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With RPOF Ineptitude, Is Governor Rick Scott in Jeopardy?

by Javier Manjarres

Its no secret that former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is eyeballing another run for governor in 2014 against Governor Rick Scott, as Crist continues to make calls to Florida Democrat legislators as he tests the waters of their support.  For those of you who think it’s unlikely that narcissistic Crist will be able to reclaim the governorship as a Democrat- Barack Obama won Florida and the presidency again on an even thinner record of accomplishment and a campaign of deceit. 

Now that the candidate that Crist endorsed for president is getting set for his second term of private sector destruction, Crist is now stepping up his meritless attacks against Scott by accusing him of “voter suppression” for not extending early voting in Florida.

While Crist would be welcomed by some Democrats, many Democrat politicos are still on the fence about his potential candidacy and would much rather have one of their own run against Scott, who already has a big bulls-eye around his re-election efforts.  

 And of course, Crist will be relying on his stalwart Republican allies in Florida politics who will undoubtedly back his campaign-

Crist is already pressing the Democrat flesh around the state, most recently at luncheon hosted by the Poynter Institute  where he was joined by his 2010 Senatorial race Political director Michelle Todd, moderately Republican State Senator Jack Latvala, his longtime friend and surrogate Greg Truax, as well some of  Pinellas County’s most irresponsible political hacks who still remain true believers of him.-Shark Tank

At it current stands, Governor Scott is still struggling with low approval numbers, and given the shellacking that Republicans across the state just took, the road to re-election may be a lot more difficult for the governor than anyone expected.

The governor relies on the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) to carry out most of the GOTV operations for statewide Republican candidates.  But given how poorly state and local Republican organizations failed to increase Republican voter rolls and turn out existing Republican voters, Scott’s re-election bid is already in serious jeopardy- something must be done to overhaul the party’s GOTV operations and substantially improve the party’s ground game and direct contact with voters.  

Another concern that needs to be addressed is the known fact that there are RPOF staffers  in collusion with clownish anti-Rick Scott blogger(s) who  have very close ties to Crist, and could still have some allegiance to the once popular governor of Florida.

Several Republican county chairmen have already announced that they would not be seeking re-election to their posts, and a couple of whom mentioned that they were ‘sick’ of the status quo from the state party and strongly criticized the state party for doing little to help Republican candidates win elections in 2012.

To the RPOF’s credit, they did  send some mailers against Democrat Senator-elect Maria Sachs as well as TV commercials against her and a few other Democrats candidates around the state- but that was about it.

Something’s got to give in Tallahassee.  If Governor Scott is going to have any chance of beating the Democrat grassroots juggernaut, the RPOF has to get serious about overhauling its GOTV and greatly expanding its turnout operations- we’ve got to make Democrats play defense in the communities that they traditionally run the table with.  Scott is one of the few firewalls that Republicans have against the destructive consequences of ObamaCare in the state- the party had better start getting its act together now if we want to continue losing close statewide election to a party that runs fantastic campaigns but has no clue how to actually govern- just ask President Obama.

Related: Latvala’s Senate President Bid

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Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators.

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  • REC member

    RPOF has failed. Curry needs to go. I CANNOT believe the GOP lost this state to Obama…TWICE! Idiots!

  • geoffharvard

    For a cheap laugh, try googling the search terms Charlie Crist and Green Iguana, but I guess this is old news.

  • Arturo

    You can expect to see Obama in Florida campaigning for Crist if he becomes the Democratic nominee. No matter what he says, Crist wants to regain his glory days by becoming Governor, again. RPOF needs to get it’s act together. The Florida Legislature also needs to make sure they address the voter fraud issues now, before the state is completely hijacked. They should be all over the Allen West race.

  • http://catholicbook.com mascmen7

    Crist is about 40% popularity so Crist could win only if he survived a Dem primary which is unlikely.

  • Crist and Wasserman

    Former Florida Governor Charlie Crist is eyeballing another run for governor in 2014. Let’s remember that the inept Crist has the Slip ‘n’ Fall lawfirm of Morgan & Morgan at his back. To make the circle complete, so too does Debbie Wasserman-Schultz. Both are joined at the hip with John Morgan.

    Leave the running of Florida to Crist and Wasserman and watch the histrionics of the Big Nothing and Motormouth provide the entertainment. Should be fun!!!

  • Dagny

    The problem with the Republican party is that they pick out the candidates for us out of their own cesspool of corrupted neocon candidates. During the primary they shut out good potential candidates for the senatorial race. They wanted their dunkard Mack and they nominated him by shutting out anyone else that could have won against Nelson because they were addressing the real issues that the Republican do not want to address. The GOP and the RNC did the same thing with Romney. They left a trail of voter fraud across the nation just to get him nominated and then he lost. Romney is the most liberal candidate ever to run on the Republican platform. What they pulled at the convention was equally despicable. Maybe now they will realize that they cannot control the people, that their message sucks and that we will not buy their BS anymore. We want real conservatives and not their new brand of socialists. Scott has got to go also. Sorry, but he is another neocon that has been pissing many conservative Republican off from the get-go. These rinos that keep getting elected will bring down the party. Americans need to wake up because they are also pushing their unconstitutional candidates on the people in preparation of 2016 because they still don’t get it. The Rs and Ds equally are shredding the Constitution. And if this trend continues, they will again bomb out in 2016.

