Sen. Jack Latvala draws Tea Party challenger with one very interesting connection

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All Jack Latvala has done over the last two years in the Florida Senate (with help from his colleagues such as Paula Dockery, Mike Fasano and Dennis Jones) is save that august body from its worst impulses while being led by, inarguably, the worst Senate President of the modern Republican era.

So, of course, he draws a challenge from a Tea Partier.

Political newcomer Roy Zahid (or is it Zahid Roy? I’m not sure because his Facebook page says one thing and the Division of Elections says another.) has filed to run in the same presumed seat Latvala is running for, depending on how the Florida Supreme Court rules on the Senate’s revised redistricting map.

Actually, Roy Zahid’s legal name is Roy Zahid Nawaz, which if you look it up with the Pinellas Clerk of the Court you’ll see it has a couple of dings against it for a bad check and a judgment from, of all companies, the Times Publishing Co.

But who among us is perfect?

It’s Zahid’s politics which are of interest.

On his Facebook page, in addition to the typical links to Ron Paul, Zahid makes it clear he believes in the mantras of the Tea Party, captioning a link from President Obama with:

“Good job Sir! So Senator u back? Is this time going to lessen what I was trying to tall u in 2008! Let me remind u again about the 48 Billion year Industry I m trying to save! OK just Google Roy Zahid and Obama Really and read the article in St. Pet Time! In exchange Senator U sold ur sole to devil when u get funding from Allstate Insurance and put first cabinet women in White House from Allstate Insurance then kill all the class action law sue in the nation! Same old same old red tape politic.”

That sounds like just the kind of person we want in Tallahassee, right?

As for the interesting connection referenced in the headline, I don’t know what the deal is, but Zahid appears to have some sort of infatuation with former Sheriff Everett Rice, who is running against current Sheriff Bob Gualtieri.

You know who Gualtieri has hired as his political consultant? Jack Latvala.


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