Saturday, February 09, 2008
Ignite All Over Again?
2008 is not 2005, I'm really not familiar enough with Kevin Reilly to give any kind of an opinion on his character... well, let me rescind that and instead say, I'm not familiar enough with Kevin Reilly to assess his qualities as a candidate for executive office. I am, however, familiar with Tommy Jardon and if if Tommy can focus solely on being the candidate and not deviate from that role (so as to multi-task as a key party player), I think Tom would be rather unstoppable.
Jardon should've run last year. No disrespect to Bruce Haupt, but the GDI's need a candidate that can have more of a cross-cultural base. When I put Accion together, there was doubt that CASA was the major muscle in HSA and even then Tommy was a heavy-hitter, from what the president had told briefed me. (Accion was a semi-secretive H/L effort founded by myself, Fernando Nin, Kathy Valle, & Danny Martinez. The organization boasted of a solid-10-org Board of Directors and in the Fall of 2004 threatened Access by running the Voice Party slate against it, unless Ansell Fernandez, Lola Bovell, Analiz Velasquez, & Laura Gonzalez were slated with the, by-then-almost-entirely corrupt Access Party under the complete control of Andre Samuels (with Party idealists Argento & Harrell out of the picture). "Way to go off on a tangent Duque!"
I expect great things from the generically-named Orange & Blue Party; honestly, I'd feel like a tool voting for such a name, but it's not the name that people should be concerned with. I'm wondering if we'll see any last minute changes in Theta Chi...
Ah, but for the headline. I don't know this version of the Gator Party, but I see an African American running for treasurer and an Asian American running for Veep. No offense, but I'm guessing FBK is right to fear one Tommy Jardon. Two minorities on a Greek ticket is pretty intense, especially when neither of 'em will ever the get the FBK/IFC/PC nod. I don't know how popular Paul Drayton may be, but I seriously doubt he'll come out of a year as treasurer any more popular than Jamal. Jamal was almost like a living-legend, he went to more JSU meetings than many of the Zionists that currently control UF, he was big in the NPHC, he had close ties to the MGC (mainly through a close friend in Gamma Eta), he was well respected in the Christian community, he was an all around workhorse for the MACHINE and the MACHINE passed on him for president.
If Paul Drayton is getting into this race thinking the MACHINE will treat him any differently than it did Jamal, he's simply out of his mind. The MACHNE uses minorities - whether from Hispanic-Latino community (my community), African Americans, Asian Americans, Indians, Persians, WHATEVER! Look at some of the original people in the Pork Chop Gang, I don't know. I don't know what annoys me more, the MACHINE using minorities to scavenge for votes - or - minorities that knowingly go along for the ride and take the scraps from the master's table.
Vote Independent...or go get your shinebox.