U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek: Rep. Kendric...

U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek: Rep. Kendrick Meek faces big battle in...

There are 18 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jun 19, 2009, titled U.S. Rep. Kendrick Meek: Rep. Kendrick Meek faces big battle in.... In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

N ow, he has taken aim at another formidable target - popular one-term Gov. Charlie Crist - in an underdog campaign for the U.S. Senate.

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American

Saint Cloud, FL

#2 Jun 19, 2009
I never liked his Mother and wonder if she has ever paid back the money that was missing. She headed a non-profit and it was run badly and money was missing!!!! He is a chip off the mothers block. I would never vote for him ever!!!!!! That being said I do not like Charlie Crist either. It will be a cold day in hell before I would vote for either of these yahoo's!!!!!!!!!!

PS I lived in Miami for years!!!!!!!!!
Disturbed in Daytona

Port Orange, FL

#3 Jun 19, 2009
Where is the disclaimer at the bottom of this article disclosing that this was paid by the Democratic National Committee?
Wazmo Nariz

Palm Bay, FL

#4 Jun 19, 2009
ANOTHER black republican, huh? Sorry, Meeks, the novelty has worn off.
joe

Lake Mary, FL

#5 Jun 19, 2009
Wazmo Nariz wrote:
ANOTHER black republican, huh? Sorry, Meeks, the novelty has worn off.
Representative (Rep) Meeks is a DEMOCRAT you dolt!

More change we can believe in,huh?
Will

AOL

#7 Jun 19, 2009
Charlie Crist does not get one Black vote ; he and Greer have told them to vote Democratic . Gov. Crist ,a Greek , refuses to deal with diversity and uses Judicial Appointments as if that iis the only aspect the that folks who are in the majority but described as minorities are interested in being appinted too. Kendrick would not deal in this manner , in with the new out with the old , records do not lie ! Crist thinks that people have forgotten his association with Gov Palin's statement , "he is not one of us" with Sen. Martiinez at his side . This State is larger than the politics of race baiting , we need elected officcials who are going represent people not certain groups , as Gov. Crist does , anyone remember JEB's statement ," probaly nothing " , when asked what he was going to do for minorities , and the electorial outcome . Many believe that if he had not made this statement , he not Geoge would have been President . No more race baiting Florida needs someone who is going to represent all of the " Peoples " , that is truly change ! Gov. Crist is llivtng in and is of the past ! Actions manifest ones thoughts !
Scott

Astor, FL

#8 Jun 19, 2009
As a potential constituent of Rep. Meek, should he become Fla's second Democratic Senator, I would ask him to forward the following to the President:
Yo! Obama,
We got to chat. Your Administration is jailing political prisoners. Charles Lynch provided medical marijuana to an underage cancer patient undergoing chemo therapy. With his parent’s permission the patient used the medical marijuana to help in regaining his appetite and relieve pain. The medical marijuana helped the young man. Mr. President, you smoked pot, you got the munchies—do I have to draw you a picture. Mr. Lynch will spend a year in jail, his life destroyed, a criminal. You must feel satisfied; Mr. Lynch received a fair trial, he could not bring up the facts: that medical marijuana in California was legal, and that he followed all of the guidelines set up by the state and the city of Morro Bay to comply with zoning, security and patient registration. This is what amounts to a fair trial in our U.S. District Courts? Really? I am not a politician, lawyer, or well connected lobbyist, just a plain citizen so please listen to the following; helping people who are really struggling, will make you feel really good, and get you more support, especially when you get involved. We need more attention than the smart ass response you gave at the online town hall meeting, it was too smart and too cute by half. You know which response I’m talking about. We got it, we heard.“No, legalizing (medical) marijuana will not solve the problems of the U. S. economy.” That was not what you were asked, but you got a giggle from your quick quip. The following stories are America, Mr. President, our country, our people trying to help its weakest amongst us, while creating a more perfect union. Have you heard?
You need to do all that you can to ensure this situation gets resolved. Thank you for the chat, Mr. President.
American

Saint Cloud, FL

#9 Jun 19, 2009
I do not like Meek and it has nothing to do with race. I lived in Miami and his mother was a crook!!!! The apple does not fall far from that tree!!!!

