Schorsch, Crist and the Tampa Bay Times

As part of Smith’s posting, he included a list of all of the “insiders” who participated in the poll – who may participate by invitation only – from Smith. On the list this week were the usual assortment of regulars, but one name on the list struck me as odd and inappropriate for being a participant. That name: Charlie Crist.

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Bay Times seems to be in a funk. Of late, the newspaper has shown poor judgment and a lack of journalistic standards. On two recent occasions the paper has shown why readers may be abandoning it – it lacks credibility. Meanwhile, cross-bay rival the Tampa Tribune’s (which I contribute a column to, but am not employed by) circulation numbers have increased – one of just two Florida dailies to post increased circulation  numbers last year.

In addition to perpetually having a thing for publishing exhaustingly long, one-sided, front-page stories about the Church of Scientology, the paper is starting to show low standards of journalism and good judgment. Unfortunately for readers, they may not even recognize it.

Here are two examples:

Proving the Times‘ bias against Rick Scott

On Friday, the Times’ online “Buzz” section posted a story by the paper’s political editor, Adam Smith about how Florida “political insiders” view a variety of state and local political matters. The insiders survey is something Smith does on occasion, and which I have regularly participated in. Friday’s “Buzz” post was about what insiders think about the governor’s race and likely match-up between Governor Rick Scott, and former Governor Charlie Crist (among other subjects). No harm there, but the devil is in the details. 

As part of Smith’s posting, he includes a list of all of the “insiders” who participated in the poll (participants must be invited to do so by Smith). On the list this week were the usual assortment of regulars, but one name on the list struck me as odd and inappropriate for being a participant. That name: Charlie Crist.

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Caption: The Tampa Bay Times certainly loves Charlie.

Yes, the Tampa Bay Times conducted a survey about Florida politics and included one of the candidates being surveyed about for his opinion about his own race! That’s like asking the CEO of McDonalds, “Who makes the best hamburger?” What do you think he is going to say?

To make matters worse, when I inquired with Smith about Continue reading “Schorsch, Crist and the Tampa Bay Times”

Schorsch plays loose with the facts

I spoke to Speaker Weatherford today and here is what he said about Schorsch, “He is not on my payroll. All we have ever done is paid for ads on his website. He’s never been a consultant for me. Ever.”

Speaker Weatherford on Peter Schorsch: “He’s never been a consultant for me. Ever.”

By Chris Ingram

Friday kudos to the Republican Party of Florida’s Communications Director, Matt Moon for calling a spade a spade.

I am referring to the RPOF’s Memo of today to national media outlets warning them of the dangers of dealing with, or taking “as credible” anything that rolls out of the cave of one Peter D. Schorsch. Schorsch of course is the blowhard blogger who fancies himself as a journalist when it is convenient, and claims he is not a journalist when it is not. Publisher of the website St.Petersblog, his ego generally arrives about 30 minutes before he does. Schorsch it has also been well documented by multiple media outlets plays loose with the facts, typically ends up being the story for people whom he consults for and has a lengthy criminal background (including Grand Theft, Scheme to Defraud). Bottom line is, he is bad news from his head to his toes.

Pictured: Peter Schorsch. Photo courtesy of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

 

Several political candidates and elected officials have told me over the years they advertise on his site because their consultants have said if you do, Schorsch is less likely to write nasty things about you. This is apparently a heck of a way to make a living which Schorsch is fond of bragging about.

So today, the RPOF took on Schorsch with a memo (see below). In response to the memo, and once he got over being excited when he realized he would “be the news” again, Schorsch published on St. Petersblog the following: Continue reading “Schorsch plays loose with the facts”

Crist to run for governor. Or perhaps not…

It was also disclosed yesterday by the Tampa Bay Times that Crist stooge Peter Schorsch has filed for a permit to have a rally in a St. Petersburg park on November 4th. Schorsch’s wife is also a close Crist confidant. Schorsch has denied the permit is connected to Crist, but Schorsch is a proven liar who has a lengthy criminal record and is not someone whose word about politics is to be taken seriously. That Crist appears to continue to associate himself with the likes of people like Schorsch suggests Chuckles hasn’t learned from past associations with criminals including Jim Greer and Scott Rothstein.

