Unfortunately, turnout in primaries is usually very low even though many of the races are truly decided now rather than in November.
Over the last several weeks, we have identified some key races and offered #ReaganistaCertified endorsements. These are races in which we felt there was a lot at stake, which is why we decided to dedicate entire articles to them, such as the Florida Congressional District 9 GOP Primary race, where we encourage everyone to support John Q (undoubtedly the most important primary in the state).
Then there are other races that although we did not dedicate whole posts to, we have decided to offer recommendations.
For a full list of recommendations and #ReaganistaCertified endorsements, please click here.
To all you solid conservative Republican candidates, good luck! To you RINOs, backstabbers, and other such malcontents, not so much.
Every conservative in Florida needs to care about the GOP primary race for the newly-drawn Congressional seat in Central Florida. Why? Because whoever Republicans in that district nominate will likely determine if the most vitriolic shrill leftist bigmouth to ever serve in congress returns to torment us for another term. I’m referring, of course, to the detestable Alan Grayson.
As you may recall, Grayson was elected in 2008 and then was defeated in 2010 by Congressman and patriot Dan Webster after serving only one term. But a humiliating defeat two years ago isn’t keeping him away.
Now he wants to run for the newly-drawn Congressional District 9 seat that encompasses Osceola County (Kissimmee and surrounding areas) and parts of Polk and Orange. The district is largely comprised of Puerto Ricans, who lean–although not blindly or overwhelmingly–Democrat. As such, Grayson would stand a decent shot at being elected to this seat if we nominate the wrong person. Continue reading →
It’s difficult sometimes to endorse a candidate when his opponent is a decent, honorable person. Such was the case when we at Reaganista.com recently urged our readers to support Jeff Brandes over Jim Frishe–Brandes in our estimation is more conservative, but we recognize that both he and Frishe are all-around good, decent guys.
But then there are races where one of the candidates is so unsavory due to both politics and personality, that it makes endorsing his or her opponent a lot more fun. Such is the case in the GOP primary for Florida’s House District 112, pitting former Senator Alex Diaz de la Portilla against former Representative and all-around detestable backstabber chivatoGus Barreiro. Continue reading →
It’s been said up here in Tallahassee that too many good, conservative bills go off to die in the Florida Senate. This is true in many cases, despite Republican control for over a decade.
When I moved up to Florida’s capital back in 2006 I quickly noticed that the Florida Senate not only claims the lives of good bills, but also seemingly good conservatives. For whatever reason, there has been a tendency by many legislators who usually voted the right way during their service in the Florida House of Representatives to get elected to the state Senate only to throw in with the leftists and RINOs on several important issues. It’s almost as if they undergo some kind of RINOmorphosis. Some attribute this to greater flexibility and independence that the Senate as an institution provides its members as opposed to the House where those in leadership have greater influence over the body.
I just call it not being principled enough, but I digress.
Whatever the reason, we conservatives need to elect those who will stay true to the conservative principles they run on. Occasionally, it is difficult to identify the solid ones from the squishes, but when we do, we need to rally around them. Continue reading →
One of the first people I came to know in politics is Miami-Dade GOP State Committeewoman Liliana Ros. Though I first met her during the Dole campaign in 1996, she did not become someone I came to know well until a few years later when I became more active in the local Republican Party down in my home county of Miami-Dade.
Besides longtime chairman and movement conservative activist Mary Ellen Miller, Liliana Ros–often referred to as the “Godmother of the Miami-Dade GOP”–has always been the go-to person for anything related with the local GOP in Miami-Dade. If an up-and-coming solid, conservative candidate didn’t enjoy the connections to, or financial support of bigwig establishment types, Liliana Ros would offer to help the candidate by throwing him a fundraiser or introducing him to the right people.
In fact, it was Liliana Ros who first introduced a young Republican activist and volunteer to the mayor of West Miami when he wanted to run for that small town’s council. That introduction eventually earned him that mayor’s support, which helped him win that first race. That young councilman then ran for and won a seat in the State House, and in his last year as a legislator went on to serve as Florida’s first Hispanic Speaker of the Florida House of Representatives. This story can be verified in Senator Marco Rubio’s recently-released memoir, “An American Son.” Continue reading →