Now here’s something you don’t see nearly enough of these days. A young, rich, arrogant Republican with great connections! But there’s a brand new one right now in Orlando, FL who is running against Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) who at the moment is quite popular in part because of his views of the Grand Obstructionist Party’s thoughts on health care: “Don’t get sick, but if you do, die quickly.”
Because Grayson’s so popular, the GOP has had trouble finding anyone in his district with the guts to challenge him. No more. Enter one Armando Gutierrez, 28, because if you can’t get anyone to run in your district, just import one from somewhere else! So they went to Miami, moved Gutierrez to Orlando, and voila! Instant candidate. Plus this one comes with family connections and lots of endorsements. What a great idea, right? There’s just one problem:
“He’s pissing people off a lot,” said a leading local GOP operative.
Ah yes, the great “piss-off” of your own party! It will do you in every time! Especially these days in the “Scozzafaveed” era, when you can easily be banished by the Big Boys in the Tea Party Club for even the slightest infraction! Gutierrez may have a few big endorsements, but these are not among them:
…GOP operatives in Washington and the district say he is running a destructive primary campaign, and national and local leaders are doing just about anything they can to avoid having him as their nominee.
“He’s offending a lot of people,” said attorney Will McBride, who opted out of the race last week. “He’s rubbing people the wrong way. He needs to be a little more professional in his approach to reaching out to local leaders in our party.”
Numerous others confirmed the widespread bristling at Gutierrez’s early maneuvers.
Rep. Lynn Westmoreland (R-Ga.), who is leading National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) recruiting efforts in the race, suggested the committee is concerned about the way the race is shaping up with Gutierrez.
He is scheduled to meet with the candidate on Monday.
Uh oh. Maybe the big boys of the GOP will say to him “if you can’t win our way, go away quickly.”