a bunch of out-of-touch do-nothings they are, I’ve made a list of a few things the Legislature ought to consider. They are: Continue reading “Things for the Flori-duh Legislature to consider”

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”

Sen. Latvala is nobody’s lackey

In a body full of undistinguished do-nothings, that’s not really saying much, but Latvala is genuinely a good guy who is smart, capable, independent and well-intentioned.

By Chris Ingram

Special correspondent, The Tampa Tribune

Published June 14, 2011

State Sen. Jack Latvala is one of my favorite members of the Florida legislature. In a body full of undistinguished do-nothings, that’s not really saying much, but Latvala is genuinely a good guy who is smart, capable, independent and well-intentioned.

I haven’t always sung the praises of Latvala. In fact, over coffee last week, he reminded me my Irreverent View column’s endorsement of his opponent last year was the only one he didn’t get.

I’m not afraid to admit I was wrong about him. At the time I thought he was just another career politician climbing the ladder.

During this year’s legislative session Latvala and a few other senators served as something of a speed bump to the heavy-handed tactics of Continue reading “Sen. Latvala is nobody’s lackey”