Brilliant rebuttal. Well-worded, factually on point, and thought-provoking. THIS is the editorial acumen Tallahassee is strongly missing of late! Many thanks! Reply
Brilliant rebuttal. Well-worded, factually on point, and thought-provoking. THIS is the editorial acumen Tallahassee is strongly missing of late! Many thanks!
How truly tragic that people can be this narrow in their vision, or lack thereof. I pray that Tallahasseee is better than this. I’ll not address the multitudes of misinformation or vitriolic insinuations. It’s time to stop this and pull this community together. It’s always easier to destroy than to create. I’m sure Sue Dick and Jay Smith would welcome a dialogue.
Ms. Martin, Please point out the misinformation and “vitriolic insinuations”? The truth may sting the prominent leaders of the Chamber but only the truth will pull this community together, not well-placed pleas like yours to come together. If Sue Dick and Jay Smith want to dialogue, let them stand up for themselves publicly and right the record. Until then, I’ll just go with well-documented proof of the Chambers complicity in corruption.
I haven’t read the article yet – it appears hard to read on my phone; I’ll check it out on a laptop – but I wanted to commend you on putting your names on it.
I’ve agreed with your positions and appreciated previous articles, but I didn’t like the anonymity. So thank you for opening up.
Get another cup of coffee and read it thoroughly. A very long but very important read.
I greatly appreciate this thorough and candid article that every citizen should read.
Many of us who’ve long resisted the Chamber’s actions aiding and abetting the corruption in misuse of our tax monies are pleased to have it said out loud.
Thank you for your in-depth report and analysis. I suspect that the Chamber will remain relevant as Tallahassee is far from removing, or even beginning to remove, the ingrained, and now inbred, corrupting influence of the triumvarate. But there are others, many of whom were there then, and remain there now. And they will still have access to a $90-million slush fund made available by the efforts of the likes of Burnette and Imagine Tallahassee. To fund the Chambers’s greed, and to line the pockets of others, the citizens of Leon County lost out on a lot of essential infrastructure. In 20 years, when we and those who set up that fiasco are gone, I hope those that follow us are not left with the question, “What did they do with all that money?”
How are businesses benefitted by political hacks, elected officials, and nonprofits attending on the taxpayers dime? Most local businesses I know of don’t attend the Chamber Junket because they are too busy trying to make a living and don’t have time for such nonsense.
How many local businesses are licensed to do business in Leon County and the City of Tallahassee? How many attend the conference? The Tallahassee Chamber and Sue Dick pad this ridiculous event with political hacks, elected officials, insider special interests, and nonprofits and does not benefit anybody except themselves. It has reverted into a corrupt enterprise that is counter productive to the businesses in Tallahassee and Leon County.
Your letter a few years ago supporting City Commissioner Maddox to abandon the superintendent position (because he had no chance of winning) and remain a City Commissioner was sad that you are so far off the mark in discernment. You are a continuous supporter of an elected official who was so deep in corruption and couldn’t even manage to live in his district… and therefore, should have never qualified — shows an aloofness to the citizenry.
keep digging there is more to this sad story,five years? These clowns get only 5 years, Mary jame will make jd more money then he can ever spend, while he serves his time,were ever that may be, Devo is Devo sorry no good words for him, amazon? they will come stay a few years and bail on tallahassee leaving yet one more empty retail building. And the retail,”build it and they will come and fail” circle we have going will start all over again, someone is making money somehow on empty retail,eateries and failed business, PSSSST can i sell you unneeded student housing or a crappy hotel?
Here’s a little factoid to share with your readers:
A number of years ago as Leon County Commissioner at-Large, I pushed for a county wide charter amendment to reduce the maximum amount of money in local political campaigns from $500 to $250.
The commission voted 4-3 and my proposal was put before the voters in the next election.
Prior to Election Day, I was invited by Sue Dick to make a presentation to the Chamber Executive Committee detailing why I thought my proposal would be a good thing for Tallahassee. I appeared before the Chamber group. As I started to make my statement, the Chamber’s lawyer/lobbyist Rick Bateman stood up at the end of the table, took out his wallet, slammed it on the table and said, “Commissioner, you may have the votes of the people to push your liberal agendas but this is what we have to influence the way things go in this county.” Stunned for the moment, I stood up, smiled, and said “well I assume this concludes this meeting”.
On Election Day, Leon County voters overwhelmingly passed the charter amendment limiting all county elected candidates from accepting no more than $250 for each election cycle (I would have preferred that the amount be lowered to $100 but as a compromise I agreed to $250). I believe the City of Tallahassee followed suit at a later time and reduced their maximum allowable to $250 as well. I think the voters made a statement with that referendum. Of course, there are still many ways to get around financial contribution limits, and our work is not done. But it was a beginning and, to the point of your article, The Tallahassee Chamber of Commerce bitterly fought to defeat it! In this case, I believe the voters won. Today, Florida’s local candidates, excepting Leon and the City of Tallahassee, are allowed by state law to raise $1,000 per electoral cycle. Maybe I’m wrong, but I think we sent a message. The message was that the best “currency” in politics are (or should be) ideas and policy considerations and not just who gets the most money from whom.
This entire article was written for the CHAMBER-POT headline joke, right?
An exceptional analysis of one of the central factors in Tallahassee’s ongoing decline from mediocrity.
Keep it coming. Nothing scatters the cockroaches like a bright light.