A tale of two Tweeters

I didn’t find any embarrassing or controversial tweets from Charlie, though I’m sure he deleted all the ones from back in the day he may have sent to @JimGreerRPOFChair. Perhaps one like this: “meet u 4 pancakes 2 plan next donor meeting?” or, “Rubio is such a twerp! He’ll scream uncle when AMEX records come out!”

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune, September 19, 2013

Twitter, the Internet platform where users send brief “tweets” of 160 or fewer characters is part of the social media rage and is frequently used by politicians and elected officials. I recently took a look at the Twitter accounts of Gov. Rick Scott (@FLGovScott) and former Gov. Charlie Crist (@CharlieCristFL) to compare the two likely opponents in next year’s race for governor and to analyze what their accounts say about them.

Although he’s been posting since 2010, Crist is an infrequent user of Twitter except around election time. Crist has just 169 tweets, he follows a mere 146 other Tweeters, and has 12,788 Tweeters who follow him.

I didn’t find any embarrassing or controversial tweets from Charlie, though I’m sure he deleted all the ones from back in the day he may have sent to @JimGreerRPOFChair. Perhaps one like this: Continue reading “A tale of two Tweeters”

Is Crist Florida’s version of Gov. Moonbeam?

The RPOF reminded Florida Democrats of Charlie’s volumes of proclamations on policies and politics that would make any Democrat pause. Statements such as: “I’m a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican …” Or his Twitter posting in 2012: “Pres. Obama and Dems ignored the will of the ppl and passed a partisan-gov’t run HC bill.”

By Chris Ingram

The Tampa Tribune

Published Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The former Florida governor tried to steal the stage from the RNC and Tropical Storm Isaac over the weekend by endorsing President Barack Obama. This was followed by an announcement that he would speak at the Democrats’ convention in Charlotte next week. The GOP would have been better off ignoring Crist, but the party took the bait.

The RPOF reminded Florida Democrats of Charlie’s volumes of proclamations on policies and politics that would make any Democrat pause. Statements such as: “I’m a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-tax Republican …” Or his Twitter posting in 2012: “Pres. Obama and Dems ignored the will of the ppl and passed a partisan-gov’t run HC bill.”

Monday at the RPOF’s morning breakfast, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy of California said of Crist, Continue reading “Is Crist Florida’s version of Gov. Moonbeam?”

RNC coverage plans

I will also be filing my column for the Tampa Tribune every day of the convention. I plan to write on some of the “behind the scenes” goings on at the convention with VIPs and the delegate experience. Between tropical storm Isaac, convention protesters, security tie-ups, and convention business to consider, there should be a wealth of interesting things to write about.

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By Chris Ingram

I will be providing analysis throughout the week in my role as Republican analyst for Bay News 9, along with my Democrat colleague Ana Cruz and host Al Ruchel. We’ll start with a live “Political Connections” show at 11:00 a.m. on Sunday from the Forum. On Sunday night, there will likely a brief hit sometime during the RNC kick-off party from Tropicana field.

Bay News 9 will bring a local view of the convention throughout the week and Ana, Al and I will participate in the coverage with a special airing of “Political Connections” every night at 7:00 p.m.

I will also be filing my column for The Tampa Tribune every day of the convention. I plan to write on Continue reading “RNC coverage plans”

Jon Huntsman’s path to victory

With his upbeat attitude and serious focus on the issues, Huntsman makes a convincing case for his candidacy. Until now, he has been largely dismissed by both pundits and party activists – the latter whom wrongly conclude Huntsman is a moderate.

And a few things his opponents would rather you forget

By Chris Ingram

Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman was in Florida yesterday. A light day of campaigning was preceded by a coveted appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press in which Huntsman raised the issue of GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney’s electability and his repeated flip-flops.

Photo: Jon Huntsman (center) speaks with supporters Linda and Gerald Albrecht of Tampa.

 

Following his TV appearance, Jack Welch, former CEO of General Electric (who is not currently supporting anyone in the presidential contest) Tweeted, “Wow! Huntsman performance MTP (Meet the Press) very impressive. Thoughful and Presidential. Better 1on1 than debate. Deserves a second look”

From CEO’s like Welch to the few everyday Americans who are actually paying attention to the race, voters are still looking for a believable leader who lacks the baggage of candidates like Caine and Gingrich and the poll-tested and plastic nature of Mitt Romney. Huntsman may be the answer, but a lot of stars will have to line up in a row for Huntsman to become the nominee.

Live free or die

Metaphorically speaking, Huntsman has Continue reading “Jon Huntsman’s path to victory”