Orange commission hopeful defends PAC...

Orange commission hopeful defends PAC donation

There are 9 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Sep 19, 2008, titled Orange commission hopeful defends PAC donation. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

A shadowy North Florida political group funded in part by Big Sugar, teachers and gambling interests has spent $13,000 on a mailer supporting Orange County Commission District 1 candidate Scott Boyd.

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Jim Gustino

United States

#1 Sep 19, 2008
A complete non-issue.

With all due respect to Ms. Gravitte, she is the darling of the special interest groups. Why?

Scott Boyd is committed to furthering the excellent ethics reforms championed by Teresa Jacobs, and has been actively involved in community affairs for a long time. Ms. Gravitte's resume re: local community involvement is strikingly sparse.

Ms. Gravite is bright and charming, but Scott Boyd has proven himself to be a bona fide leader in Orange County. Last time I checked, actions still speak louder than words.
media bias abounds

United States

#2 Sep 19, 2008
I read the term Big Sugar and I know the article is biased.

How about the Sentinel be the first paper to investigate Obama's contributions (or anything about Obama)? Start with Fannie Mae and Fredie Mac - he was the second highest recipient of all politicians.
Truth

Anderson, SC

#3 Sep 19, 2008
You must Pay to have good, honest government. What's the going rate for a politician?
Gellers loss

AOL

#4 Sep 19, 2008
Gellers loss is directly attributed to his campaign advice.
Having Issac Keith Stockton Reeves, IV running your campaign is like having Capt. Smith directing the SS Titantic - "stay on course - use the iceberg as your guide."
Geller had half his money left in the bank on Reeves' dubious advice "save it for the run-off."
Of course, having not made the run-off somewhat diminishes Geller's chances, wouldn't you say?
Reeves clearly doesn't know what he's doing.
The good news is that he's running Tegg's Titanic campaign.... just keep aiming for that iceberg....
Publius

Orlando, FL

#5 Sep 19, 2008
Gellers loss wrote:
Gellers loss is directly attributed to his campaign advice.
Having Issac Keith Stockton Reeves, IV running your campaign is like having Capt. Smith directing the SS Titantic - "stay on course - use the iceberg as your guide."
Geller had half his money left in the bank on Reeves' dubious advice "save it for the run-off."
Of course, having not made the run-off somewhat diminishes Geller's chances, wouldn't you say?
Reeves clearly doesn't know what he's doing.
The good news is that he's running Tegg's Titanic campaign.... just keep aiming for that iceberg....
Reeves is bad, that's for sure.
Couldn't get elected here in Winter Park twice in a row - we know him too well.
More surprising to see John Dowless' name pop up, so to speak.
This guy, described as a "ticking time bomb" by a national gay organization got fired from Mel Martinez's campaign after a rather shocking event at a local gay club.
Read all about it at
http://www.washingtonblade.com/2004/7-16/news...
Boyd must have known about this before he hired him.
That type of information won't sit well in West Orange county once it gets out in the next mailer!
WTF is the point

Dallas, TX

#6 Sep 19, 2008
None of these discussions about separate organizations or whose consultant is doing whatever have anything to do with the REAL issue...who's the better candidate?
I've met both Boyd and Gravitte multiple times and it's an easy choice for me. Boyd gets my vote...he's a genuine guy who cares about this community.
Jim Gustino

Longwood, FL

#7 Sep 19, 2008
Publius wrote:
<quoted text>
Reeves is bad, that's for sure.
Couldn't get elected here in Winter Park twice in a row - we know him too well.
More surprising to see John Dowless' name pop up, so to speak.
This guy, described as a "ticking time bomb" by a national gay organization got fired from Mel Martinez's campaign after a rather shocking event at a local gay club.
Read all about it at
http://www.washingtonblade.com/2004/7-16/news...
Boyd must have known about this before he hired him.
That type of information won't sit well in West Orange county once it gets out in the next mailer!
Give me a break. Don't you people have anything better to do than spread nasty innuendoes and smears? Guess hiding behind an anonymous moniker helps, huh?

What FACTS do you have to prove your assertion that "Boyd must have known about this before he hired him," or even that the piece you linked is indeed factual? And, so what if Dowless is a homosexual and -- God forbid -- a hypocrite?? He surely ain't alone in that category when it comes to politics....

Politics is too often a most slimy biz, and you have made it to the "finals" with your post. Congrats!

Our founding fathers must be spinning in their graves (at warp speed) when they consider how far the notion of statesmanship has deteriorated in this country.....

I guess the only positive thing is that very few people actually read the Orlando Sebntinel any more for political insight, so this is just another semi-tempest in a teapot...
flemingtraveler

AOL

#9 Sep 20, 2008
If Scott Boyd knew about his campaign manager's activities, that alone would disqualify him in my book.
Common Sense

Orlando, FL

#10 Sep 20, 2008
Everybody is missing the point of the article. Scott Boyd attacked his opponents for taking money from outside the district. He was doing this at the same time he was having his family business skirt campaign finance laws by giving money above the legal limit to a nice soundly shadowy group that was formed barely a month before the mailings it sent on his behalf went out. That group -- with the exception of the money from Boyd's company -- was entirely bankrolled by special interests from outside the district -- including gambling houses and U.S. Sugar.

I for one am tired of the hypocrisy. How can anyone defend Scott Boyd's saying one thing and doing another?

Jim Gustino, one thing about your first post is right -- actions DO speak louder than words -- and by his actions Scott Boyd has proven himself unfit to be in a position of public trust.

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