By Chris Ingram
Florida Young Republicans can do better than this political wanna-be
Just when you thought it was safe to call yourself a Republican again, little Jonny Torres enters the room to remind you of the slime of the Jim Greer days.
Granted, Jonny Torres is by no means a household name and you probably wouldn’t recognize him in a one-man lineup, but he’s got some greasy Greer qualities nonetheless. Torres is actually nothing more than an unknown wannabe and poser in Florida political circles — those “circles” being limited to the Tampa Bay Young Republicans organization where he serves as the club’s chairman. In an attempt to make a name for himself, Torres is challenging Peret Pass for chair of the parent group of the TBYRs, the Florida Federation of Young Republicans at the organization’s annual meeting in Orlando this weekend.
Torres’ campaign platform centers around his concern with what he believes is over-representation of northeast Florida by the executive board members of the YRs. “With Florida being one of the largest states in the continental U.S., it’s unfortunate that half of the board members are from the northeastern region of the state,” Torres stated in a press release announcing his candidacy posted on the TBYR website. This is apparently the big ill of the GOPs ways that causes it to lose elections; having someone from Tampa as FFYR chair is apparently going to fix the GOP’s election woes – whatever you say Jonny!
In his campaign materials attacking his opponents for where they hail from, Jon-boy fails to acknowledge what should be bigger concerns to the voting members of the Florida Young Republicans organization. Namely, Torres’ arrest record for theft/larceny in Miami (Miami-Dade court case # M-99-062740), and the fact that he was not registered as a Republican until 2010.
As for the latter, although he claims to have been an “active” member of the Tampa Bay YRs since 2008, he wasn’t even a registered Republican until 2010, and therefore his membership in the TBYRs was illegitimate and a violation of YR rules which require members of the Young Republicans to actually be Republicans. Duh!
While overlooking his own checkered past, curious voter registration and YR rule violations, his campaign platform calls for “transparency” within the FFYR organization. According to Torres, greater transparency would include:
- FFYR’s Constitution, Bylaws, and Platform will be posted on the official website
- FFYR Committees and their respective Chairperson will be listed on the official website
Despite his unfair characterization that the incumbent chairman is less than transparent, nowhere on the TBYRs website (the club Torres is chairman of) are any of his own club’s aforementioned materials posted. No Constitution. No Bylaws. No committees and their respective chairs. Nothing.
It seems little Jonny doesn’t subscribe to the old adage “what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.”
If all that weren’t reason enough, take this to the bank for a single good reason to reject Jonny Torres. His club’s website proudly boasts of its appreciation of support from liberal Democrat, pro-Obama, ambulance-chasing trial lawyer and chief cheerleader of Charlie “Chuckles” Crist, John “for the people” Morgan – who also incidentally advocates the legalization of so-called “medical” marijuana and supports various other liberal causes. With friends like these, who needs enemies?
FFYRs should take a hard look at Jonny Torres and recognize him for what he is: a poser with a curious past, and a political opportunist who wants to grow up to be a typical career politician.
Don’t give him the chance YRs. You can do better.
Chris Ingram is the president and founder of 411 Communications a corporate and political communications firm, and publisher of Irreverent View. Ingram is a frequent pundit on Fox News and CNN, and has written opinion columns for the Washington Times, UPI, and National Review online. He is the Republican political analyst for Bay News 9, the only 24 hour all news channel in Florida’s largest media market. The opinions expressed here are those of author and do not represent the views of Bay News 9. E-mail him at: Chris@IrreverentView.com.
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