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2020

Anna Eskamani, Blaise Ingoglia stand in for Donald Trump, Joe Biden in Tiger Bay tangle

The exchanges were a stark contrast to the septuagenarian rancor in the first presidential debate.

Two of Florida’s more articulate legislators jousted about the ongoing presidential race Friday, workshopping top of the ticket themes for a Sunshine State audience.

Rep. Anna Eskamani, representing the Democratic side of the equation, went up against Rep. Blaise Ingoglia in a forum hosted by the state’s Tiger Bay clubs.

The exchange, in stark contrast to the septuagenarian rancor in the exchanges between President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden, were respectful and non-polemical, a look at how lawmakers see the process of governing as much of the sales pitch for a given candidate.

Eskamani and Ingoglia disagreed about most everything, however cordially, not least of which was the coronavirus and the President’s handling of the pandemic.

“We already know just by the impact COVID has had on this country … President Trump has been making decisions throughout this pandemic based on politics, not science,” the Orlando Democrat intoned.

Ingoglia, a Republican from Spring Hill who once chaired the Republican Party of Florida, said that Democrats put impeachment over coronavirus, a proposition Eskamani didn’t agree with, saying Trump needed to “rise above and demonstrate leadership to everyone else around him.”

Climate change also offered contrast, with Eskamani saying Trump, like many Republicans, ignored science and was in the pockets of the fossil fuel industry.

Ingoglia noted that Trump was right to remove America from the Paris Climate Accord, saying Republicans “love Trump because he puts America first.”

The two also diverged on vote by mail, with Ingoglia citing “plenty of evidence of ballot fraud” and Eskamani claiming Republican caterwauling about potential fraud was fundamentally “undemocratic.”

“We know all too well that, yes, there are occasions of fraudulent voting,” Eskamani said, “but it’s not the norm.”

Larger economic issues came to the fore, with Ingoglia saying Trump “delivered real numbers, real money for people,” citing a Gallup poll saying 56% of people were economically “better off than they were four years ago.”

“This President knows that the way you boom an economy is to have more money in the hands of the people,” Ingoglia said.

That said, Ingoglia spotlighted the national debt as a serious danger, one that gives rival nations leverage to “manipulate our economy.”

Trump has increased deficit spending, especially in response to the pandemic, in a way unseen since the mobilization for World War II.

Eskamani noted that while “government debt isn’t new to the U.S.,” it’s a unique concern given the accelerated spending in recent years.

Law and order spiced up the forum also, with Ingoglia depicting the Biden ticket as catering to radicals.

Eskamani, when asked about violent protests, noted the ones she’s participated in in Orlando have been peaceful.

“Democrats have called out the violence and vandalism as well,” Eskamani said, before accusing the President of trying to fuel racial tensions with intemperate rhetoric.

Party line postulations continued on other issues, including the Supreme Court nomination of Amy Coney Barrett and the dreaded specter of “court packing,” with both stand-ins taking their party’s platform.

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A.G. Gancarski has been a correspondent for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. In 2018, he was a finalist for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies "best political column." He can be reached at AG@FloridaPolitics.com

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  1. Candace

    October 17, 2020 at 9:50 am

    President Trump did rise, no soared, even tho the Democrats with hate in their lying hearts trashed him. The Russia hoax was run by Hillary and gang and just like Kavanaugh, tried to ruin his life. Lied about C-19, and even used a Russian spy to spy on Trump. In my life time I have never seen such perpetrated lies and hate from the Democrat Party.

  2. Shelby

    October 18, 2020 at 11:16 am

    Let’s please be very clear about Eskimani. We can keep looking and looking but it seems there’s nothing of substance there to support actual, effective leadership… the primary focus she is leaning on is representing the unemployed and most people resolved that months ago or are heading back to work. Her television ad with the woman saying Eskimani saved her family in navigating the unemployment system is so contrived and manipulative it’s an insult to those who have been through it.

    Here’s the reality of what Eskimani did with unemployment, she basically created a list. She sends the list to DEO. She has had an autoresponder created linking to her list. She has a ridiculous ‘town hall’ on Fridays where she fiddles with her phone and deals with her lack of basic technical knowledge for a long time each week and then reiterates public facts that have been published throughout the week by news outlets and FLDEO. Much of the time is spent criticizing and focused on a bizarre hatred of the Governor and the President. She appears in the same shirt with unspeakable mass of hair she can’t seem to even brush or pull back for the presentation. All these little details add up to a clear indication that she genuinely does not care or respect us. There is no insider knowledge or benefits to the viewers beyond what is already publicly available. She trolls Facebook for desperate citizens who may not qualify for unemployment benefits or have the capacity to fill out the forms. Yes, there were some issues with the Connect application failing and being overloaded but that’s not a viable premise to elect someone who complained about it. We all complained about it and it got resolved like any other technical issue in any other application.

    Eskimani has exhibited a clear lack of understanding that every administrative assistant does in minutes every day. Web forms, Microsoft Excel, etc. She says crazy stuff in her town halls that sound like someone’s grandpa describing her comprehension of the most basic technology. Why? Because she has never had a real job. Not one. She has been groomed by some very strong players from a young age and has been an abortion activist.

    The strong adverse reaction to Eskimani is based on feeling completely insulted by overtly unsophisticated attempts at manipulation. This is a woman who posted a photo of her kitchen with an 8*10 photo of herself on her own refrigerator. This is a woman who appeals to those who feel misunderstood or unloved to feed her voracious millenial narcissism.

    It’s downright cruel. Orlando is a dirty, dangerous place with no hope for Eskimani to make a difference because she burns bridges with her overwhelming focus on anger and toxic criticism of her peers and leadership that could partner with her for the benefit of Floridians.

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