Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Governor Crist's Odious Appointment

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Slowly but surely, you build up a database of information such as access to public records. I ordered two of the organization's manuals that deals with the open-records laws in Florida. I am grateful there is such an organization as the First Amendment Foundation. lee

Thank you for contacting the First Amendment Foundation. To answer your question, interview notes should be open records when two or more persons are there discussing matters integral to the agency. Interviews with boards are typically open as well, according to 286.11 and 119.

To further your claim, I would suggest contacting the AGs office and Alexis Lambert as she will be able to further assist you in asserting claims against the agency. That number is 850.245.1057.

Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have further questions.

Luke C. Waters
Legal Intern
First Amendment Foundation
336 E. College Avenue, Suite 101
Tallahassee, FL 32301
(850) 224-4555


Governor Crist:

I read with disgust that you had appointed Dr. Earl Lennard to fill out Phyllis Busanksy's term as Supervisor of Elections. Ms. Busanksy was a worthy woman and honest politician, a field in which linking those words is usually a contradiction in terms.

Dr. Lennard and his thugs in the Hillsborough County administration savaged Mr. Doug Erwin, an administrator who discovered crime in the school and the administration and only asked that Dr. Lennard do something to clean up the problem.

Instead, Dr. Lennard set out to destroy Mr. Erwin, deprive him of his job, and strip him of his pension. Mr. Lennard's getting a lawyer finally and suing the school board under the Whistleblower law saved him. He won the charge and $165,000 from a jury who believe him, not the lying Lennard and his administration cohorts. Citizens paid that $165,000 for Lennard's and collaborators' crime.

You can't have been unaware of this seamy episode in Dr. Lennard's history in the early nineties. Everybody knows about it. It was widely covered in the press. Your advisers in Tampa certainly knew about it. They have given you bad advice on the Supervisor of Elections choice.

Your action in appointing this unethical man is why people have such distrust of politicians. They stick together despite such unsavory conduct and have contempt for voters who object to it.

Lee Drury De Cesare

15316 Gulf Boulevard 802
Madeira Beach, FL 33708

I am watching the audience comments right now from the board meeting online. "They better have started her time!" says Kurdell when she calls you up and doesn't see you immediately. I gather that since you took so long to get to the podium she thought the time should be started already. That is how I interpreted it. I don't think that is fair. They should start the time from when you begin to speak.

They also almost forgot to start public comments. That is how much they care to hear from the public. Kurdell has to be reminded that they should do public comment, and then she says that oh, yes, they
were supposed to start public comment at 5pm.

I assume that means they had gone over and had not started public comment at 5pm. Not only were
they late in starting public comment, but they almost skipped it altogether until someone reminded Kurdell. This is a sign of how much they care about any public input.

The board fawns on the sycophants who caterwaul compliments to the board, but if somebody wants to say what is wrong with the board in citizen comment time, they can't wait for the critic's three minutes of citizen input to end. What a bunch of big, spoiled babies. They don't have the moxie for the political arena. They don't have a shred of respect for the First Amendment. They are unamerican. lee


Anonymous said...

If more people watched the shenanigan's the board would be forced to clean up its act.

Anonymous said...

No, they are too arrogant. Lee has exposed their shenanigans to many, and they continue on as if they have always done the right thing. This is a tactic used by Republican politicians: when exposed just clamp your mouth shut and continue to do as you are doing. Eventually, the press gets tired of trying to report shenanigans when no one will respond and the politicans keep doing the same thing. These board members know that the majority of the community view them as small fries and ignores them, so they get away with murder.

Anonymous said...

Corruption at the top. According to your blog, Dr. Lennard lacks ethics. All I can say Buddy Johnson part deux.

Vox Populi said...

anonymous two and three nailed it. clamp their mouths and other parts closed and carry on .... let them EAT CAKE.

Vox Populi said...

well if ten citizens came and filled out cards to speak each one could assign you to speak for them and you could then speak for thirty minutes. LA !