Billie Tucker’s Op-Ed: Blue doesn’t look good on you Duval. Will Trump lose because of us?

[box] Billie Tucker gives her thoughts on the local mid-term elections. Please comment and share your thoughts.[/box]

I just returned from the hospital – unnamed for now to protect the innocent – and it’s been a lousy day.  I woke up early to take my brother to the hospital for back surgery.  It’s been a long time coming and he has gotten past the point of fear of the surgery because the pain is so severe.  We arrived at the hospital at 5:45 and he was due in surgery at 7:45.  You know the routine, all the paperwork, all the prepping, all the prodding, all the questions and all the poking — and he was just about to be wheeled into the operating room.  Suddenly, the surgeon came in, closed the curtains and said, “I’m so sorry.”  We stared at him and wondered “Why?”  Then he said, “the cardiovascular surgeon didn’t have your surgery on his schedule and he’s not able to make it.  We’ll have to reschedule for 3 weeks from now.”  We were stunned.  What a mess.  How could this happen?  Didn’t they all talk to each other?  My brother saw the cardiovascular surgeon just last week.  What went wrong?  No answers – just apologies.  After a while, I said to the surgeon bearing the bad news, “It’s okay – you didn’t do it.  The other guy did.”

And then he said the magic words that our local Republican Party, Mayor, Candidates, and rich guys who channel the money into coffers need to hear…

“I’m leading this team and it is all my fault.  I will take responsibility for it and we will make sure this never happens again.  When you are the lead, you take the heat.”

My mind raced to the article I read in the hospital waiting room regarding last night’s “tons of excuses” about why Duval County went blue.  You can read the article here:  Karyn Morton goes rogue   but the jest of it is this:

Karyn Morton blamed everyone and his brother for Losing Duval and she didn’t take the “heat” for any of it.  Karyn had some good points in her speech but the problem was — she refused to admit any wrongdoing.  It is embarrassing for her and for the party.  She deserves a big Stink Eye and she needs to take some leadership lessons from my brother’s doctor!

And while we are at it, we also want to point out a few things that caught Eye’s attention during the mid-terms:

  • Mayor Curry is truly the head of the Republican Party.  But he and Karyn don’t play well together so they played in different sandboxes while the local Democrat Party put aside foolish things and worked together with Blue paint.  Mayor Curry laid low during these mid-terms and we wonder why. He was timid with his endorsements of Ron DeSantis and Rick Scott.   And on election day, his twitter feed said nothing about “Go Vote” and instead was reserved for his son’s football game that evening.  He was radio silent and silence signals weakness — or a clear strategy to win the Mayor’s race by not being seen in the mid-terms.  Jacksonville deserves better than this from our Mayor and we are giving him a Stink Eye for his lack of mid-term influence and support.
  • While the big money guys put big dollars in Mayor Curry’s PAC, the local GOP looked high and low for help and support to get the ground game moving.  Those who did all they could – the grassroots, the lovers of liberty and those who do it for the mission — deserve a Wink Eye and the rich guys deserve a Stink Eye for not helping them.  Shame on you for using the little guys to do the work while you wine and dine with each other and laugh because you know you are in charge.  Money talks, you know.
  • The Democrat Party received a ton of outside dollars from special interests and especially those interested in taking Donald Trump down.  We understand those people are staying behind and will be engaged in the local races in March and will prepare their ground game for a Trump loss in 2020.  They deserve a Wink eye for the work they do even though we don’t really like the work they do because we don’t believe in their platform of socialism.

Friends of Eye on Jacksonville, it’s time to hold our “leaders” accountable to Leadership.  It’s time for Mayor Curry to step to the plate and lead his party.  It’s time for the rich guys to stop hating on the ground teams who work night and day to win.  It’s time for this city to come together and do what is right for the people.  It’s time for Karyn Morton to stop her whining and step aside.  Let someone else try to take this mess and turn it around.  And then that person needs to open their arms to everyone and build the party NOW.  2020 is a birds-eye view away!

Truthfully my friends, Jacksonville is screaming for leadership.  Maybe we should ask my brother’s doctor to run for Mayor or to lead Duval GOP?  What say you?

Does Blue look good on Jax?  Blue ain’t your color…

[author] [author_image timthumb=’on’][/author_image] [author_info]Billie Tucker has worked in the CEO world for more than 30 years and was the Chief Operating Officer of Vistage Florida, a think tank for CEOs. She started her own consulting practice, CEO Service Bureau, in 2001 and earned a reputation for her keen understanding of the motivations, challenges and goals of people and became a life-long student and teacher of leadership principles. She craved anything leadership related and enjoyed being around the world of entrepreneurial CEOs. She watched as they made decisions; pondered how they would make payroll when cash flow was tight; and appreciated how they created career opportunities for hundreds of thousands of people. Because of her experiences, she has emerged as a key resource for the media and others who want to understand important insights about executives, management teams and board dynamics. In 2008, Billie became discouraged as she watched some of her clients struggle with the political economic impacts on their businesses. The same CEOs who mortgaged their home and charged up their credit cards to make ends meet to build a business and keep others working, now watched as their government bailed out the big banks who had mismanaged their resources. She cringed as most of her clients laid off employees for the first time and she vowed she would help them… somehow…someway. That somehow…someway showed up in the Tea Party Movement in America. She formed one of the largest tea party group’s in America (more than 9,000 members strong) and helped bring attention to America’s debt problem, out of control spending, over taxation and regulation strangulation on companies. With her background in working with leaders and her influence in the political and leadership world, Billie has continued her dream to help CEOs navigate these troubling waters that permeate the world of capitalism in America. She has been an active participant in the media as a guest on CNN, Fox News, Fox Business, Bott Family Network Radio and co-hosts a political/financial radio show in the Northeast Florida market entitled, Smart Money. She was the first speaker at the House of Representatives Tea Party Caucus inaugural event and was invited by Heritage Foundation to speak at their prestigious annual Heritage Resource Bank, and on their National Security Panel live broadcasts. She spoke at the Congressional Republican House Retreat in Pennsylvania in 2012. She was also the co-host and co-producer of the CNN Tea Party Express Debate in the 2012 Presidential Election. She is a firm believer that America needs more entrepreneurs and more opportunities for people to use their God-given talents and passions to better themselves, their communities and America. Her favorite quote has become her mission to help CEOs succeed: “Vision without execution is hallucination.” – Thomas Edison[/author_info] [/author]



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Billie Tucker Volpe Founder of Eye on Jacksonville and Leadership Consultant to CEOs/Executives.


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