This Week's Rambling Thoughts

A very active day in the local political scene yesterday, with several events taking place throughout the day! 

I hear that state Rep. Sandy Adams won the Seminole County Republican Executive Committee straw poll conducted early yesterday.  Have not seen the actual results, however, I was told that she won by a respectable margin, followed by Karen DiebelCraig Miller and then Tom Garcia.  The race in district 24 is going to be close, and all the candidates involved are quality people.  It’s a good thing for Central Florida residents to have solid choices, and I don’t want to jinx anything, but I think it’s safe to say Suzanne Kosmas is in big trouble!

A tip to any budding event organizers – do not start an outdoor event at 2:00PM in Florida between May – Sept! 

The ‘Pink Slip’ Rally was held at Orlando City Hall yesterday, at, you guessed it, 2:00PM.  In all fairness to the event organizers, as stated earlier, there were several events happening, all overlapping one or the other at some point and there just weren’t many other options, without directly competeing with another event.

Despite the intense heat, the event went off well, and there was even a surprise visit by Marco Rubio!  Having heard him speak a few months back in Ft. Myers, I have to say that he has gotten really good at delivering his message.  As usual, he draws a crowd everywhere he goes, and I came close to shaking his hand, but, duty called and I had to retreat before the ‘exchange’ could take place.

Congressman Pete Sessions, the Chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee addressed the crowd, stressing the party’s strong committment to bid Alan Grayson and Suzanne Kosman adieu in November.  All candidates from both district 8 & district 24 were on hand, with the exception of Dan Webster, although, I don’t recall seeing state Rep. Kurt Kelly.  As I was told, Webster’s daughter was getting married, which is certainly an excusable event!  If Mr.Kelly was present, I apologize!

Speaking of the dastardly Alan Grayson, many were expecting him to show up, knowing his propensity to crash events and meetings.  Rumor has it that he had a couple of ‘operatives’ in the crowd, with one boldly standing directly in front of the stage area videotaping the proceedings.  My hat is off to this minion in one respect, it was hot and he stood there for quite a while, in the direct sunlight, which is no easy task!  Grayson must be paying him well!

Glaring abscences were Lew Oliver, Chairman of the Orange County Republican Executive Committee, and, a local staple at most political events, Nick Egoroff.  Could it be that the two were off fishing together…nah, don’t think there’s much chance of that!  It did seem odd that OCREC had no presence in the program, considering party leadership from Washington, D.C. was here, although, vice-chair Adam Lovejoy was present.  And, Jim Oddie came all the way in from Volusia County to represent the Republican Executive Committee of Volusia County.

NRCC Chairman Sessions met with local tea party leaders prior to the rally, including your humble correspondent.  The ‘queen’ of the Orlando Tea Party, Lisa Feroli was also in attendance.  It was a very contructive meeting and the congressman made it clear that he respects what the tea party movement is doing and understands that he needs our support to be successful in November.  Taken with a healthy dose of skepticism, it was encouraging to see the party so eager to hear what was on our minds.  A far cry from being labeled right wing extremists, domestic terrorists and racists, as the Democrat Party is so fond of doing!

It’s very clear that the Central Florida races will receive a lot of national attention after the primary, and it looks promising that we’ll soon see changes in the ‘unfortunate’ representation we now have, the Florida Tea Party political party not withstanding!  I feel it bears repeating, a thousand times over, if necessary, that the FTP political party does not represent the tea party movement, nor, those who make up the movement.  At best, it’s an opportunistic ploy to take advantage of the passion of the folks who support the movement, in my humble opinion.  And, rumors continue to abound that Alan Grayson may have some role in this endeavor!

It seems that Babs (Barbara Seidenberg) and I are becoming somewhat of minor celebrities in the local political community.  As we moved about at yesterday’s rally, surprisingly, a lot of good people approached us with words of encouragement and support.  It truly is a humbling experience to realize that one’s actions resonates with others,  possibly adding to their knowledge and inspiring them to act.  Whereas, our country is, indeed, in very troubling times, it gives me great hope to see the patriotic spirit alive in so many of my fellow citizens!

( Here’s a shameless self-plug;  Babs and I will be sitting in today for Mike Frazier on the Arise America radio program on WORL 660AM, on from 4PM – 6PM.  We will be joined by the very impressive Frantz Kebreau, of the NAACPC.  We are very grateful to Mike for giving us the opportunity to fill in, and invite all to listen in!)

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