MR ETHICS, MEET THE ETHICS COMMISSION
I FILE A COMPLAINT OVER THE DDA ABSENTEE BALLOT CAMPAIGN

It looks like the Get-Out-The-Vote/Absentee Ballot campaign by the DDA is turning out to be a gift that keeps on giving.


Within days of my original story Michelle Niemeyer, one of Sarnoff’s opponents filed a complaint with the Ethics Commission and the FDLE.  Then Kate Callahan joined in by writing State Attorney Katherine Fernandez-Rundle wanting to know why she hadn’t charged anybody for allegedly violating several Florida statutes, and then the DDA, trying to get out from under, voted to ask the Florida the City Attorney’s office to ask the Attorney General to issue an opinion that would protect them from my request to  give me copies of the postcards that I have alleged they shouldn’t have copied to begin with, and now, just to clarify the issues I have filed my own ethics complaint against Commissioner Sarnoff, his staff member William Plasencia, DDA Assistant Executive Director Javier Betancourt and then CRA Communications Director David Karsh.


In part, I filed this complaint because the Ethics Commission is prepared to dismiss Niemeyer’s complaint.  I predicted this in my last post, and what I’ve learned in my observations about the Ethics Commission is that they don’t “investigate” anything. 


Consequently, while Neimeyer’s complaint could have served as the basis for an investigation that might have led to a determination that the provisions of Florida Statute 106.15(3), were violated, it would have required real work on the part of Manny Diaz, the investigator assigned to the case.


Diaz, like so many others on the public dole is lazy, and not overly prone to so much as lift a sheet of paper that might lead to information he’d be forced to follow up on.


What Niemeyer’s complaint alluded to, and what my complaint addresses in specificity is the charge that, as the statute spells out:


   “A candidate may not, in the furtherance of his or    

    her candidacy for nomination or election to public

    office in any election, use the services of any state,

    county, municipal, or district officer or employee

    during working hours.”


None of this necessarily means that the Ethics Commission will treat my complaint differently than Niemeyer’s, but unlike other folks, when you really piss me off, I start collecting bigger and bigger rocks to throw at you, and all of these folks have really pissed me off.  So, while this is a big rock, I’m rolling a boulder over to my little launching pad as I wait to see what happens with this rock.


Below is a copy of my complaint. The actual complaint starts on page 5.

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