    • Patruit

      Agree, wholeheartedly – the GOP picks our candidate pool, and it has been a cesspool, of late.

  • OneConservative

    I agree. The GOP must begin to use smarter, tougher tactics, and at the same time exercise the strictest ethics in regrouping. Crist was a disaster in his previous tenure and would be even worse the second time around with his brazen liberal ties and practices. Remember the bullet train?
    RPOF, get with it! This is not impossible. The state and even the country depend on it.

  • Perseids

    When Scott took office every single solitary soul within the RPOF structure should have been cashiered and tossed out the door on their collective ass. It had to be one of the most corrupt state “republican” organizations in the country. The good, if there was any, would just have had to suffer for the bad in that cleansing. It is still not too late to clean house up there. It might not be a bad idea to request All County Chairman to step aside too. Fresh blood in that coagulated group of hardened arteries could only improve our chances in the future. The RPOF tried with all it had to take out Scott in the primary so as to clear the path for little Billy. I’ve yet to find any information regarding any audit of monies spent by them during that period to who for what?

    Scott has been less than aggressive in promoting himself and his accomplishments with the public around the state. He isn’t a glamor queen like crist, he’s about getting the job done.

    So, last cycle, ’10, the RPOF chose to spend Your Money to take our a republican candidate running for Governor to favor “their chosen boy”.

    I know this is most likely just a coincidence but who do you think Brother Jeb endorsed in that race??? Hummm.

  • Dmitry

    I just changed my party registration to NPA. The speed Romney rushed to concede with ignoring obvious massive election fraud, including outright criminal assault on Allen West, makes the name GOP (leave alone RPOF) itself stink to the level beyond repair. Folks, start thinking OUTSIDE of R box for all intents and purposes of 2014, 2016, and for the next 50 years because this sandbox is no longer ours (was it ever REALLY the one?). We need to get together with good people of Texas, Louisiana, and other southern brothers for real creative thinking and… ACTION!

  • http://2UPR CraigInFlorida

    Well, as a registered Republican all my life, I have never been so dissatisfied–if not outright embarrassed with our current poorest excuse for a governor! To my way of thinking if there is anyone who is narcissistic, and on a power trip, it would be Rick Scott. Isn’t it enough he bought his way into the office? As the CEO of HCA, either he was incredibly inept and downright stupid to NOT know what was going on with his company’s multi-million dollar Medicare fraud, of it not he should have been put in jail! His conduct so far borders on the moronic and mean-spirited, calloused and clueless. He’s a national embarrassment…just like the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer. The real tragedy would be that the Florida electorate would be dumb enough to re-elect such a horse’s … The best thing for the state would be for Mr. Scott to move back to Naples–and I’m talkin’ Italy!

  • Carlos

    What lost it for Crist in 2010 was The Hug-obamacare. By the time the next election comes around, Obamacare will have exacted some real pain on the $ of the morons who voted for it. Scott will benefit, esp. if he doubles down on his oppostition and demonizing the movement that opposed removing it from FL. Maybe even an Exec. Order, steal a pg. from the clown who stole the election.

  • interloper

    Dumbass reps When we e-mail u and tell what the voters want and u ignore us what do you expect!!!! rick scott has SCREWED STATE EMPLOYEES who do u think is voting dem now!!!! Why do u think u can run a candidate who is against abortion like u did 4yrs ago and win? I think u are throwing the elections on purpose! Why vote??????????????

  • Sally

    Clean it all up Rick! The RPOF does nothing to help good Conservative candidates. And they screw up every election as well!

  • SSMcDonald

    “RPoF ineptitude.” That truly states it best. Until that elitist establishment bunch is totally replaced, nothing positive is going to change in Florida.

  • Russell

    I’m a life long Republican and I hate to admit this, but on state issues, I find myself agreeing more with the Dems than my own party.

    Education is one example. I support school choice, but if private schools are going to take taxpayer money, shouldn’t they be held to the same standards as public schools? Also, I think that if a student makes passing grades they should be allowed to graduate. I’m tired of the rhetoric about the FCAT. I can’t see any tangible results from it and its only accomplishment is to get teachers to teach to a test. Likewise, back it 2010 GOP lawmakers pushed a bill to make public teachers pay match performance. That sounded good on paper but in reality didn’t work. How do measure a ESE teacher to the one teaching honors students?

    Another area has to do with local government. As a conservative, I believe the best government is the one closest to home. But due to budget cuts, Tallahassee has been on a power grab. Those constitutional amendments on this year’s ballot would have hurt local governments and could have paved the way for higher sales tax or worse, state income tax. I’m all for lower taxes but lets get some real reform, not gimmicks.

  • C. Lon Smith

    Gov Scott, you have the POWER . . . use it! Your ‘Apple-Jack’ supporter!

  • marla

    Rick scott is a greedy person with no ethics except to help his wealthy friends in high places to get ahead. Why did we allow someone who does not care about the middle class and who has a history of questionable dishonest policies in office? He is the first one to deplete people who need it of assistance, as he steals from everyone who by eliminating help for individuals who were displaced at no fault of their own such as hardworking people whose jobs got sent abroad. He is cutting down unemployment benefits and there are more seminars to take up your time while looking for work to line his wealth friend at workforce ones pockets. By the time you get close to finding a decent job( for professionals,not minimum wage workers) your benefits will run out. No one is politics has ever made me as angry and sick to my stomach, no wonder he is the most disliked governer in all of the US. How can we get him out of office…fast?