Critics should lay off of OC Commissioner’s use of Social Media.

“Darned if I do. Darned if I don’t. Sentinel may pick up a story about me making a post about my Ma’s new restaurant in District 4. Although I routinely post re: new business openings, this one was questionable because of who it was. Funny thing is that if I didn’t totally disclose who it was that I would probably be hearing about how I was hiding something. Learning experience:)”

Darned if you do. Darned if you don’t is right…

This was a Facebook response (another story from Facebook, who says that platform is dying?) from Orange County District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson regarding her post promoting a new restaurant in her district. This business happened to belong to her mother and the story was indeed picked up by the Orlando Sentinel earlier today.

Now, whether the connection was pointed out by a political enemy of Thompson’s or merely a professional doing his job, we can’t discourage the use of a powerful communication tool like social media. It’s tough enough trying to figure out what your lawmakers are thinking without it.

Punishing a lawmaker for revealing too much? Cut me a break! Ok, maybe Anthony Weiner went a little too far but, we shoot ourselves in the foot when we use access like this against the communicator.

Thompson’s made mistakes (redistricting appointments) but, if you’re calling balls and strikes, you shouldn’t hold this against her. She gives public lectures about her use of Social Media on the job and she’s the standard when it comes to using it to communicate with her constituents. There’s even a segment on accountability in her presentation.

I suppose she can be like Commissioner Fred Brummer and just have his assistant send out Nyquil laced, commentary. Seriously, You could slam 3 Red Bulls and his writing will still give you an express ticket to dreamland, he’s like the “Ben Stein” of Facebook.

LOL, that’s actually a pretty relevant lecture for today’s political climate! but, I digress…

So guys, in closing, if you want to attack a lawmaker for announcing the opening of a business in her district or worse, a Daughter supporting her mom’s livelihood through social media, go ahead. But, be warned.

This is the stuff that makes hermits out of public servants and moves us even further away from communication and improving the community.

Critics should lay off of OC Commissioner's use of Social Media.

“Darned if I do. Darned if I don’t. Sentinel may pick up a story about me making a post about my Ma’s new restaurant in District 4. Although I routinely post re: new business openings, this one was questionable because of who it was. Funny thing is that if I didn’t totally disclose who it was that I would probably be hearing about how I was hiding something. Learning experience:)”

Darned if you do. Darned if you don’t is right…

This was a Facebook response (another story from Facebook, who says that platform is dying?) from Orange County District 4 Commissioner Jennifer Thompson regarding her post promoting a new restaurant in her district. This business happened to belong to her mother and the story was indeed picked up by the Orlando Sentinel earlier today.

Now, whether the connection was pointed out by a political enemy of Thompson’s or merely a professional doing his job, we can’t discourage the use of a powerful communication tool like social media. It’s tough enough trying to figure out what your lawmakers are thinking without it.

Punishing a lawmaker for revealing too much? Cut me a break! Ok, maybe Anthony Weiner went a little too far but, we shoot ourselves in the foot when we use access like this against the communicator.

Thompson’s made mistakes (redistricting appointments) but, if you’re calling balls and strikes, you shouldn’t hold this against her. She gives public lectures about her use of Social Media on the job and she’s the standard when it comes to using it to communicate with her constituents. There’s even a segment on accountability in her presentation.

I suppose she can be like Commissioner Fred Brummer and just have his assistant send out Nyquil laced, commentary. Seriously, You could slam 3 Red Bulls and his writing will still give you an express ticket to dreamland, he’s like the “Ben Stein” of Facebook.

LOL, that’s actually a pretty relevant lecture for today’s political climate! but, I digress…

So guys, in closing, if you want to attack a lawmaker for announcing the opening of a business in her district or worse, a Daughter supporting her mom’s livelihood through social media, go ahead. But, be warned.

This is the stuff that makes hermits out of public servants and moves us even further away from communication and improving the community.

Linda Stewart building Campaign Team for “Higher Office”

Former Orange County District 4 Commissioner and OC Mayor Candidate, Linda Stewart announced on her Facebook page that she is throwing a Campaign Committee Recruitment Event, to seek “Higher Office”.

The announcement doesn’t mention which office she’ll be running for but, there has been rumors of her considering a run for the House of Representatives after redistricting takes place next year.

Stewart came in 3rd in the Orange County Mayoral primary last year. Underfunded and running a grassroots campaign that saw her “Getting Out The Vote” on her caravan, Stewart did better than expected almost making the cut for the runoff last November.

She has been popular with the Hispanic, and LGBT communities. She has also been a watch dog protecting the Econ Trail from questionable development projects. She’s also been out front on county initiatives to bring benefits to same sex couples.

The new congressional district could potentially lean Democrat. Alan Grayson has already declared a run for that TBD, newly created seat.

The message was clear that this is not a announcement or kick-off. If she makes a formal announcement, I’ll post it here.

The Former OC Commissioner is building her team. For which office?

Florida Senators fight to save NASA funding

NASA and the Space Coast are under attack.

The OBJ reports that Senators from Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama are trying to take more money from the heavy lift rocket program at Kennedy Space center.

So who you gonna call? Your favorite political, power duo from Florida, that’s who! VP favorite, Senator Marco Rubio and ex-astronaut and necktie connoisseur, Bill Nelson.

You can hardly tell it's a clip on..

Together, they’ve asked the White House to tell the other states to quit it and let a much more capable KSC move forward with it’s plans.

You guys know I’m a big fan of bi-partisanship that defends Floridians and in the bomb throwing, rhetoric infested, political landscape we live in, it’s good to know we aren’t going to let the other states from the SEC steal our cornbread.

*warning foul language*

It would have been nice for Bill Nelson to be a little more Eddie and a little less Martin, when Washington was taking apart NASA to begin with, he is after all the ex-astronaut with the ear of the President but, here we are.

So, to Senators Cochran and Wicker (Miss), Senators Vitter and Landrieu (LA), and Senators Sessions and Shelby (AL).

Leave the Space Coast alone and go get your own cornbread.

What the heck is Nelson pointing at? There's nothing out there

Greatest Generation Honored in Orange County

This weekend RPOF hosted an event that honored the Greatest Generation of Veterans that served this country and defended freedom during World War II.

The non-political event held at the Marks St. Senior Center in Orlando featured a full program recognizing these heroes that included a big band playing music from the period, a full buffet, and items from the Central Florida World War II museum.

The featured speakers were Congressman Dan Webster and Medal of Honor Winner Col. Bud Day. Other lawmakers on hand included State Reps. Scott Plakon and Bryan Nelson.

Here are some photos from terrific event that included some great speeches and moving moments.

Provided by the CF WWII Museum

More items on display

Senate Candidate Mike McCalister

Those in attendance were well fed

A Big Band played music from the period

Medal of Honor Winner Bud Day (center) was one of the honored guest.

The Boone JROTC presenting the colors.

Congressman Dan Webster addressing the heroes in attendance.

Every hero in attendance was individually recognized and honored.