Charlie Crist and Jim Greer are right in line with Carrie Meek so they are not on my list I would vote for! As for Jeb Bush his wife has shown she is a thief trying to bring purchases from Europe into this country and not pay the taxes!!!!!!
Delusionole

Belleview, FL

#10 Jun 19, 2009
Scott wrote:
As a potential constituent of Rep. Meek, should he become Fla's second Democratic Senator, I would ask him to forward the following to the President:
Yo! Obama,
We got to chat. Your Administration is jailing political prisoners. Charles Lynch provided medical marijuana to an underage cancer patient undergoing chemo therapy. With his parent’s permission the patient used the medical marijuana to help in regaining his appetite and relieve pain. The medical marijuana helped the young man. Mr. President, you smoked pot, you got the munchies—do I have to draw you a picture. Mr. Lynch will spend a year in jail, his life destroyed, a criminal. You must feel satisfied; Mr. Lynch received a fair trial, he could not bring up the facts: that medical marijuana in California was legal, and that he followed all of the guidelines set up by the state and the city of Morro Bay to comply with zoning, security and patient registration. This is what amounts to a fair trial in our U.S. District Courts? Really? I am not a politician, lawyer, or well connected lobbyist, just a plain citizen so please listen to the following; helping people who are really struggling, will make you feel really good, and get you more support, especially when you get involved. We need more attention than the smart **** response you gave at the online town hall meeting, it was too smart and too cute by half. You know which response I’m talking about. We got it, we heard.“No, legalizing (medical) marijuana will not solve the problems of the U. S. economy.” That was not what you were asked, but you got a giggle from your quick quip. The following stories are America, Mr. President, our country, our people trying to help its weakest amongst us, while creating a more perfect union. Have you heard?
You need to do all that you can to ensure this situation gets resolved. Thank you for the chat, Mr. President.
Stoner alert! LOL!
Wanta Be Senator

United States

#11 Jun 19, 2009
Stanaki Land deal in Volusia County should hurt Crist and McCollum . FDEP/ DSL was negotiating to buy land from a major Republican donor Mori Hosseini. In derrogation of a court ruling (Case 05-001852) Crist and Bush and granted development entitlements on the Land (FLAWC053106) while negotiations were in process. Hosseini was allowed to get new appraisals and raised the asking price from 8 to 16 million. Crist then had FDEP end negotiations and asked DCA to fund the purchase through a FCT Grant reimbursement program. This allowed new appraisals to be used by the State. Last Thursday (FCT Governing Board Meeting) DCA Secretary Pelham approved funding the purchase at the higher per acre price. FCT Director Reecy said the earlier FDEP appraisals and offers were "irrelevant" and removed them from the files prior to staff and Board review of the grant application (08-004-FF8). Both McCollum and Crist received donations before and since the Pioneer CDD was granted

UPDATE: CRIST APPOINTS HOSSEINI’S SISTER TO ST. JOHNS WATER
MANAGEMENT BOARD

Gov. Charlie Crist has picked two new people to serve on the regional water management district board for Central Florida – a Volusia County engineer with development ties and an Alachua County law professor with environmental ties.
Crist named Maryam H. Ghyabi, 50, of Ormond Beach, and Richard G. Hamann, 58, of Gainesville, to the St. Johns River Water Management District governing board, which controls water consumption permits, approves wetland permits and decides how much water the local utilities can siphon from the St. Johns River. The district includes parts of 18 counties, including most of metro Orlando.
Ghyabi is president of Ghyabi & Associates, a transportation engineering and planning firm that has been a consultant on many local transportation issues. She is a sister of Mori Hosseini, a big-time developer based in Daytona Beach. Hosseini is a Republican super-fundraiser, ranking as a “Ranger” who raised at least $200,000 for President Bush's 2004 re-election campaign. Hosseini and his array of companies frequently show up in many elected officials' campaign finance reports.
Hamann teaches water and ecosystem law at the University of Florida's Center for Governmental Responsibility. His professional affiliations include the Florida Defenders of the Environment and the Alachua Conservation Trust.
If approved by the state Senate, Ghyabi would replace David G. Graham of Jacksonville and Hamann would replace Ann T. Moore, the Flagler County representative.
Wanta Be Senator

