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Monday, August 23, 2010

Broward political insider wisely intones the truth: "Kristin Jacobs has gone over to the Dark Side."


At the exact moment that Broward County Comm. Kristin Jacobs foolishly but typically over-played her hand at the August 10th Commission meeting dealing with the adoption or rejection of the ethics reform package proposed by the Broward County Ethics Commission, by uttering the word "McCarthy," I knew that it would appear in a campaign direct mail flyer from Steve Geller & Co., whether from his campaign or from one of the groups involving his Police union and gambling/casino pals like Dan Adkins at The Mardi Gras Casino.

The real questions wasn't whether it would appear but rather how over-the-top would it be.
Last week many of us got that answer.
But back to Kristin Jacobs for a moment or two.


Looking at my copious notes from that meeting, which I also recorded 95% of, I wrote the following:

Oh, yes she did!
Kristin Jacobs histrionics go into overdrive as she yells "McCarthy" in a half-filled room.

Geller acolytes hearing/watching this are already blowing her kisses.
Will anyone publicly call out Jacobs for her outrageous and jaw-dropping cry invoking "McCarthy"? he said to himself.
No, they will not.
For reasons that we all already know.

For the record, by that time in the proceedings, I'd moved over to the middle section of the chambers, where later, Sen. Chris Smith showed up in a huff and took a seat right in front of me in the front row, prepared to wax indignant over charges of him "lobbying down."


A well-known Broward political personality who knows a great deal about what is REALLY going on in Broward County, facts aplenty, said something interesting to me after the meeting, when we were outside on the sidewalk, and he was going to speak to some TV reporters across Andrews Avenue about some things before the did their LIVE shots for their respective newscasts.

It's a comment that bears repeating, and not just because it aligns with my own evolving P.O.V. about
Jacobs over the past year, since I had always previously given her the benefit of the doubt: "Kristin Jacobs has gone over to the Dark Side."
It's true.


Comm. Jacobs sent me an actual letter completely out-of-the-blue about two months ago -how did she get my home address?- but I never bothered to open it for one simple reason.

I
don't want to be pals with the members of the Broward County Commission, I simply want them to be honest, smart and hard-working and stop making this county a laughing-stock that chases families and companies out, or scares them from ever coming here in the first place. Period.

Some seem so used to being around people who defer to them that they forget that some reasonable people just look at them as paid employees.

You know, I don't need to be pals with the cashier at Publix or Panera's, either, just treat them in a civil manner.

The commissioners work for you and me, not the other way around.

Much of the above appeared in an email I sent out to a few dozen people the night of the meeting under the subject header: Perpetually indignant Broward Commission showed its true colors Tuesday afternoon.



August 20, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

Above is the Steve Geller campaign mailer I received last week attacking Comm. Sue Gunzburger and using a well-known photo of Wisconsin Senator Joe McCarthy during the infamous hearings of the '50's.
Noteworthy is the fact that there is no return address on the reverse side, though in tiny print -and I do mean tiny, even with my 20/15 eyesight- was the legal Steve Geller campaign disclaimer.


August 20, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

At top of post and above is a recent Gunzburger mailer.
Below is another campaign flyer which contains information on just one of the many reasons while I'll be voting against Geller. Not that this is a surprise to anyone who comes to this site frequently.

August 20, 2010 photo by South Beach Hoosier.

And really, please no more emails or letters from indignant Broward County Commissioners.
You're the hired help, not me.
And start working harder, smarter and more ethically or there are going to be some major changes.

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