With Trump’s endorsement, Vern Buchanan shuts the door on fledgling Primary challenger
Did Vern Buchanan pick up a little more power? Image via Facebook.

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I would say it was fun while it lasted but that would imply it even started.

I would say it was fun while it lasted, but that would imply it even started.

When former President Donald Trump gave U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan a “complete and total endorsement” on Monday, it effectively eliminated any chance that Martin Hyde’s circus act of a campaign for Florida’s 16th Congressional District would get off the ground.

It’s not like Buchanan needed the former President’s endorsement to destroy Hyde’s chances of winning the Republican nomination. Hyde did that to himself the moment he called Trump “wretched” and said he was “horrified” by the “bigotry and bullying” of Trump supporters.

He may as well have called them a “basket of deplorables.”

Since then, Hyde has done everything to distract from his anti-Trump rhetoric. He recently announced he was paying Roger Stone $10,000 a month to run his campaign (Hey Martin, better ask Roger for a refund before he splits) and, in his latest publicity stunt, hung a “Let’s Go Brandon” Christmas display on his front balcony.

Stay classy.

But let’s be honest, Trump’s endorsement in a Republican Primary is a golden ticket. Buchanan now has it in his back pocket — and that shouldn’t come as a surprise.

The longtime Congressman is currently the No. 2 Republican on the House Ways and Means Committee. With U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, the current ranking member, set to retire, Buchanan is the front-runner to replace him. Assuming the GOP retakes the House next year — and that seems inevitable at this point — Buchanan would become Chair.

The Ways and Means Committee oversees the U.S. tax code, tariffs, and critical social programs like Social Security and Medicare. In other words, Buchanan could be a key ally in getting the President’s agenda through Congress.

So, where does that leave Hyde?

Well, a candidate with an honest outlook on this race would nurse their wounds over the holidays and realize that running against a Trump-endorsed incumbent is a fool’s errand and that staying in the race just makes them look more foolish.

But nothing his campaign has done so far indicates Hyde is an honest candidate, let alone one capable of introspection. So, he may decide to stick it out.

If he does, he’ll be an easy target for Buchanan’s longtime political assassin Max Goodman who, as Florida GOP Chair Joe Gruters puts it, is a “master at creating chaos.”

Either way, the end is still the same.

Peter Schorsch

Peter Schorsch is the President of Extensive Enterprises and is the publisher of some of Florida’s most influential new media websites, including Florida Politics and Sunburn, the morning read of what’s hot in Florida politics. Schorsch is also the publisher of INFLUENCE Magazine. For several years, Peter's blog was ranked by the Washington Post as the best state-based blog in Florida. In addition to his publishing efforts, Peter is a political consultant to several of the state’s largest governmental affairs and public relations firms. Peter lives in St. Petersburg with his wife, Michelle, and their daughter, Ella.


  • Alex

    December 22, 2021 at 8:47 am


    The ability of Republicans to fool themselves into believing in an ignorant pathological liar with no discernable ethics or maturity simply amazes me.

    • H Katz

      December 22, 2021 at 12:50 pm

      Republicans are at least significantly more aware of the truth than Democrats who seem to have believed EVERYTHING Biden and the democrats told them as well as the lies from the MSM.

      • Alex

        December 22, 2021 at 1:02 pm

        Like the lie that the election was stolen?

        How about the Deep State tried a coup?

        Obama wiretapped Trump?

        Hillary deserves to be locked up?

        I have many more if you want to compare.

  • Richard Bolam

    December 22, 2021 at 12:31 pm

    I listened to Martin Hyde presentation. His position on foreign policy is the same as Joe Biden. Born in Breat Britain and thinks like s Socialits. R.I.N.O.

  • Jessica

    December 22, 2021 at 2:03 pm

    My husband is into politics, however I am not. So from time to time I accompany him to a political dinner or event. A couple months ago we had the opportunity to meet both Buchanan and Hyde. Buchanan was very stuck up, rude, disconnected, and seemed to be struggling mentally. I only formed this opinion after making it past his entourage of protection. Martin Hyde seemed really nice, engaging, sharp and very sincere. I don’t know enough to say what Mr. Hyde’s chances are, but everyone we talk to has been a vote for Hyde.

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