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Southern Strategy Group “trumps” the holidays with annual Christmas card

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Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the highly awaited holiday greetings from Southern Strategy Group, Tallahassee’s foremost lobbying house.

Every year, the SSG Christmas card offers a fun take on the year’s biggest political stories, something always guaranteed to bring a buzz – not to mention a few snickers – throughout Florida’s Capitol.

And for 2015, there was no shortage of material – from redistricting battles and the behind-the-scenes leadership intrigue in the Florida Senate to a pair of Florida residents (not counting part-timers) as top contenders for the White House in 2016.

But this year’s winner takes a jab at one of those part-time Floridians: Donald Trump.

Consistently leading Republican polls, both nationwide and in Florida, Trump is besting two of the state’s native sons, Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, while simultaneously disrupting the status quo of the Republican Party.

SSG’s Christmas card cover is an image of the baby Jesus – an iconic symbol of the season – wrapped in swaddling clothing, laying in a golden straw bed.

On the inside, however, it’s revealed that Jesus is actually laying in a bed of Trump’s hair, right under the words, “Oh Comb, All Ye Faithful.”

The inscription is no less pun-worthy:

“Happy holidays, and we hope you trump all of life’s challenges in 2016!”

Whether the outrageous billionaire real estate tycoon – and his famous coif – will ultimately translate red-hot popularity into actual votes is yet to be seen. Either way, Trump’s campaign is causing quite the stir, and is sure to remain (at least for now) the biggest political story in the Sunshine State.

Here the SSG 2015 holidays card:


A Special Holiday Greeting from Southern Strategy Group_Page_1 2015-Holiday-Card-Reveal SSG card

Phil Ammann is a St. Petersburg-based journalist and blogger. With more than three decades of writing, editing and management experience, Phil produced material for both print and online, in addition to founding His broad range includes covering news, local government and culture reviews for, technical articles and profiles for BetterRVing Magazine and advice columns for a metaphysical website, among others. Phil has served as a contributor and production manager for SaintPetersBlog since 2013. He lives in St. Pete with his wife, visual artist Margaret Juul and can be reached at and on Twitter @PhilAmmann.

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