More Rambling Thoughts – Friday Edition

100_0024By Tom Tillison
Orlando Political Press

When asked this week about Rick Scott, Republican candidate Teresa Jacobs had this to say; “I haven’t come out on that race, I’m staying out of everybody else’s campaign.”

Strategic or not, this is unacceptable.  The RPOF requires Republican Executive Committee members to sign a ‘loyalty oath’, yet, this sentiment apparently doesn’t apply to Republican ‘candidates’.  I’m curious how Jacobs would feel if Rick Scott supporters found themselves “staying out” of her campaign when voting?

And, now that we are on the subject, early voting has been ongoing for five days and we are now just eleven days from Nov 2nd and Bill McCollum still has not come out in support of Rick Scott…

Heard a very interesting theory this week on this whole matter…it was suggested that the Republican Party is working hard on obtaining a super majority at the ballot box, thereby, rendering the Governor’s seat expendable and allowing the current power structure to remain intact.  Being a Tallahassee outsider, Scott is certainly viewed as a threat by some Republican power brokers.  Status quo will not be the order of the day if Scott is sitting in the Governor’s seat.

Those who make up the tea party are often accused of being naive by the experienced politico’s, and this may be one time when this is an accurate charge.  The tea party movement wants so badly to believe that we are all in this for the right reasons.  For what’s best for our children and our country.  It certainly gives one reason to pause when considering the price some are willing to pay for self preservation.

It is not a stretch to say that the Governor of Florida will play a key role in the 2012 Presidential Election…four more years of Barack Obama’s Progressive agenda, and the failure to repeal ObamaCare, could be that price.

Sarah Palin is in town tomorrow!  She will be headlining the RNC 2010 Victory Rally at the Orlando World Center Marriott Resort & Convention Center.  Additional speakers will include RNC Chairman Michael Steele and Republican Senatorial candidate Marco Rubio.  The event begins at 3:00PM, with doors opening at 1:45 PM.  Arrive early, traffic will be heavy!  

For tickets visit: or call 1-800-370-9323.  Orlando Political Press has an assortment of complimentary general admission tickets for those in need!  Contact me @ [email protected]

Local radio personality Bud Hedinger was questioning why Rick Scott is not part of this event on his show yesterday, suggesting that there are dubious reasons behind this.  With all due respect, it doesn’t take a political strategist to understand that Scott is in a battle for the independent vote, which will decide the gubernatorial race.  While Sarah Palin is the darling of the right, of which, Scott, outside of the RPOF, has secured that vote, she very well may drive some independents away.

Rumor has it that Bud and Bill McCollum are good friends…there’s that name again!

Bottom line, fair or not, should Rick Scott falter at the polls, the blame will be placed squarely on the shoulders of the Republican Party of Florida by many, particularly by those within the tea party movement.  Shoulders that past experience has shown to be wanting…

Speaking of the tea party, the Central Florida Tea Party Council proudly presents the Orlando premiere of ‘Battle for America’ tonight at the Premiere Cinema 14 – Fashion Square Mall!  Writer, director and producer Stephen Bannon will be our special guest.  

This is a great event for family and friends that will get them engaged in this year’s political awakening.  Tickets are free and can be ordered here;


Central Florida Tea Party Council

Proudly Presents

The Orlando Movie Premiere of

“Battle For America”

 With Special Guest 

Stephen Bannon

Writer  ●  Director  ●  Producer  ●  Patriot

West Orlando Tea Party – –


Friday, October 22nd, 2010 – 7:00PM  

Do not miss this event!!

Premiere Cinema 14 – Fashion Square Mall

3201 E. Colonial Drive, Orlando, FL 32803
Tickets Are Free – Seating Is Limited


Please Click REGISTER at this Event Announcement Site


 Stephen K. Bannon: Writer/Director/Producer – Mr. Bannon is chairman and CEO of Affinity Media, the largest digital asset exchange and content company in the video game space. He is a former Naval Officer, Honors Graduate of Harvard Business School, and a former M&A Investment Banker at Goldman Sachs. An award winning film-maker, Mr. Bannon was the writer/director of “In the Face of Evil” the classic account of Ronald Reagan’s long struggle with communism. He has produced and executive produced and financed numerous films, including “Titus Andronicus” and “The Last 600 Meters”.


A special ‘Thank You’ to Armando Gutierrez and Sloane Mackenzie Public Affairs for sponsoring the event.

Interest in this event is very high and seating is very limited. Register TODAY!


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