Blaise Ingoglia: ‘Hypocrats’ perfect new name for Democrats if they’re canceled

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'He’s Marjorie Taylor Greene in a suit.'

Sen. Blaise Ingoglia has a vision for the Democratic Party.

Ingoglia, a Spring Hill Republican who filed legislation (SB 1248) this week that would “cancel” the Democratic Party, noted the bill allows the party to remerge under a different name.

He has one candidate: “Hypocrats,” complete with a red, white and blue hippo logo.

Ingoglia said Republicans from California to Maine contacted him after Florida Politics’ story about the legislation went viral.

“Republicans all over the country love this bill because we’re shining the light on the hypocritical Democrats,” he said. “I’m getting equal amount of pushback from Democrats for the same exact reason. They don’t want us to shine a light on their past.”

The bill doesn’t target Democrats directly, but instead seeks to cancel any party whose platform ever endorsed slavery. That applies to Democrats, who adopted a pro-slavery position in the pre-Civil War era.

The Florida Democratic Party issued a statement bashing the bill and said it was nothing more than a publicity stunt.

“The sooner DeSantis and his puppets in the legislature learn that Florida is a Democratic Republic and not a Banana Republic, the better it will be for all Floridians,” it said.

Ingoglia insisted Democrats brought this on.

“Democrats wrote the unwritten rules of cancel culture: No matter what you do today, you should be judged by the sins of your past,” he said. “If you applied that same metric to the Democratic Party, we should be canceling the Democratic Party itself.”

Joe Adams, Democratic State Committeeman from Citrus County, part of Ingoglia’s SD 11, said the bill is meant to inflame.

“He’s just a media hound,” Adams said of Ingoglia. “He’s Marjorie Taylor Greene in a suit.”

As of now the bill does not have a House counterpart. Asked if that’s coming, Ingoglia said, “Stay tuned.”

Rep. Ralph Massullo, a Lecanto Republican who had planned to challenge for the SD 11 seat in 2022 until Gov. Ron DeSantis endorsed Ingoglia, said he wouldn’t support the bill if it comes up for a vote.

“I don’t think he’s serious about that. He’s just making a point,” Massullo said. “I don’t think people should be held responsible for what happened 150 years ago.”

Ingoglia said it’s not a joke.

“I don’t put up a piece of legislation I’m not serious about,” he said. “It’d be real interesting to have this bill heard in committee.”

Mike Wright

Mike Wright is a former reporter with the Citrus County Chronicle, where he had covered county government and politics since 1987. Mike's skills as an investigative reporter earned him first-place awards in investigative writing. Mike also helped the Chronicle win the Frances Devore Award for Public Service in 2002.


  • Bwj

    March 3, 2023 at 6:54 pm

    Only if we change the name of the Republican Party to the Insurrectionist Party. The Looney Tunes Party also works, as does the American Fascist Party.

    • Ron DeSantis Sucks

      March 3, 2023 at 10:49 pm

      I like calling them the Republic party to show how silly it is to refer to the Democratic party as the “Democrat party”.

  • trump lost

    March 4, 2023 at 6:56 am

    Ingoglia needs to read up on the Southern Strategy (and really everything the GOP has been doing after 1860) before casting stones. Then again, cancelling his own party may be a win for everyone.

    • Trump Won

      March 4, 2023 at 6:36 pm

      Except, of course, the fact you are lying. Do you realize how many times that myth about parties switching platforms has been debunked? You are asinine.

    • Trump Won

      March 4, 2023 at 6:37 pm

      Except, of course, the fact you are lying. Do you realize how many times that myth about parties switching platforms has been debunked?

  • TJC

    March 4, 2023 at 10:52 am

    Ingoglia is just another politician wanting his name in headlines no matter how it gets there. He lacks the skills, conviction, talent, and intelligence to craft legislation that would enhance the lives and security of his constituents, so this nonsense will have to do. And with some voters it will be very popular, very entertaining, and it will be all about “that guy, Ingoglia, ain’t he sticking it to the libs,” when in fact, no, he’s not. He’s sticking it to them by refusing to offer serious legislation.

  • tom palmer

    March 5, 2023 at 4:35 pm

    Why Democrats pay attention to someone like Sen,. Imbroglio is mysterious. We in the South know all of those former Democrats who endorsed slavery and segregation started voting and registering as Republican during the Goldwater campaign in 1964 and kept going, having finally gotten over the indignities of Republican Reconstruction, to which six weeks of American History classes were devoted in high schools in Mississippi and elsewhere at one time..

  • Doug

    March 6, 2023 at 5:50 am

    I’m missing something here. Are some of you feeble minded nitwits saying the Democratic Party isn’t engaging in this exact same behavior? Then there are the trolls who actually believe Biden got more votes than Obama. And the cavemen who haven’t come to grips with the fact the only staged insurrection in this nation was the Russia collusion hoax perpetrated by democrats?

    The FBI attempt to stage an insurrection on Jan 6 had nothing to do with trump of republicans.

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