OPINION: Goodbye Blue, Hello Red, Taking Out the Local Trash
OPINION: by Preston J. Carter
The American people have spoken and despite the corrupt left-wing media, foul mouthed rappers, movie star opinions, political sidestepping (on both sides of the aisle), double talking, hypocritical supporters of “Crooked Hillary,” Donald Trump still prevailed and will take his place in History as our 45th President of the United States.
Now we can rekindle the “Shining light upon the hill” and delete the failures of the previous administration, much like Hillary Clinton did with 33,000 emails.
But enough gloating; what I really want to do is talk about a few of our local politicians and offer my opinion of some of the biggest winners and losers from last night’s election.
Blaise Ingoglia: What can’t this guy do? He won his re-election for State Representative with 62% of the vote. As Chair of the local Republican Party he swept all the local elections, including unseating the only Democrat on the commission. As Chairman of the Republican Party of Florida, he delivered the state’s 29 electoral votes to the Republican nominee Donald Trump, for the first time since 2004 and with no help from Gov. Rick Scott.
Shirley Anderson: She won by the largest margin with 67.93% of the vote. And, oh, by the way, she ran a smooth election with record turnout. Remember those long lines at the polls in 2012 under Annie Williams? They were nowhere to be found.
John Allocco: John, who also serves as the Vice Chairman of the Hernando County Republican Party beat incumbent commissioner Diane Rowden by over 16 percentage points. He did it relying on a message of his background as a small businessman and not being a career politician.
Sheriff Al Nienhuis: He has two new pro-law enforcement commissioners to work with in John Allocco and Steve Champion. Budget negotiations anyone? Candidates and current commissioners should think twice about picking a fight with a popular sheriff in an election year.
Ana Trinque: The past Chairwoman of the Hernando County Republican Party was one of the local Trump campaign co-chairs. She won “Big League.”
Hernando County Democratic Party: They again lose every race in spectacular fashion. Not one race was even remotely close. They are so bad and so vastly outnumbered by Republicans in this county, it’s a wonder why Democratic candidates even run anymore.
Jimmy Lodato: He thought that helping the schools pass the half cent sales tax would propel him to a county commission seat in his third attempt, and still lost against an extremely unpopular incumbent.
I think it’s time for Lodato to finally retire as a Democrat – Republican – Independent, or whatever he feels is fitting for his political legacy.
Political Contributors: By fielding Democrat opponents in races they know they can’t win, local donors pour big money into local races only to be wasted on political mailers and TV ads they shouldn’t have to. That money would be better served saying in the community and creating jobs.
Dan DeWitt and the Tampa Bay Times: The uber-left columnist who loves to take shots at Republicans and their policies will now have to deal with the realization that the vast majority of the county doesn’t agree with him. Nor do they care about what he thinks. He does a much better job kissing the derriere of Hernando County School Superintendent, Lori Romano.
Leonard Sossamon: The embattled county administrator will not have many friends on this county commission, now that his side-kick, Diane Rowden, has been ousted from the Board. The newest commissioners, John Allocco and Steve Champion are both successful business owners and will not have the wool pulled over their eyes.
Hernando is red, Florida is red, the Nation is red, and we have the will of the American people to thank for that.
Goodbye corruption. Hello prosperity.
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