Politics

Blaise Ingoglia Ready to Rock the House

By: Jeff Henderson | Posted: September 11, 2013 3:55 AM

Blaise Ingoglia

Even though he has yet to win a seat in the Legislature, Blaise Ingoglia -- despite a glitch on his resume going in -- is poised to be one of the leading Republicans in the Florida House and should be a strong voice for conservatives in Tallahassee.

After starting a successful real estate career, Ingoglia became politically active, serving as the vice chairman of the Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) -- but he also remained a favorite of conservatives. Running his popular “Government Gone Wild” videos about the need to cut government spending, Ingoglia has the support of the tea party and is a popular speaker for conservative groups throughout Florida.

With Rob Schenck facing term limits in 2014, Ingoglia is a heavy favorite to replace him in representing Hernando County in the House. He got an early start in the race, consequently has no opponents yet. Republicans from across the state are lining up behind him, offering their endorsements.

Ingoglia is well-positioned to be one of the most prominent freshmen in the House in early 2015. He is a strong conservative who is articulate and can make a convincing case for his ideals and positions.

But that doesn’t mean he will automatically be a contender to become speaker after the 2020 elections despite, being uniquely on good terms with both the GOP establishment and the tea party. There have been questions about Ingoglia’s sales tactics and news broke earlier this year that he owed almost $12,000 in back taxes.

Republicans in the House can be excused if they don’t want another leader whose ethics are constantly under question. Even as the memory of Ray Sansom’s short time as House speaker fades, the example of Chris Dorworth remains fresh. After a series of questions about his ethics, voters tossed Dorworth out of office last year, even though he was scheduled to become House speaker in 2014. Instead of Dorworth leading the House, Steve Crisafulli will be speaker, a reminder to new House members, including probably Ingoglia, about how ethics questions can sink a political career.

As long as nothing else comes out, Ingoglia should be fine in terms of winning the seat and of moving up the ladder in the Florida House, even if the speaker’s gavel is out of reach. Ingoglia has a knack for scoring points with conservative arguments and should be a favorite of various GOP groups. With one foot in the RPOF and the other the tea party, Ingoglia is a good bet to play a major role in the Republican caucus if, as expected, he is elected next year.




Tallahassee political writer Jeff Henderson wrote this analysis piece exclusively for Sunshine State News.


Comments (4)

He fits into the bigger plan
4:05PM SEP 12TH 2013
This guy is one of the Jeb Bush "aggressive conservatives" or is he one of George Bush's "compassionate conservatives"? Either way as Hillary says "what difference does it make? He is a hand trained card carrying member of the Bush whackers criminal dynasty and just like all the rest before him where they have destroyed the moral people of integrity they always push the criminals like Igoglia to a position of power.

That is because they can control the scum the drag up and put into power to do their dirty work and be proud to do it and keep their mouth shut all at the same time.
wbp
3:56PM SEP 11TH 2013
here is a guy who lied, cheated and used deceptive business practices to rip off real estate buyers on a large scale. he's the perfect fit for the republican party of florida. lol
wawoo
11:38AM SEP 11TH 2013
Aee, another no moral compass Ayn Rand worshipping grifter realtor amateur. Just what Florida does not need more of having suffered at the hands of too many of the same simple minded destructive belief system since 1999.
Jim
8:39AM SEP 11TH 2013
This man is NOT a social conservative.

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