Brent Batten: Taking talk radio to the House floor

BRENT BATTEN
Naples Daily News Columnist Brent Batten shares some of his satirical thoughts about Southwest Florida news, politics and culture with the Marco Island Alumnae Club Tuesday at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The Alumnae Club, a service organization of about 100 Island women, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from September through April, raising money for several causes including their primary charity, Santa's Helpers, which provides resources to children with low income families in Collier County.

Photo by KELLY FARRELL, Staff

Naples Daily News Columnist Brent Batten shares some of his satirical thoughts about Southwest Florida news, politics and culture with the Marco Island Alumnae Club Tuesday at the Marco Island Yacht Club. The Alumnae Club, a service organization of about 100 Island women, meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month from September through April, raising money for several causes including their primary charity, Santa's Helpers, which provides resources to children with low income families in Collier County.

Congress is made up of lawyers and doctors, steelworkers and ministers.

There are car dealers, scientists, cops and even a tug boat captain.

If Trey Radel is successful in his bid to replace U.S. Rep. Connie Mack, you can add a broadcaster to the ranks.

The number of members with a background in media has jumped in the last couple of years. A 2010 report by the Congressional Research Service listed seven media members in the Senate or House. A year later, after the 2010 elections, the number jumped to 17, according to the CRS count.

Not that there's anything wrong with that. Broadcasters, journalists and the like have the makings of a good representative every bit as much as the comedians, football players and vintners there with them.

But one has to wonder if Radel, a conservative morning radio talk show host on 92.5 before resigning last week to run for office, might have a special niche in the House should he be elected.

You'll recall freshman Florida Sen. Marco Rubio made a splash in 2011 with his first speech from the Senate floor, "The New American Century."

Radel would have the chance to make a similar maiden speech, only his would be shaped by his drive-time radio background and might go something like this:

"Good morning ladies and gentlemen. It's 8:07 a.m. and I'm Trey Radel with you this morning from the House chamber. It's great to be here to greet another day in Washington, D.C. The weather today is supposed to be fair and mild. We'll have a full forecast at 24 past the hour so stay tuned.

"Let's get right into it. I want to talk about budget deficits and the need to rein in spending. We as a nation need to be more fiscally responsible.

"Speaking of fiscally responsible, are you looking to save money? Then let me tell you about Tire Empire. They're fair, honest and if you buy three Goodrich Advantage T/A all-weather tires you get the fourth one free. It doesn't get more fiscally responsible than that and as always, mounting and balancing are free.

"It's 8:09 and the people need to take back control of this government. They need to get involved and stay informed.

"Fortunately, we've got news at the top and bottom of every hour plus breaking news updates as news happens.

"The market needs a chance to operate away from the constraints of government. That's the whole basis of our free-market economy.

"Free just like the United Way bake sale coming up this weekend. You can help out a good cause and get yourself some delicious homemade bread, cookies and pies while you're at it.

"It's 8:12 on this Monday morning and sports is just around the corner with all your weekend scores and highlights.

"Later, I want to discuss limiting the size and scope of government because a government that is big enough to give you everything you want is big enough to take everything you have but I see looking at the clock it's 8:14 and I've got to take a break.

"When I come back, your phone calls. Mr. Speaker, I yield the remainder of my time."

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