Honestly, is this the Florida GOP you want?

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Monday’s headlines presented a cross-current of headlines that, despite the GOP’s absolute lock on the levers of power in Tallahassee, have some conscientious Republicans shaking their heads.

“State Representative abruptly resigned his seat in the Florida House following reports linking his name to a prostitution investigation,” reads one story; Candidate’s son gets $100,000 as campaign’s consultant,” reads another.  There’s also the story from the Tampa Bay Times‘ Michael Van Sickler, who writes about the needless, excessive fundraising by some State House candidates.  The story reads like a tale of pigs feeding at the trough.

Mind you, these are all isolated incidents, but then there is the story in the Orlando Sentinel about former Republican Party of Florida chairman Jim Greer and his ongoing legal troubles. It has gotten so bad for Greer that he might have to be declared indigent.

Well, let’s be honest, how do you think it got this way for Greer?

Power corrupts. And absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Yesterday’s headlines and stories are perfect examples of the Florida GOP’s absolute power corrupting absolutely.

And I’ll tell you what, this is not what most Republicans want. I spoke yesterday with several GOP legislators, who asked to remain anonymois out of loyalty to the party, who are just as alarmed as the rest of us at these incidents.

One devoutly conservative legislator suggested that his colleagues had forgotten what it really means to govern as conservatives.

I pushed back on this assertion, suggesting that, so long as some in the Florida GOP are tied to industries intent on seeking radical changes, such as the gaming industry, it will be impossible for Republican lawmakers to act as true limited-government conservatives.  So long as some in the Florida GOP takes every single check presented to it, it will be impossible for Republican lawmakers to act as true limited-government conservatives.

Honestly, Republicans, is this the party you want?

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including SaintPetersBlog.com, FloridaPolitics.com, ContextFlorida.com, and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. SaintPetersBlog has for three years running been ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.