I’ll spare you the rehash of why I believe The Shark Tank’s Javier Manjarres is the dumbest person writing about Florida politics. He simply is. Yet the former-landscaper-turned-videographer somehow angles his way into serious conversations about Sunshine State politics.
I hate even acknowledging his work, but today Manjarres writes (or more likely someone else has ghost-written it for him) about the race for the Senate Presidency. Javier Manjarres analyzing this situation is like someone who is reeealllyyy good at checkers explaining three-dimensional chess.
First of all, Manjarres includes the primary between Jack Myers and Kelli Stargel as a factor in the rivalry between Jack Latvala and Joe Negron. Sure, Latvala is helping Myers, while Negron is backing Stargel. But this race has never been really competitive and will not be a factor in deciding who will be the Senate President in 2017-18.
From there, Manjarres attempts to connect the dots between several State Senate races. Honestly, his writing is so haphazardly constructed that it’s difficult to understand what Manjarres is attempting to convey. As Abel Harding, a real blogger/writer, just tweeted, “I tried to read the piece, but couldn’t get past the randomness of some of his thoughts.”
One argument that Manjarres writes about is clear: He describes Senator Jack Latvala as a “Crist hack” and “anti-Rubio.” Now, I’m not going to pretend that, in this current political environment, Latvala isn’t perceived as a moderate because he opposes imaginary immigration reform and doesn’t support prison privatization.
But to describe Latvala as a “Crist hack”? What a load of bullsh*t. Wanna know who was one of the first people to tire of Crist’s “For the People” routine? Jack Latvala.
Latvala may respect Crist’s political skills, but the two men could not think differently when it comes to most issues of public policy (environmental concerns being the obvious exception.)
As for Latvala being “anti-Rubio”, please, Javier, when you are done edging the sidewalk, explain that assessment. You won’t be able to because the accusation is completely false.
Now, I know what happened here. One of Latvala’s enemies in Tallahassee, afraid that ol’ Jack may win the Senate Presidency and clean out the Augean Stables, cobbled together this screed and gave it to Javier to post. So maybe we should forgive Javier for writing something so dumb.
Then again, which is worse: writing something so dumb or ghost-writing something so dumb?