Commissioner Fred Brummer Crosses the Line
Proposed County Ordinance and Special Election are Full of Pandering and Spite
Published: March 5, 2014
JUST THE STATS
COST OF PROPOSED MAY 27 SPECIAL ELECTION FOR ORANGE COUNTY THAT WOULD, AMONG OTHER THINGS, EXPAND THE NUMBER OF COMMISSION DISTRICTS FROM SIX TO EIGHT, ELIMINATE THE ELECTED TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE AND RESTRICT CITIZEN PETITION INITIATIVES
NUMBER OF CITIZENS CURRENTLY RESIDING IN ORANGE COUNTY, WITH 697,830 REGISTERED TO VOTE: 295,506 DEMOCRATIC, 202,443 REPUBLICAN.
GROWTH OF ORANGE COUNTY HISPANIC POPULATION BETWEEN 2000 AND 2010
“THE ADDITION OF TWO NEW COUNTY COMMISSION DISTRICTS, ALONG WITH AN ATTENDANT REDISTRICTING PROCESS THAT TAKES INTO ACCOUNT THE DIVERSITY OF OUR COMMUNITY, WILL CREATE GREATER ACCESS FOR CANDIDATES OF EVERY BACKGROUND. IN PARTICULAR, THE VOICE OF THE COUNTY’S SUBSTANTIAL HISPANIC COMMUNITY HAS BEEN HEARD THROUGH THE RECENT VRA LAWSUIT. TRIAL DATES FOR THAT CASE ARE SET FOR THIS SUMMER. AMENDING THE CHARTER NOW TO CREATE TWO NEW DISTRICTS WILL BE A TREMENDOUS SHOW OF GOOD FAITH HEADING INTO THE TRIAL, AND MAY OBVIATE THE NEED FOR THE TRIAL.”
– COMMISSIONER FRED BRUMMER
Sources: Orange County Government, Florida Division of Elections, CNN, Orange County Supervisor of Elections
In what may be the most ostentatious act of municipal overreaching we’ve ever witnessed in Orange County – barring the uncomfortable fiscal rape brought about by the still flimsy interlocal agreement for billions in venues spending – waning front-porch rocking-chair screamer of “get off my lawn” and Orange County Commissioner Fred Brummer went for the gusto last week when he introduced the “Representative Districts and County Reform Amendment.” While it basically reads like an 8-year-old’s MadLibs of Republican sorcery (and, let’s be clear, that’s exactly what it is), the jaw-droppingly cynical piece of Machiavellian intention – bait the Hispanic population while serving up revenge to Democrats like Orange County Tax Collector Scott Randolph (fire him!) and the damn progressive hippies who forced textgate via an earned sick time initiative (make public initiatives more difficult) – has gone over surprisingly well among the nonpartisan (cough, Republican) Board of County Commissioners. According to the Orlando Sentinel, most of the dais is actually seriously considering Brummer’s Kampf as a serious option. Go figure!
Here’s what we know so far about this blooming onion we’ll be unraveling in more detail in coming weeks. Brummer cannot write, so the Sentinel confirmed that basically all of his typed windbagging came from the fingers of attorney and conservative operative Wade Vose. Vose, you might note, is the one who filed a lawsuit to make sure that earned sick time will not be on your Aug. 26 Orange County ballot, because, oh noes, girl-talk-texters Commissioner Jennifer Thompson and Mayor Teresa Jacobs don’t want that kind of ish cluttering up their electoral feng shui. Brummer’s (or Vose’s) amendment would, by default, move the sick time question – which, you’ll recall, is a red herring after disgraced former state Rep. Steve Precourt, R-Orlando, passed a pre-emption bill last year forbidding counties from making their own fiscal choices for private businesses – up to a new mail-in special election ballot right around the no-mail zone of Memorial Day weekend, May 27.
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