Joe Henderson: Re-election bid shows Ross Spano not cursed with self-awareness
U.S. Rep. Ross Spano is less than two months into the job of representing Florida’s CD 15, and he already has filed to run for re-election in 2020.
That seems awfully bold, given the real possibility that he is standing on political quicksand and probably should deal with that first.
But as Susan Sarandon’s character in the movie Bull Durham noted: The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self-awareness.”
That about sums it up.
I know the business of politics rolls on, and many members of Congress barely end one campaign before they begin the next one. But this is not a good look for Spano. Someone should have whispered, “Dude, lay low for a while.”
You may remember that not long after he won election to the seat covering parts of Polk, Hillsborough and Lake counties, he admitted to possible campaign finance violations. That stems from $180,000 in loans he received last year from two friends, which he then redirected into campaign operations.
On his official financial reports, he listed that money as a personal loan from himself the campaign.
Um, no … can’t do that.
The Federal Elections Commission is reviewing a