by Javier Manjarres
As much as I try to refrain from shameless self promotion, I, El Sharko, am now forced to step up take my turn at the plate in order to restore balance in the political blogosphere. In a blog post featured on yesterday’s version of POLITICO, once of its reporters mischaracterized an earlier interview I had previously conducted with then Majority leader and now U.S. Senate candidate Adam Hasner.
David Catanese, the author of POLITICO’s “Essential Intelligence From The Campaign Trail” blog linked to a 2009 interview that I conducted with Adam Hasner in an attempt to portray Hasner as “declining to endorse Marco Rubio.”
Did Catanese even bother to view or read the interview before linking to it?
In the immortal words ESPN’s NFL Countdown analyst Keyshawn Johnson, “C’Mon Man!”
Here is the excerpt of the interview Cantanese brings into question:
Q: What do you think of the Republican Party of Florida’s (RPOF) stance of backing certain candidates over others and the Rubio vs. Crist race?
Hasner: It was wrong. And we called them out on it. That was the beginning sign that not only does the Republican brand need repair, but the GOP in D.C. needs repair as well. The Republican Party in Florida needs to be re-energized.
As for Marco, Marco Rubio and I are good friends. I was Majority leader during his speakership-we certainly share a lot of the same values and views on issues. I haven’t officially announced an endorsement in that race, but I will say that I do see the race as an illustration of which way the GOP is going to go in. I’ve said consistently that I don’t believe we need to moderate our views as Republicans.
It’s clear that Hasner was going after the RPOF for meddling in Marco’s race and was criticizing Charlie Crist for embracing the Stimulus Plan and raising taxes. And while Hasner indicated that he had not made an official endorsement in ‘that race’, most people reading between the lines would see that it was obvious that he was siding with his friend, now Senator Marco Rubio.
These days, the political silly “season” now lasts the entire calendar year. It would be a big help if POLITICO and its contributors routinely did their due diligence and actually read their source materials before putting their fingers on the keyboard and pressing “publish”.