Ever the chameleon, Crist could be changing colors again

By Chris Ingram

Now that former Rep. Bill Young has been interred, expect a flurry of political jockeying to replace him.  Young’s son, brother, and wife, former Mayor Rick Baker, Clearwater Mayor George Cretekos, and former County Commissioner Neil Brickfield are among Republicans who have been mentioned as possible candidates to succeed him. Former CFO and gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink is the leading Democrat mentioned. She is joined by talk of county commissioner and former state Senator Charlie Justice, and state Representative Janet Long as potential candidates, among others (Justice said on Friday he would not run).

Lost in most of the chatter is attorney Jessica Ehrlich, who was the 2012 Democratic nominee and has continued to campaign for the job even before Young’s retirement announcement and subsequent death.

Yet despite posting the strongest challenge to Young in twenty years, she hasn’t won any bonus points with establishment Democrats who care more about winning than rewarding Ehrlich for not just being a political opportunist.  

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Caption: That’s one box of Fruit Loops you might want to take a pass on. (Drawing by Jake Fuller)

Who the candidates will be, and when the election will be held remains unclear. Florida law is vague about the date of a special election to replace a member of the House of Representatives. Unlike replacing a member of the U.S. Senate, vacancies in the House of Representatives cannot be appointed. So there will be an election, we just don’t know when the governor will set it.   

While the rest of the political intelligentsia chatter about a Baker versus Sink race, or all the “what ifs?” concerning Young’s various family members, one person not so frequently mentioned whom I think may very well run, is former Governor Charlie “Too Tan” Crist. Sound crazy? Perhaps, but in politics, anything is possible.

When he’s not pitching his skills as a trial lawyer to take your slip and fall accident or parking lot fender-bender case to court, Crist is said to be forming a campaign team for another run for governor. I haven’t ever bought the notion that Crist would run for governor again — and have speculated it’s been an act all along that he would, in order for Crist to maintain a high profile and build up his fundraising base so he can run against Bill Young.  That’s what I expected to happen. Now that young has died, Crist can run in a much easier open seat and land himself a job as Congressman for the next twenty years if he wants it.

Yesterday he unveiled an odd campaign website that looked like a typical candidate’s website, but it was missing two things. Those two things were: Continue reading “Crist to run for governor. Or perhaps not…”

Finally! The media gets it right about the two biggest losers in politics!

Scorsch who routinely and unapologetically lies publicly to the press, who owes nearly $68,000 in outstanding fines to the Florida Elections Commission, who six years pleaded no contest to grand thef and scheming to defraud charges. Really?

Ready for the NFL, Charlie Crist?

Friday, October 25, 2013 3:40pm

“Welcome to the NFL,” Charlie Crist used to say of Marco Rubio, when the insurgent Republican complained about Crist’s attacks in 2010.

We’re just days away from Crist announcing his campaign for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, and it’s unclear whether Crist will be playing like he’s in the NFL or the Pop Warner League.

Looks like blogger/consultant/man about town Peter Schorsch pulled the permit for Crist’s first campaign rally/announcement. Now I’m a big fan of Schorsch’s web site and more than once  have enjoyed a martini or three with Schorsch.

But Crist already has a history of lousy judgement in leaning heavily dubious supporters (Scott Rothstein, Jim Greer, Alan Mendelsohn, Greg Eagle) who have a knack for winding up in prison. Count on that to be part of the campaign against him over the next 12 months.

Still, for his very campaign event Crist turned to Scorsch who routinely and unapologetically lies publicly to the press, who owes nearly $68,000 in outstanding fines to the Florida Elections Commission, who six years pleaded no contest to grand thef and scheming to defraud charges. Really?

