Native Floridian who moved to Texas, proud Southerner, bleeding orange-and-blue Gator, election and campaign finance law attorney, campaign manager, political consultant, Republican operative, professional troublemaker. Fluent in the languages of snark and sarcasm. Too young to have voted for Reagan but old enough to remember why we miss him. Hopelessly addicted to caffeine, goldfish crackers, and classic movies.


    I Smite Thee, in the Name of Andrew!

    We lost Andrew Breitbart just over a year ago. Since then, there have been endless discussions about how best to honor his memory, pondering over whether anyone could possibly fill his shoes. As I look back over the past year, I’m sad to admit that I think we as a conservative movement are doing a very poor job of carrying on Andrew’s legacy. Now, I don’t claim to | Read More »

    New poll shows Scott Brown in “strong position” for special election

    Boston’s NPR radio station, WBUR, conducted a poll earlier this week that shows Scott Brown is in a “strong position” to rejoin his colleagues in the Senate, assuming John Kerry is appointed to be Secretary of State, triggering a special election.

    The poll was conducted with 500 registered voters on Monday and Tuesday, and Brown’s favorables are very high, even though it is less than two months after he lost a brutal campaign battle against Elizabeth Warren.

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    In praise of simplicity

    I am in Washington, D.C. for a few days, and while I was at a coffee shop this morning, my online news feed was full of discussions about this fiscal cliff mess: what the President is proposing, how the Republicans are reacting, whether there is any chance of a deal, how bad it will hurt our economy if we go off this fiscal cliff, whether it’s even remotely possible to avoid it, and so on.

    What frustrates me is that, as usual, the debate in this town misses the main point – neither side is taking any steps to address why we’re in this mess in the first place…

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    Another shameless power grab coming from Massachusetts Democrats?

    As you may know, I spent some time in Massachusetts this year, working on some Congressional races, and it’s been an interesting time for me, seeing the differences (the many, many, many differences) between that state and my home state of Florida.

    Both states have a legislature dominated by one party, but with wide variation in how much autonomous power the controlling party really has. When the Republicans who control the Florida House and Senate push their luck too far, the Florida press corps howl in protest and voters in even heavily-Republican districts tend to reject anything really outlandish (case in point: the failure of many of the constitutional amendments, which originated in the Legislature, on the ballot this year).

    In contrast, in Massachusetts, when the Democrats try something nutty, it’s met with shrugs and mostly ignored as simply business as usual. At best, media outlets like the Boston Herald may cover a story here and there, but it rarely seems to slow down the Democrats’ appetite for abusing government power…

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    Ted Cruz at #RSG12 gives credit to Marco Rubio and bloggers

    Promoted from the diaries Ted Cruz, fresh off his amazing win in the runoff for the Texas Republican Senate primary on Tuesday, was in Jacksonville, Florida on Friday for this year’s RedState Gathering. He gave a great speech to kick off the conference and was kind enough to sit down for a interview with me. I first met Cruz at CPAC 2011 and have followed | Read More »

    BREAKING: Allen West Endorses Sandy Adams in FL-07 Primary

    Sandy Adams locked in another powerful endorsement for her reelection campaign today from one of her fellow freshmen members of Congress, Allen West.

    Adams’ campaign sent out a press release this morning (I’ve included it below) with West’s endorsement, which is noteworthy not only for the enthusiastic support that West expresses for Adams, but also because West explicitly draws a distinction between the freshmen who were elected in 2010, and the “entrenched careerist politicians” who were supporting the status quo in Washington.

    I’ve been involved in a long list of campaigns over the past few years, and I’ve seen an endless number of endorsements trotted out by candidates. The reality is that not all endorsements are created equal. All too often I’ve read endorsements and wondered if the endorser had ever even met the candidate they were endorsing.

    In contrast, West’s endorsement of Adams is personal and detailed, describing how they both were elected in the conservative tidal wave elections of 2010, and how he shared a common purpose with her in “fighting to change the ways of Washington.”

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    Want jobs in your state? Vote Republican.

    If something happens once, it’s probably a fluke. Twice, might be a coincidence. Seventeen times? Well, that might be worth studying.

    On Friday, published an analysis of the unemployment rate in the seventeen states that elected new Republican governors in 2010, noting that every single one of these states had seen an improvement in their jobs rate…

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    “We mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our Sacred Honor”

    …Over two centuries ago, fifty-six men put their lives on the line to preserve and protect the freedoms that are the God-given unalienable rights of all free people….

    What can you do that will help ensure that these freedoms continue to be part of the American legacy? Can you volunteer a Saturday afternoon to knock on doors for a candidate? Can you take an evening to attend a candidates’ debate so you can be certain you are an informed voter? Can you help register new voters in your county? Can you write a letter to the editor of your local newspaper? Can you donate $5, $10, or $20 to candidates who you support?

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    Turning Massachusetts Red

    …In this modern campaign era, we are not limited to supporting just the candidates in our own neighborhoods, and Republicans need to realize that the ever-stagnant economy and Obama’s continual failed leadership means many more districts are up for grabs than were in 2008.

    We don’t have to just settle for trying to elect conservatives from red states like Texas. We can play on the Democrats’ turf (or at least what they think is theirs!), and we can win.

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    The Supreme Court just wrote Romney’s campaign ads

    I expect that Obama and the Democrats will take a victory lap today, but their victory will be short-lived. Romney and the Republican Congressional candidates can now campaign against what is a massive tax increase on the American people. (UPDATE: Senator Marco Rubio just gave an interview in which he called ObamaCare “a new middle class tax increase.”)

    Anger against Obamacare, along with its incredible increase in wasteful spending, overreaching government intrusiveness, and explosive growth in bureaucracies, was the fuel that fed the tea party fire in the 2010 elections.

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