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By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

Ah, June…less than 90 days away from the August primary.

Which means the sweltering heat is here to stay, and, we are now entering ‘mud-slinging’ season.  Unfortunately, the candidate with the best PR firm is typically the candidate most likely to have success.  Buyer beware!

Speaking of mud-slinging, and this extends beyond politics, are people so quick to spread lies and distortions about others because we, as a society, are so eager to believe everything we hear?

So, has Rick Scott shaken up the governor’s race or what?  Some Bill McCollum supporters are down right angry about Scott entering the race.  A good indication that Scott is a serious threat, and an even better indication that McCollum will struggle to match him dollar for dollar.

With the arrest this week of former RPOF chairman Jim Greer, many are waiting for the other shoe to drop.  Is it possible that Greer is the lone criminal element in the party, or is this just the beginning of a long overdue unraveling?  Regardless of your take on this, it’s yet another black eye for Republicans in Florida. 

With so much riding on the November election, it seems the biggest obstacle to success for conservatives is the continued poor judgement of the RPOF.

Just as we see at a national level, the culture of corruption exists only because we, the people, allow it to exist.  Ran across an incredible quote from Thomas Jefferson, that truly resonates today; “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction, to wit: by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, its necessary consequence.”

It appears that the Democrat party is beginning to abandon scandal marred Kendrick Meek and are cozing up to Charlie Crist, who’s starting to make RINO’s look like solid, staunch conservatives.  Ol’ Charlie’s decision to run as an Independent is really creating havoc in this race, and, with ‘moderate’ Republicans and disgruntled Democrats potentially supporting Crist, it’s no longer a comfortable scenerio for Marco Rubio.  What a disastrous outcome, and a truly sad reflection on the state of Florida, if Crist pulls this off.

Not much excitement in the race to replace McCollum as FL attorney general, other than Pam Bondi’s answer that wasn’t an answer.  I did get the chance to meet Holly Benson, another candidate in this race, at the OCREC Meet & Greet yesterday afternoon.  I have to say, I was impressed with her sincerity and determination, as well as her commitment to see the ObamaCare lawsuit through, if elected.  Not being as knowledgable as I should be on her background, I’m sure there’ll be a quick response from her detractor’s pointing out all of her shortcomings, which is, sadly, the downside of politcs.

Speaking of the OCREC event, Bill McCollum did make an appearance and spoke briefly to the crowd.  (A side note here, the person who comes up with a good, quality sound system that’s inexpensive and truly portable will be a popular individual.)  Other candidates present were Craig Miller, Sandy Adams, Bruce O’Donoghue and, wait for it…Matt Falconer!  Like him or not, there’s little argument that Matt is the hardest working candidate out there!  No sign of Dan Webster

On the national scene, confident in the backing of the White House, the extreme far left, including Bill Ayers and Code Pink, have now injected themselves into the Middle East problem.  Things can only improve from here, right?  Also, Janet Napolitano just returned from Saudi Arabia, where she was assisting the Saudi’s with border security, and the Mexican government has opened an office in California to assist illegal immigrants here in America with getting identification cards.

And, Barack Obama and Rahm Emanuel have taken advantage of yet another crisis by announcing a moratorium on permits for drilling new offshore oil wells.  This decision is adding insult to injury for hundreds, if not thousands, in the devastated region, as layoffs have already begun.

Yes, Adam, we are living in the Twilight Zone!  The military has a term for the current state of affairs in America – S.N.A.F.U.  

Speaking of the twilight zone, I’ve gotten all the way through this column without mentioning the dastardly Alan Grayson, so I won’t mention that he sent out a email this week that gave the ‘appearance’ that he was promoting the Florida Tea Party third party candidate.  Hmmm, now why would he want to do that….

Tom Tillison

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