United States

#12 Jun 19, 2009
March 31, 2009
The Honorable Charlie Crist
The Capitol
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-000I
RE: Complaint No. 09 -043, In re CHARLIE CRIST
CERTIFIED MAIL
RETURN RECEIPT REQUESTED

Dear Governor Crist:
The above-captioned complaint, recently received in the office of the Commission on Ethics, is
being transmitted to you pursuant to the requirements of Section 112.324, Florida Statutes. This
office will forward all future correspondence in this matter to you at the above-listed mailing
address unless otherwise notified of a change in your address. This transmittal is a routine
administrative requirement which should not be construed as an approval, disapproval, or
judgment of the complaint, either as to its terminology or merits. Please note that this complaint, as well as all of the Commission's proceedings and records relating to the complaint remain confidential either until you make a written request to the Commission that such records be made public or until the complaint reaches a stage in the Commission's proceedings where it becomes public. Unless we receive a written waiver of confidentiality from you, Our office is not free to release any documents or to comment on this complaint to members of the public or the press, so long as the complaint remains in a confidential stage. The Commission's procedures on confidentiality do not govern the actions of the complainant or the respondent. The following information is submitted to aid you in understanding the three procedural stages which a complaint may go through under the Commission's rules. The first stage in our complaint process is a determination of whether the allegations of the complaint are legally sufficient, that is, whether they indicate a possible violation of any law over which the Commission has jurisdiction. If the complaint is found not to be legally sufficient, the commission will order that the complaint be dismissed without investigation and all records relating to the complaint will become public at that time.
Wanta Be Senator

United States

#13 Jun 19, 2009
CHARLIE CRIST
Page2
March 31,2009
If the complaint is found to be legally sufficient , a preliminary investigation will be undertaken by the investigative staff of the Commission. The second stage of the Commission proceedings involves the preliminary investigation of the complaint and a decision by the commission of whether there is probable .cause to believe that there has been a violation of any of the ethics laws. If the complaint is investigated, you and the complainant will be given an opportunity to speak with the investigator. You also will be sent a copy of our investigative report prior to any action by the Commission and will be given the opportunity to respond to the report in writing.
If the Commission finds that there is no probable cause to believe that there has been a violation of the ethics laws, the complaint will be dismissed and will become public at that time.

If the Commission finds that there is probable cause to believe there has been a violation of the ethics laws, the complaint becomes public and enters the third stage of proceedings, which requires that the Commission decide whether the law actually was violated and, if so, whether a penalty should be recommended. At this stage, you have the right to request a public hearing (trial) at which evidence would be presented, or the Commission may order that such a hearing be held. Public hearings usually are held in or near the area where the alleged violation occurred. You will be notified of the commission's decisions at each stage and are entitled to be Represented by legal counsel during our proceedings. Upon written request documents and notices regarding the complaint will be provided to the attorney. If you are unfamiliar with the ethics laws and the Commission's responsibilities. In encourage you to access our website at www.ethics.state.fl.us , where you will find publications, rules, and other information. If there are any questions concerning this complaint or the procedures being followed by the Commission, please feel free to contact Ms. Kaye Starling, our Complaint Coordinator

Sincerely,
Philip Claypool
Executive Director
Wanta Be Senator

United States

#14 Jun 19, 2009
I wonder what is going on with this complaint. It has been floating around on the web for some time now. Don't you just bet they have covered all this up for Charlie. Maybe the Democrats can find out why he doesn't have to live by the rules everyone else does. He is immune to the law. So is Bill McCollum and Jim Greer. I am a Republican and I can see this corruption, I hope everyone else can.
Jermyn

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

#15 Jun 19, 2009
Man, reading this article, if I didn't know any better I would think that this is a leftist, Pro Right publication of the Republican Party. There way too many blind shots at Meeks. This article not only lacks professionalism, its a hard read.
Sam

AOL

#16 Jun 19, 2009
Ethics complaint that is a joke . The Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and Leaders of the Legislature , the investigation is done by the Attorney General . It would be easier to get into hell and out than for a complaint to be found "legally suffient" . LOL !
Oligarchs

