Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Meet the general who wants to succeed Bill Young in Congress

SEMINOLE — If life were a Frank Capra movie no doubt Mark Bircher would be on his way to Congress to succeed the late C.W. Bill Young.

Mr. Bircher Goes to Washington would be the journey of an accomplished patriot and political neophyte trying to overcome a system dominated by consultant-driven politicos. Guided mainly by principles and reverence for the Founding Fathers, Citizen Bircher would eschew safe sound bites and buck the odds against veteran politicians and win a seat in the U.S. House.

In reality that plot may be too farfetched, even for a commercial pilot/lawyer/scholar/retired Marine Corps Reserve brigadier general/former Blue Angel pilot accustomed to performing stunts at 700 mph. The 60-year-old general is accomplished, passionate, and idealistic. He is also breathtakingly naive about politics.

"If you ever run for office like this, you meet a lot of new people right away. Most of those new people don't get halfway through your first sentence without saying, 'How much money do you have, and how much money can you raise.' I say, 'Let's talk about my stance on the issues, and they say how much money do you have?' " said Bircher, who is far more comfortable discussing the writings of Baron de Montesquieu or Alexis de Tocqueville than what it takes to run a campaign.

Story here

 

Comments
Nitally’s set to reopen at a new, more intimate, South Pasadena location

Nitally’s set to reopen at a new, more intimate, South Pasadena location

Folks who have missed testing their taste buds with a St. Petersburg eatery’s famous inferno soup will get a chance to do so once again.Nitally’s ThaiMex Cuisine, which closed its downtown St. Petersburg location in May, will open soon in a smaller l...
Updated: 7 minutes ago
MLB player poll: Rays (and Marlins) fans are ‘the worst’

MLB player poll: Rays (and Marlins) fans are ‘the worst’

Rays fans and Tropicana Field are routinely ripped by media and out-of-towners, and the usual defense is the critics don't really know what they're talking about.Well, now the major-league players have spoken.Or at least some of them.Rays fans shared...
Updated: 14 minutes ago
Video shows a Polk County store clerk shooting a man who was stealing Natural Ice beer

Video shows a Polk County store clerk shooting a man who was stealing Natural Ice beer

A Lakeland convenience store clerk has been charged with second-degree murder after he chased and shot a man who walked out with $36 worth of Natural Ice beer.Mehedeun Hasan, 22, and his father Q M Monsur Rahman, 61, were behind the counter of the Sh...
Updated: 21 minutes ago
Hillsborough Sheriff’s office needs help finding vodka thieves

Hillsborough Sheriff’s office needs help finding vodka thieves

TAMPA — $1,700 can buy a lot of alcohol. It’s enough for three-thousand cans of Natural Light beer, 48.5 liters of Bleu Clair vodka or 341 bottles of Barefoot Pink Moscato wine. It’s also how much vodka a pair walked out of a Gibsonton Walmart with T...
Updated: 22 minutes ago
Epilogue: Carolyn Nelson is remembered for her big heart, a love for education and a gift for guidance

Epilogue: Carolyn Nelson is remembered for her big heart, a love for education and a gift for guidance

For years as a guidance counselor at St. Petersburg High, Carolyn Harris Nelson helped scores of students navigate their way toward their next steps in life.One of them was Ryan Halstead, now an assistant principal at the school, who recalls that Mrs...
Updated: 23 minutes ago
Pam Bondi to campaign for Adam Putnam in Orlando

Pam Bondi to campaign for Adam Putnam in Orlando

At a critical point in Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam's gubernatorial aspirations, Attorney General Pam Bondi is coming to his aid.The two Republican cabinet members will appear together in Orlando on Thursday to open a new campaign office, Put...
Updated: 24 minutes ago
Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida endorses Andrew Gillum

Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida endorses Andrew Gillum

The Democratic Progressive Caucus of Florida has picked its candidate for governor: Andrew Gillum.The group announced its endorsement in a Wednesday afternoon release, just hours before the five Democratic candidates for governor are set to debate in...
Updated: 25 minutes ago
Leslie Jones from ‘Saturday Night Live’ coming to the Tampa Improv

Leslie Jones from ‘Saturday Night Live’ coming to the Tampa Improv

You always have to keep your eye on the Tampa Improv's calendar, because every now and then, they'll sneak a pretty good show up on you.Case in point: Leslie Jones.The Emmy-nominated Saturday Night Live star has just announced a weekend of dates at t...
Updated: 1 hour ago
SoundBytes: Ray LaMontagne, Minus the Bear, Boosie Badazz and more

SoundBytes: Ray LaMontagne, Minus the Bear, Boosie Badazz and more

— Singer-songwriter Ray LaMontagne is heading back on the road, and coming to the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg on Nov. 11. It's an acoustic tour, but he'll be joined by Wilco bassist John Stirratt. Tickets are $49.50 and up. Click here.&#...
Updated: 1 hour ago
Georgia Tech preparing for its day in the (Tampa) sun

Georgia Tech preparing for its day in the (Tampa) sun

The two Georgia Tech players who appeared Wednesday at the ACC Kickoff were smart enough not to speak at length about their Sept. 8 game at USF, considering they have a Sept. 1 game against Alcorn State.But be assured, the Bulls already lurk in their...
Updated: 1 hour ago