On Chris Ingram’s double-standard and hypocrisy

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While most of us were doing you best to find shelter from the sweltering heat — we went to an outdoor birthday party on Saturday where the temperature reached one hundred and eight degrees — Florida’s young Republicans elected their new statewide leaders. Congratulations to Peret Pass on her re-election as President and Johnny Torres election as Vice President.

In the run-up to the elections, there was a little give-and-take between supporters of Pass and Torres that revealed just how petty some people can be.

Chris Ingram, the Republican analyst for Bay News 9 and a self-described political consultant who has not worked on a local race in at least three years, took to his all-but-dormant blog to blast Torres for some long- forgotten criminal matter AND — wait for it– the Tampa Bay Young Republicans (of which Torres is president) “boasting of its appreciation of support” for prominent trial attorney John Morgan.

How dare Torres be in league with John Morgan. I mean, what kind of Republican would even shake hands with Morgan?

Oh, wait … didn’t Gov. Rick Scott’s re-election committee take $10,000 from Morgan & Morgan? Yeah, it did.

Through the years, Morgan & Morgan has given $195,000 to the Republican Party of Florida, according to an analysis from Contribution Link. John Morgan has also contributed $2,000 to CFO Jeff Atwater, $1,500 to Speaker Designate Richard Corcoran, $1,000 to Rep. Dana Young, and on and on.

In other words, Torres being in league with John Morgan makes him no different than almost every other Republican elected official.

Wanna know another Republican is in bed with John Morgan?

Chris Ingram.

That’s right. Ingram. He may not have realized it when he signed up to broadcast Google Ads on his website, but this screen-capture clearly shows an ad for Morgan & Morgan on Ingram’s blog. 

Pot, this is kettle. Kettle, this is Chris Ingram.

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But not before 

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.