I think Governor Scott has done a marvelous job cleaning up the mess the reckless Charlie Crist left behind and has been a great governor overall. However, who he picks as LG may very well be a determining factor in a close election come next year.
So because the LG issue has been the talk of Tallahassee lately, I figured I’d throw in my $0.02:
Some have criticized the length of time it has taken to pick a LG; I’m not one of them. I believe it should be a thoughtful, deliberative process rather than a knee-jerk decision based on what benefits you personally (i.e., Charlie Crist tapping his chief-of-staff and campaign manager George LeMieux to fill a US Senate vacancy so he could warm the seat for him and fundraise while in DC).
That being said, criticisms and negative press will continue flowing until a pick is made. The lack of official information coming out of the governor’s office in regard to the LG issue is a vacuum that is and will continue being filled by the “unnamed insider” types leaking information to a hungry media. Whether the information is true or false is not the point: the point is, the governor’s office has little control over the information coming out. Naming an LG restores control on that issue.
Naming an LG also provides another voice and another set of boots on the ground to get your message out.
It is no surprise that Governor Scott, despite his many achievements, is still upside-down on his approval numbers. As such, the party, his campaign and he himself have to focus on bringing up those numbers by touting his accomplishments and staying positive. He is not yet in a position where he can tear down his opponent enough to win, especially if that opponent is Crist whose sunny (and vomitous) disposition is hard to crack.
Yesterday one of my Twitter followers alerted me to the fact that the League of Women Voters Florida Chapter was visiting Cuba this week. While I had heard that they had indeed visited Cuba in the past, I figured it was a one-time thing they did as some sort of civics outreach project. I was wrong. So I decided to go ahead and dig a little deeper into their activities, and what I found was downright shocking and outrageous. Apparently, the League of Women Voters, which fancies itself a voting rights group, among other things, has organized multiple “delegation trips” to the Communist island since 2011 after Obama legalized so-called “person-to-person” travel. Traveling to Cuba under this system involves arrangements with U.S. and Cuban government-authorized operators and strict schedules of “educational” and “cultural” activities that are organized and led by Cuban government-approved tour guides. This is evident by the very videos, online brochures and other information that the League of Women Voters Florida has put out to promote these trips. A promo video released just three days ago by the League’s official YouTube account includes pictures of beautiful Cuban scenery, happy natives, impressive old buildings (built before Castro, of course), classic cars (American, and before Castro, of course) various tourist spots, smiling children in communist pioneer uniforms, and several images glorifying Communist butcher Che Guevara. Missing were pictures of dilapidated buildings, gulags, empty grocery store shelves, beaten dissidents, ration cards and food lines. I guess the tour guides didn’t take them to where the regular natives live. Oh, but the video does end with a web link to instructions on how to visit Cuba. Here’s the promo video: Continue reading →
It is no secret that several figures in Florida politics have been targets as part of my campaign to expose the opportunist perpetual candidate Charlie Crist over the years.
Long before his first party switch in 2010, I maintained that Crist could not have engaged in the betrayal, corruption and dereliction of his duties as governor if not for an inner circle of enablers.
Many of those in that inner circle profited handsomely off their association with Crist. For example: Jim Greer was tapped by Crist to head the Republican Party of Florida and up until he was busted for various crimes, lived the most extravagant of lifestyles in that role as chairman; and disgraced ponzi schemer and Crist fundraiser (read: bagman) Scott Rothstein was appointed to the powerful Judicial Nominating Commission (JNC) and enjoyed unfettered access to Crist, so much so that he referred to himself as “the President of (expletive) Florida.”
There are others, but no one personally benefited more from Crist than the man he dubbed the “Maestro” for his role as campaign manager. Of course, that is George LeMieux. Continue reading →
It is no secret that for at least the past eight years, I have been exposing Charlie Crist as utterly unprincipled, opportunistic, and corrupt.
My belief that he was a menace even compelled me to privately vote against him in the 2006 General Election, which marked the first time I had ever voted for a Democrat in a major election, or perhaps ever.
For the first few years of his administration, I and a small group of principled activists in the Republican Party openly criticized Charlie Crist and his minions like Jim Greer and other bootlickers for running amok and personally profiting off their mutual mischief and were exiled from our party for doing so.
Our issue was not necessarily Crist’s public policy pursuits–although the disagreements were numerous–or his incessant pandering, or even his countless flip-flops. Our main objection to Crist was what he was doing with the instrumentalities under his direct control. That is, the irresponsibility with which he conducted himself as head of Florida state government and titular head of the Republican Party. Continue reading →
My friend Will Patrick over at Florida Watchdog has uncovered an interesting little story that might raise a few eyebrows in Tallahassee. Stephen Ross, owner of the perpetually-disappointing NFL team Miami Dolphins recently gave a $200 million gift to his alma mater the University of Michigan for capital improvements to the–you guessed it–Stephen M. Ross Business School and Stephen M. Ross Athletic Campus.
I for one do not begrudge him or anyone else for giving personal, hard-earned money away to causes they care about, especially if it was not compelled by a bunch of hack politicians who are generous with other people’s money through their tax-and-spend policies.
What’s is irritating about this situation is that only months ago he hired a team of lobbyists to come to Tallahassee to urge the Legislature to appropriate hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars to renovate the Miami Dolphins’ Joe Robbie Stadium (or whatever it’s called this week).
So let’s get this straight. He comes to Tallahassee demanding that taxpayers fund multimillion renovations to his privately-owned stadium, but then he goes off and gives $200 million of his own personal money to a public, taxpayer-subsidized university?