Crist today launched a Web site, CharlieCrist.com. What struck us first about it  is that it included no disclosure text saying who funded, as is required for campaign sites. Crist is in gray area as an unannounced candidate, of course, but it seems the campaign felt a little uneasy about the disclosure rules too. The site has been amended to say: “Paid for Personally by Charlie Crist.” (Click here for the full story in the Tampa Bay Times)

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Jonny Torres’ real record and his pal John Morgan

Torres’ campaign platform centers around his concern with what he believes is over-representation of northeast Florida by the executive board members of the YRs. “With Florida being one of the largest states in the continental U.S., it’s unfortunate that half of the board members are from the northeastern region of the state,” Torres stated in a press release announcing his candidacy posted on the TBYR website. This is apparently the big ill of the GOPs ways that causes it to lose elections; having someone from Tampa as FFYR chair is apparently going to fix the GOP’s election woes – whatever you say Jonny!

By Chris Ingram

Florida Young Republicans can do better than this political wanna-be

Just when you thought it was safe to call yourself a Republican again, little Jonny Torres enters the room to remind you of the slime of the Jim Greer days.

Granted, Jonny Torres is by no means a household name and you probably wouldn’t recognize him in a one-man lineup, but he’s got some greasy Greer qualities nonetheless. Torres is actually nothing more than an unknown wannabe and poser in Florida political circles — those “circles” being limited to the Tampa Bay Young Republicans organization where he serves as the club’s chairman. In an attempt to make a name for himself, Torres is challenging Peret Pass for chair of the parent group of the TBYRs, the Florida Federation of Young Republicans at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando this weekend.

Jonny Torres and friends. Photo courtesy Jonny Torres
Jonny Torres and friends. Photo courtesy Jonny Torres

Torres’ campaign platform centers around his concern with what he believes is over-representation of northeast Florida by the executive board members of the YRs. “With Florida being one of the largest states in the continental U.S., it’s unfortunate that half of the board members are from the northeastern region of the state,” Torres stated in a press release  announcing his candidacy posted on the TBYR website. This is apparently the big ill of the GOPs ways that causes it to lose elections; having someone from Tampa as FFYR chair is apparently going to fix the GOP’s election woes   – whatever you say Jonny!

In his campaign materials attacking his opponents for where they hail from, Jon-boy fails to acknowledge what should be bigger concerns to the voting members of the Florida Young Republicans organization. Namely, Torres’ arrest Continue reading “Jonny Torres’ real record and his pal John Morgan”

Republican activist files complaint with RPOF and Hillsborough GOP

Please consider this a formal complaint to the HCREC and the RPOF board. I cannot believe that this is occurring 12 months before the National Republican Convention is coming to Tampa. Where is the unity in the local and state GOP?

Activist: “Why would the RPOF and REC’s sit still for this?”

By Chris Ingram

Earlier today Bay area Republican gadfly Michael Pinson — who has a long-running fued with progressive Democrat blogger Peter Schorsch — sent a complaint via e-mail, to Hillsborough County Republican Party Chairwoman Deborah Cox-Roush about Schorsch’s involvement with GOP politics.

Specifically, Pinson raises his concerns about Schorsch’s involvement in GOP campaigns as well as the odd support he receives from what could best be described as third-string GOP operatives.

Pinson, who has also been an outspoken critic of many Republicans for not being “conservative enough,” has his critics, but in the case of the complaint against Schorsch, he’s right on the money.

Schorsch it should be noted has frequently referred to Pinson as a feminine hygeine cleaning product on his blog, and Pinson has pending legal action against him for it.

In my opinion, people like Peter Schorsch are the problem with American politics.  

Irreverent View obtained a copy of the letter from Pinson, which is presented below unedited. It’s a good read, if not a little verbose.

Here it is: Continue reading “Republican activist files complaint with RPOF and Hillsborough GOP”