A problem cropped up at the Hillsborough County’s Lincoln Day fundraising dinner tonight, the premier annual fundraising event for the county party, where Gov. Rick Scott was the main speaker.
When U.S. Rep. Dennis Ross got up on the stage to lead the Pledge of Allegiance, he turned to his right to face the flag – and there wasn’t one.
Political gatherings like this one are typically almost covered in flags and other patriotic gear, usually including an American flag carried in by an honor guard. Someone apparently goofed in this case, even though it was a major event, with two Cabinet members, various Congress members and many other dignitaries attending to see Scott, who’s just now kicking his re-election campaign into high gear.
Ross and county party Chairman Tom Lee dithered for a moment on stage until the problem was solved by Hernando County state House candidate Blaise Ingoglia, who came up on stage holding a smart phone with a picture of a flag on the screen, to which the crowd of about 400 Republican donors, dignitaries and activists pledged allegiance.