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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

Who is Tom Gallagher?

As has been discussed on this website before Tom Gallagher is man of intense contradictions and is amazingly inconsistent. Yesterday, according to the St Petersburg Times Gallagher unveiled a six member campaign team that is very compotent and unbecoming of a candidate so closely alligned with the right wing viewpoint of people like Rev. James Kennedy and James Dobson. I have a high level of respect for each of Gallgher's six choices, and it makes wonder and perhaps hope that Tom Gallagher really hasn't changed, and he's still the responsible moderate Republican he once was.

First off, Gallagher is a new found advocate of the Christian Right's agenda. Yet in 1997 when one of his Campaign co-Chairs Tom Slade ran for Chairman of the Republican National Committee on a platform of de-emphasizing divisive social issues and taking Republican success in Florida, based largely on economic issues nationally, Ralph Reed, Pat Robertson and Gary Bauer strongly opposed his candidacy. Slade was defeated despite support from the Bush clan, and the GOP chair became Jim Nicholson who was a water boy for Ralph Reed and his allies. I'm quite frankly surprised that Slade is backing Gallagher, and even more surprised Gallagher wants Slade's support so openly considering the rhetoric of his campaign kickoff.

Secondly Gallagher has named Al Cardenes, and Congresswoman Illeana Ros Lehtinen as co-chairs. Both are excellent choices. However, in 1994 during his last race for Governor Gallagher stated in a televised debate that he supported President Bill Clinton's efforts to restrict immigration from Cuba. This is a postion both Cardenes and Ros-Lehtinen opposed in the strongest possible fashion at the time.

Thirdly, Gallagher the new found populist has named three prominent statewide Republicans, who all former elected officials and current lobbyists as his co-chairs- Former House Speaker Jon Thrasher, Former Secretary of State Jim Smith, and Former Legislative Republican Leader Van Poole.

I like Gallagher's choices, but find a very hard time reconciling his co-chairs all which hail from either the moderate or Governing wing of the GOP with the lofty rhetoric and red meat of his campaign announcement.

Perhaps Gallgher's kickoff already boomerang and he's busy trying to run back to the middle? Or perhaps Gallagher is considering one of the six individuals for L.G. should he get that far? Who knows anymore with Tom Gallagher?


Anonymous said...

This is nothing new. Gallagher has no political ideoglogy and is just interested in running his next campaign for statewide office. He's a joke and a jerk.

Anonymous said...

You Democrats are so whiny.......This is just more of the same. How inconsistent are your candidates, like Scott Maddox who claims to be a Conservative up here in North Florida, but claims he's as liberal as they come in South Florida? How about Rod Smith, whose voting record is more conservative than either Crist's or Gallagher's would be if they were in the Senate, yet he is running to the left in the Demoractic Primary? And how about Jim Davis, who is just a flat out loser whose time to run was about 8 years ago. He's missed his window and is going nowhere in this race. The way statewide elections are in Florida, who cares about the Democrats. The real battle is in our primary and with our voters. The General election itself is anti-climatic.

Anonymous said...

Gallagher is just playing out the string. Don't get too annoyed by him. Crist will win the nomination easily.

Joe said...

I don't believe Gallagher has a chance to beat Crist. The Democrats need to either choose Jim Davis or Rod Smith to even be somewhat competetive. Scott Maddox will get slaughtered.

Anonymous said...

Gallagher will be the governor. Trust me. Listen to his comments. He is always mentioning his wife and kids. This is his subtle way of outting Crist. He'll do it soon. The polls have them too close, so Gallagher will do it. With Randall Terry and his types taking over the Republican Party of Florida, there is no way a homosexual can win the Republican nomination for governor.

Gallagher wins the whole thing. The Democrats are falling all over themselves and probably won't recover. I predict that Gallagher barely beats Davis, with Nelson winning comfortably over Harris.

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