Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Florida’s Biggest Political Feuds 2011 Pt. 2

In Uncategorized on December 20, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Here we are. Part 2 of the biggest political conflicts in Florida this year. Yesterday, we talked about high speed rail, the occupy movement, and throwing office supplies. Today we’ll continue working our way towards number 1. We’ve got more protesters with hazy and uncertain political goals, The Senate GOP Hopefuls, and neighboring house reps taking shots, in what was one of the more public feuds of 2011′.

6.Republican House Members vs. The Forum Crashers and Walking Dead:

Remember this? (provided by the Orlando Sentinel)

In what might have been the ugliest public conflict of the year. Protesters jumped forums hosted by the Republican House Members to debate the economy. Webster, Adams, West and others would be giving a presentation when the protesters would rush the discussion. Arguments would break out among the attendees. The dialogue and the true purpose of these meanings, the exchange of ideas would completely fall apart.

Dan Webster’s office was even invaded by protesters dressed up as zombies to push their “work until your dead” campaign to promote their disapproval of Social Security reform. High on style, low on substance.

Who Won?:No one wins with political tactics like these and Florida Politics took a step back with each of these incidents.

5. The Gentlemen of the GOP Senate Primary:
The only real election action that we had this year (outside of Prez politics) was from the race to take on Bill Nelson for his Senate Seat next year. Former State Majority Leader Adam Hasner, Former Senator George Lemieux, Businessman Mike McCalister, Ruth Chris CEO Craig Miller, would all take turns dissing each other.

George Lemieux is Charlie Crist’s Man
Adam Hasner is too moderate
Craig Miller couldn’t win a Congress seat. What’s he doing in a Senate race?

and of course
The Colonel has to use the restroom.

This went on for months and each candidate has had their victories along the trail, taking various straw polls and taking turns at the top of the polls but, then came Connie Mack.

The race changed and all of the other candidates jumped him. Just minutes after his declaration hit the twitterverse, the other candidates shot out their pre-drafted press releases, slamming the representative from the 14th district.

“He spends too much time in California.”
“Career Politician”
“His voting record is liberal”

Who Won? We’ll see next year: For now Mack is the unofficial frontrunner but, you can expect the others to knock him down to size.

Mack shook things up when he entered the Senate Race.

4. Allen West vs. Debbie Wassermann Schultz:

You knew this one was coming..

What do you get when the Chairman of the DNC starts talking trash about one of the most popular members of the Republican party, behind his back?

And Colonel West’s timely reply

“Look, Debbie, I understand that after I departed the House floor you directed your floor speech comments directly towards me. Let me make myself perfectly clear, you want a personal fight, I am happy to oblige. You are the most vile, unprofessional and despicable member of the US House of Representatives. If you have something to say to me, stop being a coward and say it to my face, otherwise, shut the heck up.”


Who Won? West. No one likes those who talk behind someones back, and int the everyday workplace it’s dishonest and malicious. Capitol Hill is no different. As for their rivalry? Wassermann Schultz hasn’t done it since. It could be because she’s been too busy chasing TV cameras or she’s avoiding him and praying she’ll never have another confrontation like that one again. It’s probably a mixture of both.

Alan West put DWS on notice with his spirited reply.

It’s gonna be hard to top those but, I’ve got your top 3 political feuds of 2011 tomorrow!

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