Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner says that a controversial blog post written by a conservative blogger earlier this month is only a hint of the tone that he believes Republicans in the county will use against him over the course of the next year.
Beckner spoke briefly on Monday night to the Hillsborough County Democratic Executive Committee's monthly meeting at the Children's Board in Ybor City, where he used the opportunity as a call to arms to help him fundraise for his re-election bid in 2012.
That post written by Nadia Naffe nearly two weeks ago attempted to foster the impression that Beckner's personal wealth had expanded significantly since he was first elected in 2008, and that her attempts to understand why were being shielded.
CL was the first news source to publicize the blog post and question the commissioner about it - the Tampa Trib's William March blogged about it, and the St. Pete Times Bill Varian mentioned it in a larger piece about the fact that the Hillsborough GOP appears to be targeting him for defeat next year.
"The tone for the 2012 election season has been set, and to me it’s very clear it’s not going to be about people, it’s not going to be about policy, it’s going to be about politics, and I think it’s going to be about the same vitriol politics that we’re seeing going on in Washington right now," Beckner said Monday night.