United States

#17 Jun 19, 2009
Sam wrote:
Ethics complaint that is a joke . The Commissioners are appointed by the Governor and Leaders of the Legislature , the investigation is done by the Attorney General . It would be easier to get into hell and out than for a complaint to be found "legally suffient" . LOL !
You are so right about that. But just maybe the feds from the justice department will get involved and follow up on all this corruption like the Stanaki land deal he and McCollum was involved in with Hosseini and now misteriously Hosseini's sister is on the St Johns water management board.
No wonder the hate organized crime, that can't stand the competition.
Oligarchs

United States

#18 Jun 20, 2009
AMAZING HOW THIS JUST TURNED UP YESTERDAY:

Florida Ethics Commission says it will take Gov. Crist at his word on flights
Megan O’Matz | South Florida Sun Sentinel

5:33 PM EDT, June 19, 2009 Florida's Ethics Commission said this week that barring proof to the contrary, it will take Gov. Charlie Crist at his word that he pays for the trips he makes on wealthy businessmen's jets.

The commission declined a Marion County resident's request to look into Crist's flights, saying it does not have the authority to "audit a situation just to examine innuendo or speculation."

A Sun Sentinel investigation found Crist has taken more than 200 flights on private planes since 2007 to get to political functions, sporting events, dinners, concerts and weekend stays in South Florida and his hometown of St. Petersburg.

He flies most often on the jets of his longtime friend and oil businessman Harry Sargeant of Delray Beach, HMO founder Steven M. Scott of Boca Raton and developer Mori Hosseini of Daytona Beach, the newspaper found. Florida ethics law requires public officials to disclose gifts over $100. Crist has not reported receiving any gifts as governor.
Some of the flights he took were provided as in-kind contributions to the Republican Party of Florida, but not all of them. Crist has said he paid for flights that were personal, but declined to provide any records or proof of payment.

In its ruling issued Wednesday, the Ethics Commission noted that Crist said publicly that he paid for flights of a personal nature, and that the complaint included no evidence disputing that.

The commission also declined to look into a European trade mission Crist led to Paris, London, Madrid and St. Petersburg, Russia last July. A Miami travel agency paid $8,000 for the governor's first-class plane ticket and he stayed in hotel rooms costing up to $2,179 per night, paid for by business sponsors, the Sun Sentinel found.

The Ethics Commission said state-arranged trade missions are not considered gifts.

The North Florida man who filed the complaint against Crist, retiree Anthony J. Wiseman, said he shouldn't have to give the commission proof that Crist broke the law.

"They're paid to do the investigations," he said. "But what do you do when they refuse?"

The commission, with a staff of about 20, is responsible for investigating and issuing reports on complaints of "breaches of the public trust by public officers and employees," according to its Web site. But the panel must have a "legally sufficient" complaint alleging an actual violation to launch an investigation.

Ultimately, it can remove officials from office, but most often imposes modest fines.

Four current members of the nine-person Ethics Commission were appointed by Crist, including the chair, Tampa lawyer Cheryl Forchilli.

"That's one reason they don't want to buck him," said Wiseman. "Oh well."

Megan O'Matz can be reached at [email protected]
American

Saint Cloud, FL

#19 Jun 22, 2009
I as a republican am just sick to see this!!!!! The reason I became a republican in the first place was because the democrats were doing this kind of thing. It is time to get rid of Jim Greer and Charlie Crist! We need to kick them out of the republican party!!!!!!!!

The people who are paid to investigate should all be fired for not doing their jobs!! I have seen so much of this-where you turn the elected political official in for things and no one will do anything unless you have the proof in hand. Whatever happened to investigators! The only time they put a investigator on something is if they know the person is innocent and they are trying to frame them!!!!!!!!

I am worried about our Nation and our our State! We cannot survive with this behavior!!!!!!!!!!
Sneezer

Boca Raton, FL

#20 Jun 23, 2009
I will not be supporting K. Meek as he does not support me. Whenever I write to Mr. Meek, all I get is a canned answer regarding how much mail he gets and how he doesn't have time. Well guess what Kenrick, I don't have time for you either!

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