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Posted on 10/04/2013 7:53:50 PM PDT by Tailgunner Joe
LAKE BUENA VISTA Hundreds of top state Republican Party donors and officials celebrated their partys political success at a fundraising dinner Friday night, but concern about the government shutdown and its potential political effects hovered in the background.
In a caucus meeting just before the dinner, members of the governing executive committee of the party voted by acclamation for a resolution expressing support for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a leader of the congressional tea party forces who refused to pass a measure continuing government funding, including the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.
Cruz has caught criticism even from some fellow Republicans in Congress for his role in the shutdown.
If the partys board of trustees gives final approval of the resolution today, the party will send letters of support to Cruz and others in Congress who backed him, said Pasco County GOP state committeeman Bill Bunting.
Hard-core party activists in the crowd werent worried about the shutdown, which Democrats say will hurt the Republicans image heading into the 2014 elections.
Speakers at the dinner made few direct references to the shutdown, except for Gov. Rick Scott, who contrasted the federal budget wrangling with Floridas balanced budget. Scott talked to the crowd on closed circuit television from Tallahassee after canceling his planned in-person appearance because of Tropical Storm Karen.
The governor cited economic figures that will be part of his coming re-election campaign paying down state debt, cutting unemployment and bringing back jobs lost in the Great Recession.
Weve got a lot of things to be proud about, Scott said.
State party Chairman Lenny Curry, speaking with his arm in a sling from a rotator cuff injury in his shoulder, told the crowd Republicans are far and away the dominant party in state politics.
After winning full control of state government in 1998, he said, Now look at our bench Republicans hold all three elected state Cabinet seats as well as the governorship and majorities in both houses of the Legislature.
Asked whether he considers the shutdown a political problem for the party, Curry said, Look, there are varying voices within the Republican Party. Its my job to keep those caucuses and those differing opinions in the same tent.
But some Republicans present, particularly elected officials, spoke cautiously and with some indications of concern, hoping for a quick end to the shutdown.
Asked whether the shutdown could be a problem for Republicans, Chief Financial Officer Jeff Atwater said, Its a problem for the country.
I think theyre going to get it resolved and not let the country default on its debt, he said.
Jorge Bonilla, who hopes to run in 2014 against liberal Democratic firebrand Rep. Alan Grayson of Orlando, called the sutdown regrettable and an unfortunate failure of leadership, for which he blamed the Democratic-controlled Senate and President Barack Obama.
Others said it could be a bigger problem for the party.
In most congressional districts, it wont be a problem, because of districting, which has created safe GOP districts, said Gainesville-based strategist and pollster Alex Patton. But at the more macro level, state and national races, it could be significant.
Via email, Pasco County tax collector and former state legislator Mike Fasano also said hes concerned.
If the shutdown begins to impact the debate on the raising of the debt ceiling, then there could be serious consequences that extend far beyond the government shutdown, he said. Asked whether it shows a split in the party, he said, There is a vocal minority in the GOP that is getting more attention than it perhaps deserves.
Does Charlie Crist support?
The title specifically says ‘leaders’ not ‘bedwetters’.
The RINOS are becoming more isolated. Time to liquidate them.
Now get rid of Bondi.
Read this and the last couple dozen posts.. Then get back to me.
Thanks for your consideration.
Good stuff. Thank you for the link. Also very important to target local school board elections. Get conservatives in there to fight commie core.
Where’s Jebs comment?
Is Jeb AWOL missing?
Love that! He’s more handsome than Mel ever thought about being ;-)
Given Florida Republicans record for U.S. Senate endorsements, I wonder if this is the first bad sign for Ted Cruz. ;-)
Figured you would like that. Hope to get laotzu on board with us. He has PTSD from his last GOP foray, though.
Are you going to try the grassroots strategy? It works and now is the time to start to position yourself to be a district or state delegate next year.
We are turning GA. Check this out.
I don’t know if FL has one.
Well, I am getting involved with a Tea Party group, so I’ll push us to really infiltrate the GOP.
Correction: I shouldn’t say “Florida Republicans” (obviously some Florida Republicans have tried to nominate good candidates), but rather “Florida GOP Leaders” (who have continuously sucked at choosing U.S. Senate candidates)
” - - - Asked whether it shows a split in the party - - - “
There is no “split in the party.”
The RINO Party ended when “Romneycare” Romney struck out in the big Presidential RINO Game in November, 2012.
Earlier, batter Bob Dole struck out.
Batter “Whacko” McCain made it strike out number two.
Romney never even took the bat off his shoulder, and was called out for three fast balls right down the middle.
Oh sure, there are still a few who try to cover themselves with scraps of some long-gone “Big Tent,” it truly is a pathetic sight - - - .
It’ll work. Libertarians who aren’t cross threaded between the ears can help too! LOL
I attended a discussion in the Heartland of Florida with Gov. Scott. It was about Education and Economic Development. It was not a political event. He stated what has been accomplished with job creation ( close to 400,000) and how we need an educated workforce. Manufacturing is a goal. Florida has invested in export, improving our ports on both coasts.
The Heartland of Florida is South of Orlando in central Fl., halfway between the coasts, AG has been the economic driver in the Heartland’ and still is. Coke just procured 50.000 acres to supply their Minute Made product. He wants to train people in the logistics of exporting, then lure manufactures. Florida is a right to work state, and can ship to the world. We will soon pass New York and become the 3rd largest State in the Union.
The Heartland of Florida has a lot of âindependent minded peopleâ,salt of the earth people, not the beaches most people associate Florida with.
