I am sure everyone has read several stories and polls the past few weeks about possible candidates that may run for against Senator Bill Nelson in 2012. Part of the stirred up or false hype around certain candidates has to be directly related to our good friends at the Sugar Industry that would like to “solidify” a candidate for 2012 early on.
As much as I hate elections and even more that primaries because they often denigrate to a drunken bar fight, they exist for a reason. Recent history, such as the Florida Governor’s and Senate races should be a sign of caution for those of us to ready to declare a victor before the candidates have run the course. I vividly remember Marco Rubio announcing to run in April 2009 and no one thought he would have a chance.
First order for conservatives is to stand united and change the 2010 Florida Senate Race Rule of “ABC”, Anybody But Charlie, to “ABL”, Anyone But Lemieux, for 2012. Senator Lemiuex should be handled with extreme cause because he has brains, unlike Crist, politically savvy and willing to do anything to win.
I am currently watching five candidates in no specific order, Senate President Mike Haridopolos, Former Leader Adam Hasner, Congressman Connie Mack, Mike McCalister and Nick Loeb. Let the race begin!
You might be asking who is Nick Loeb. He is my wild card draw, but could very easily topple the other candidates. His recent life changing experience has caused him to “grow up” and become a leader. In addition his relationship with Sofia Vergara has centered the once “playboy.” For those that don’t know Sofia Vergara, she is a conservative hot Emmy nominated Columbia actress that you will find in “Modern Family” and other popular shows. Nick has a great heart, huge ambitious, but also the ability to raise millions. This couple is Caliente! Check out the speech Nick gave at the first West Palm Beach Tea Party.
I have heard several rumors that Congressman Connie Mack lives in California. Expect his residency to be challenged early on if Mack officially jumps in. Republicans have two major congressional eyesores in Florida, Connie Mack’s residency being one. Let’s hope these individuals quietly walk away without damaging conservatives.
Senate President Mike Haridopolos will likely be one of the most conservative Florida Senate Presidents ever. He is also very connected and was able to raise millions for Florida Senate Candidates in 2010. I think it will be difficult for him to run for Senate and while at the same time being the Florida Senate President. Senator Atwater was successful at this maneuver because he was only dealing with Florida state issues. Mike will have his hands full trying to rodeo both state policy and federal policy, run the Senate and campaign for Federal office.
McCalister drew 10% of GOP Florida Governors Primary in 2010 without any resources. As much as I like Mike, feel he is not likely to be a serious candidate because he lacks a realistic campaign strategy. Running around and ranting at the local tea party meetings is good, but I feel McCalister lacks the ability to connect with the super voters or middle voters.
This past week I have noticed a few “pro” Hasner Facebook pages pop up. Adam Hasner is a rock solid conservative that should give all candidates a run for their money. Hasner lacks statewide name recognition, but so do the other candidates. Expect Adam to play toward his consistency of being a conservative from a part of the Florida that eats conservatives for breakfast on a regular basis. Hasner will also deploy a very sophisticated policy approach on federal issues which most of the other candidates lack. I also expect his leadership to put him in front or near the front.
Who knows which candidate will be the front runner in 2012. Honestly I just hope to see a conservative that has a large amount of support running. We can’t afford Senator Bill Nelson. He is destroying the future of Florida and America with is liberal big government policies.