Beckner again says recent controversial blog post sign of what's to come from Republicans next year

He attacked the post written by Naffe (who served as a regional field director for the Bush-Cheney 2004 re-elect team in Florida) as an example of "the extreme right" part of the GOP that he says is dominating the national conversation right now, "trying to set tone and policy. Policy not based on what's right in the community, but what's right for their politics."

Beckner, who is openly gay and whose partner, Gil Saentz, works for the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, has been shook up by the inclusion of the street address of a neighbor of the couple who live across their street. State law allows law enforcement officers to shield their home information to protect themselves.

Although Naffe never responded to our request for comment, she did do so after March posted his story last week, which you read at the bottom of his story.

Meanwhile, just as Beckner was asking for financial contributions from the group of Democrats to help withstand what he says will be more attacks over the coming years, the Republican he defeated in 2008, Brian Blair, issued a statement, where he criticized Beckner for supporting an increase in the millage for HART, the county's transit agency.

Blair said “with the poor economy and a decline in housing values, this tax increase makes no sense, and is a waste of tax payer’s money."

What Blair doesn't say in the press release is that one of Beckner's colleagues on the BOCC, Republican Mark Sharpe, also voted for the modest increase, and we put the emphasis on modest.

HART officials say the increase amounts to 41 cents more annually for a household whose value is roughly around $90,420.

The missive has some wondering if Blair is contemplating running against Beckner in 2012. But there's no guarantee if he were to get back into politics that he'd be the candidate. Steve Cona and Margaret Iuculano have already announced their candidacies for the Republican nomination for the District 6 countywide seat.

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.

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