I have not agreed with everything he has done, but the guy is genuine and his heart is in the right place. He is a business man and politics can upset ones direction. A lot of the non glossy stuff has changed for the better. As of now, he has my support!
Getting good people on the state school board / superintendent level is where to stop common core. The state is where curriculum is approved.
Hey Marco. Betcha that stings, don't it?
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The RINO’s still run the Republican Party organization but they need to fake support for Cruz right now because otherwise the grassroots would rise up against them.
Hopefully the Tea Party group isn’t fronting for the Republican Party machine......
Expandng Medicare under Obamacare like other liberal Republican governors have and getting into the prosecution-persecution of George Zimmerman with Angela Corey’s appointment tells me another story about Rick Scott.
Scott comes from the hospital industry that was concerned about how Obamacare would affect their business so he came into the political system like so many special interest people do.
He represents the business-political elite in this country who support more spending and a higher national debt to keep the ecomomy temporarily afloat while the debt train heads to its bursting point and ultimate economic disaster.
Crist officially switched to the democrats some time ago.
He’s considering another bid for Governor, a new PPP poll shows he’d have a huge lead in the rat primary and leads Rick Scott by 12 in the general.
Considering that Scott appointed the Witch Corey to persecute Zimmerman, his political death is not unwarranted. Crist should have his political energy driven to below Zer0 too.
Jeb made some mealy-mouth contribution last week. He's GOPe all the way, so I wouldn't expect anything gutsy or definitive out of that guy. He's keeping a low profile, waiting to see how things turn out. Meanwhile, his niece is campaigning for Hillary.
Scott is unpopular and weak, we really oughta primary him, (all potential challengers passed AFAIK).
He can probably beat Nan Rich, but I’d have trouble seeing him beat the Orange Menace.
I agree. Our chances of winning are very slim if Scott is our nominee in the general election. How much time is left to recruit a top tier candidate? Doesn't FL have a late Governor's primary? (funny how all these states that get to vote early in the Presidential primary hold their Governor primaries at the last minute)
I still can't figure out how Scott ended up being the GOP nominee last time around. He literally came out of nowhere and won the primary in an upset.
Well said and true. Im a resident of S Florida, live most of the year in SA but try to stay politically active.
Florida has a lot going for business and some damn good laws!
Having said that, Florida also has a reputation as the scam capitol of the US. Especially S. Florida.
The entrenched RAT class of Broward and Miami Dade counties pushes biz out at every opportunity. A real shame.
They do have a late primary, it’s been in September in the past, now it’s August 12th. Filing deadline for state offices is June 6th. (For some reason federal offices have an earlier filing deadline, April 18th)
There is one second or third tier challenger, Elizabeth Cuevas-Neunder, President of the “Puerto Rican Chamber of Commerce of Florida”. She sounds like a RINO and her website is very low quality.
I believe all the major players have passed, I hope one reconsiders, we have time.
Yeah, I don’t see any substantive GOP challenger at this point. If there was, they’d have floated their name by now. Still, there is a way to pull it off against the Orange Menace. If we know “for sure” he’s getting in, the best thing for the GOP and its allies to do is to remind Democrat primary voters of ALL of his Republican actions (initiatives, deeds, appointments, quotes, et al). Completely wrap the mantle of “Conservative Republican” around his neck. That will really irk the Dem base and remind them he is nothing but a rank opportunist and has paid no dues to deserve their nomination.
Still, barring a complete meltdown, he will probably win the nomination. By this time, it will have been an “ugly” win, and he will have turned off enough Dem primary voters for the general. After he gets the nod, spend the rest of the election season linking him to the unpopular Zero and that (again) he is a flipflopping opportunist and fraudster.
By that time, the Dems will also be likely facing another 2010. Scott should stay above the fray and eke out another term.
I’ve lived in Florida for 35 years,
“Florida GOP leaders backing Cruz”?
Florida’s GOP has “leaders”?
You can’t figure out how Rick Scott beat McCollum for the GOP gubernatorial nomination despite his lack of experience or political skills? It was 2010, and all a candidate had to do was claim to be “Tea Party,” irrespective of whether they were true conservatives (much less whether they could win a general election). Despite the considerable wind in the back of all Republicans in Florida (and pretty much nationwide), Scott came close to losing the general against the underwhelming candidacy of Democrat Alex Sink. Frankly, I would prefer that Scott change his mind and forgo reelection, and have Adam Putnam or Jeff Atwater run for governor.
Thanks for your support.
What I propose is sort of an Alinsky type strategy. I frequently do the “make the other side live up to their own standard”, and the ridiculing.
Stay in touch.
Another one of my Alinsky-ish strategies is using the “If you press a negative hard enough, it will break through to the other side.”
If a leftist says something stupid, like “You just want to starve kids” I immediately agree quite emphatically. A quizzical look and silence follows, like when a dog is chasing your car and you stop and let him catch you. Then I follow with something like “I just want to do it. Your side is actively starving children by stealing the money they have yet to earn to buy votes for political power today. Strangely, stealing other peoples’ money makes you feel good about your motives. Who should feel guilty?”
I heard Jamie Dupree say yesterday on Hannity’s radio show that a rule of thumb in Dirty City is (paraphrasing): “If it takes more than two sentences to explain your position on an issue, you lose.”
Pat Hughes (an unknown wealthy businessman that our self-proclaimed "conservative leaders" rallied around as the only "viable" conservative candidate) tried that against Mark Kirk here in Illinois, and got less than 20% in the 2010 U.S. Senate primary.