-- Louie Granteed, an assistant Hollywood police chief, is organizing a run for sheriff. A former brother-in-law of PBA honcho Jeff Marano, Granteed has been speaking at Democratic club meetings and, as one source put it, "worked the room like an old pro" at Friday's judicial robing at the Broward County Courthouse.
At the beginning of the event, Sheriff Al Lamberti wasn't in attendance, but his political attaché, Alan Berkowitz, was there, said my source. Lamberti showed up later and allegedly was seen having a long conversation in the back of the room with Democratic Committeewomen Diane Glasser.
Interestingly, Glasser was suspected of having quietly supported Lamberti in the 2008 election. She showed she could be partial to Republican candidates when in 2010 when she met with Lamberti's appointer, Charlie Crist. For Lamberti, Glasser is crucial because he's going to need some help again in the Democratic condos -- which is why he hired political operative Berkowitz to navigate those political waters full-time on the taxpayers' dime.
It's all interesting political intrigue.
-- It looks like after all the work the Tea Party did to help get Marco Rubio elected to the U.S. Senate, he's shunning the so-called Tea Party Caucus up in Washington.
Which is good for Rubio, since the "caucus" is basically just a trio of far-right goons led by Rand Paul. The Miami Herald intimates that Rubio is leaning with the more "moderate" leadership of the Republican Party and that he'd gone to Afghanistan at the invitation of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Good thing Rubio is listening to Gen. Pataeus now instead of the local Tea Party folks. Here's the Pulp's favorite local Tea Party leader, Gabriel Jose Carrera, on the ongoing "War on Terror" in Afghanistan and elsewhere:
We should go in there kick ass and win. If they are going to have our boys fight with our arms tied behind our back and a lawyer by their side, then get them out, bottom line... I don't need my brothers and sisters coming back from war maimed, you know, sending them into some Vietnam-style era because they're not policemen. They're soldiers, trained killing machines.
A lot of this war has been politicized and I really feel like every time an innocent civilian gets killed they have to come back and try to clean up and all that. And one of the things is that in war there are going to be collateral damages. How many women and children died in World War II? How many civilians died in WWII? These Muslims are
hiding behind women and children. How do we fight them? We have to do what the Russians did. We fight to win and yes it makes us look like evil people. We didn't ask 3000 people to die on 9-11. They brought it to us, we need to take it back to them... If they run into a mosque, you blow the mosque up. I don't care if it's from the 1700s, you bomb the hell out of it. They hide behiind a family, a mother and three children, I don't care. War is ugly.
Interesting: Blow up the country, slaughter women and children, and leave the clean-up to someone else. Evil empire? We got your evil empire right here.
One sizable note: Russia, despite the brutality of its approach, lost in Afghanistan.
-- Rick Scott's devious plan to destroy public education looks like a bust from the start.
-- Just need to point out that I called the Steelers and Packers last week, not because I want to tout my football prognostication prowess but because I'm more surprised about it than anyone. I've had some good years picking games, but this one has been lukewarm at best, and I'd had a lousy playoff record prior to that. Anyway, I'm taking the current underdog Steelers in the Super Bowl (they're getting 2.5 points in the early spreads).
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