Much has been said about the detestable weasel backstabber Charlie Crist finally doing what we all knew he was going to do–register as a Democrat.
Many Republicans, conservatives, and other Crist haters, including the officials at the Republican Party of Florida have quickly condemned Crist for essentially coming full circle and finally being “true to self” and registering as a Democrat after years of undermining conservatism.
That is the wrong approach, in my opinion.
Not to toot my own horn (toot toot), but I have been on the forefront of calling out this weasel politician for his treachery and opportunism for about seven years now. I called him out and exposed him when he was at the top, when just about every Republican adored and respected him (or pretended to out of political expediency), when his minions controlled the Republican Party of Florida (i.e., Jim Greer, George LeMieux and others), and when they were all in a position to enact political retribution–which they did. I and a handful of others called him out, and we paid the price. We were exiled from our own party, but ultimately we defeated him and his circle of crap, exposed them for the criminals they all were, and Floridians of all stripes are better off for it.
Those of us who have battled Crist over the years know him to be utterly and completely devoid of principles and conviction. As such, to say that Crist has finally come home to the Democrat Party is false. Continue reading →
After months of fundraising, campaigning, scheming, punching, and counter-punching, candidates across Florida saw the fruits of their efforts come (and go) in the couple of hours after polls closed at 7pm yesterday.
Many outcomes were expected, some were surprising, and a few were just plain bizarre. On that note, what’s up with Central Florida? I mean, they actually elected the prosecutor who botched the Casey Anthony Trial as their new State Attorney? Seriously? Oh well. I digress.
Anyway, this is a recap of election results and how things stand in some of the races we at Reaganista.com took a position on: 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 →
EDITOR’S NOTE: In the next couple of weeks, we at Reaganista.com will be analyzing races across Florida and endorsing candidates whom we believe will fight to advance the cause of conservatism. Because the number of races this August and November are overwhelming, we will not be endorsing in all of them, but rather will chime-in on those that we believe a lot is at stake. These may include local, state, federal and even internal Republican Party races.
Every four years, the Republican Party of Florida elects a new governing body known as the state committee. in addition to some at-large members chosen by statewide elected officials, the Republican State Committee is comprised of three representatives from each of the state’s 67 counties: state committeeman, state committeewoman, and county party chairman.
My first two endorsements for the Republican Party of Florida State Committee are from my original home county of Miami-Dade and my current home county of León:
The race for GOP State Committeeman in León County pits incumbent Jeff Howell against longtime activist Bert Bevis. Both men are decent Republicans with the party’s best interests at heart. However, in the past four years, I have come to know current State Committeeman Jeff Howell personally as a man committed to not only growing the Republican Party, but most importantly (to me, at least) advancing the cause of conservatism from within the party itself.
My first encounter with Jeff Howell was as a visitor to the León County Republican Executive Committee in 2009 when the committee was considering a resolution that protested efforts by the state GOP to pick sides in a primary. Specifically, this was in response to Charlie Crist’s handpicked state party chairman Jim Greer’s failed attempt to waive party rules to formally endorse Crist and undermine then-underdog candidate Marco Rubio. Continue reading →