Frank Torres, Orlando Freelance Reporter

Removing Jacobs from Expressway Authority reeks of fixing

In Uncategorized on March 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm

Alright, let’s review Mayor Teresa Jacobs’ ethical track record.

– Within the first two weeks of office, she identified a duplication of duties and eliminated over 250 thousand from the County payroll
– She went against the political grain and called out Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer on bad book keeping with the new performing arts center.
– She kept her word. Investigated equal rights policies for the LGBT community and after investigating will be moving forward with a partner registry
– She appointed an ombudsman to serve the county and investigate complaints from citizens.
– She’s worked with County Comptroller Martha Haynie extensively last year to monitor expenses.
– She’s asked the Orlando Chamber of Commerce to clarify their use of public funding

and I could go on.

Does this sound like a lawmaker with an ethics problem? Someone who wouldn’t be aware of a conflict of interest? State Representative Mike Horner thinks so and his proposal to excuse Mayor Jacobs from the board reeks of Horner letting the wrong company steer his actions.

I say this about Mike Horner because I’ve always thought he’s been one of the more thoughtful lawmakers in the legislature. So, why this bizarre motion?

From an Orlando Sentinel article Horner said this:

“I am trying to add to the high ethical standards we have for this authority,” Horner said. “I think this is a step in the right direction.”

Rep Horner, I know you’re in Osceola county, have you been paying attention to what’s been going on with Orange County Government? I don’t think you have because, you would be well aware of this Mayor’s track record with ethics and that she can be painfully detail oriented at times.

The article also mentions that all of Jacobs’ normal opponents, those watchdogs who throw flags whenever the Mayor blinks the wrong way, have sided with her on this. Which just makes the whole scenario that much more bizarre.

What is really going on here?

Horner cites that the Osceola County Authority doesn’t have any elected officials on it.

Well, this isn’t Osceola county, Representative. What is this really about?

A normally level-headed Mike Horner is off-base with this one

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