The unique perspective and provocative opinions of Joe O’Neill
“Multi-lateralism is under fire precisely when we need it most.”–UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.
“A fundamental question the FBI can help answer is whether Judge Kavanaugh has been truthful to the (Judiciary) Committee. This goes to the very heart of whether he should be confirmed to the court.”–Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
“On the assault charges, let’s avoid a rush to judgment, but also a rush to confirmation.”–Nicholas Kristof, New York Times.
“The Supreme Court is the lone institution where most Americans still have some faith. And then the U.S. Senate as an institution–we’re coming apart at the seams.”–Republican Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona.
“I’m a victim of sexual assault. I don’t expect Judge Kavanaugh or Jake Tapper … or anybody to be held responsible for that. You have to be responsible for your own conduct.”–Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to President Donald Trump.
“To my Republican colleagues, if you vote ‘no,’ you’re legitimizing the most despicable thing I have seen in my time in politics. … What (Democrats) want to do is destroy this guy’s life, hold this seat open and hope (they) win in 2020.”–South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee.
“If Democrats were going to turn this into a referendum on whether women were adequately heard, Republicans were going to turn it into a referendum on whether men were automatically hanged.”–Frank Bruni, New York Times.
“It’s time for women to go to Washington and fix our broken government and that includes a woman at the top. So, here’s what I promise, after November 6, I will take a hard look at running for president.”–Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren.
“Under Mayor Andrew Gillum’s leadership, violent crime is down 24 percent and overall crime is down 10 percent, with crime at a 5-year low in Tallahassee. Mayor Gillum’s investments into more police officers, restorative justice and community policing have made Tallahassee safer than when he became mayor. Period.”–Leon County Sheriff Walt McNeil.
“I’m absolutely concerned about the Republicans at the top of the ballot in Florida. The hard-core Republicans will vote for any candidate with an R next to their name. The problem is that Democratic women will turn out stronger than Republican women do. That’s just a reality. They’re more energized.”–Republican political consultant April Schiff.
“As governor, Andrew will expand access to affordable healthcare, protect Floridians with pre-existing conditions, invest in education, protect the environment and build an economy that works for all.”–Former President Barack Obama, in his endorsement of Andrew Gillum.
“Ron DeSantis pretends he is a friend of the Jewish people. But behind closed doors he has spent time with some of the country’s most notorious anti-Semites.”–Rabbi MarkWiner, chairman of the Florida Democratic Party Jewish Caucus.
“Campaign talk is a lot different from reality. We have to deal with reality in the Legislature. The reality is that increasing the corporate income tax would be a dramatic step backwards for Florida.”–Incoming Republican state Senate President Bill Galvano.
“You can’t underestimate the power of that veto pen.”–Charlie Crist, former Republican governor-turned Democratic congressman.
“Creo en Bill Nelson.”–Puerto Rican Gov. Ricardo Rosselló.
“Voting is power. So, I tell (young people) to get off the sidelines, get off their butts, they can change the outcome of an election.”–Pasco County Supervisor of Elections BrianCorley.
“A fantastic moment for Port Tampa Bay and our cruise line partners.”–Port Tampa Bay CEO Paul Anderson, in announcing that for the first time in a single year, the port welcomed more than a million cruise ship passengers.
“We’re very bullish on Tampa. … It’s the best city we work in, in terms of getting projects approved and built. And it’s about jobs. Tampa is well above average nationally for job growth. It’s a great place to be.”–Arturo Peña, vice president of the Related Group, the developer of Manor Riverwalk, the 8-story, 400-unit apartment complex being built on the waterfront lot that used to house the Tampa Tribune. First residents are expected to move in by November.
“Quite good.”–How Jeff Vinik assesses the Lightning’s TV ratings in Orlando.