Friday, April 29, 2016


Interesting correspondence from Republican "RACHAEL" PRISCILLA BENNETT on hate speech by the Republican Chair. I've challenged her to propose a GLBT rights ordinance for St. Johns County.

-----Original Message-----
From: easlavin
To: bccd5
Sent: Fri, Apr 29, 2016 10:39 am
Subject: Re: St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee Chair WILLIAM KORACH Hate Speech at Republican fundraiser for Hunter Conrad 4/28; Ethics and Election Violations?
Dear Commissioner Bennett:
1. SJC REC Chair William Korach does not deny what he said last night, on the porch facing the water and the marsh, seated in a rocking chair.
2. You are not his agent, are you? You are in no position to deny what Chairman Korach very loudly and clearly said in the presence of multiple witnesses.
3. Perhaps you were not present when he spoke his words of hatred to individual attendees.
4. Please ask staff to draft a county ordinance protecting GLBT rights, similar to those adopted by the City of St. Augustine (2010) and the City of St. Augustine Beach (2011).
5. In 2008, the St. Johns County BCC twice put a defective charter on the ballot, which We the People twice rejected -- it omitted "sexual orientation" from its nondiscrimination provision (Sec. 10.06).
6. This material omission was after I proposed a series of strengthening amendments, including correcting 10.06: there was no motion to do so. This speaks volumes about BCC.
7. Your County Attorney can explain the etiology of Section 10.06 to you.
8. As former County Commission Chairman Ben Rich told Folio Weekly in 2008, St. Johns County is "one of the last bastions of the Ku Klux Klan."
9. KKK and right-wing churches have undue influence in our county politics, as evidenced by the venue of the event you co-sponsored last night -- a place where white supremacist gatherings, cockfights, illegal abortions, prostitution and moonshine were commonplace under successive corrupt Sheriffs like Lawrence O. Davis.
10. Sheriff Shoar's website contains hagiography praising corrupt Sheriff Davis, including false exculpatory statements about him.
11. I hereby call upon all good Republicans -- the party of Lincoln -- to denounce anti-GLBT bigotry and for SJC BCC to adopt a nondiscrimination ordinance. Now.
12. Will any of you denounce Mr. Korach's statements? Otherwise, every single one of you has endorsed Mr. Korach's hate speech, sub silentio.
13. Please call to discuss.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,
Ed Slavin

-----Original Message-----
From: Commissioner Rachael Bennett
To: easlavin 

Sent: Fri, Apr 29, 2016 9:15 am
Subject: Re: St. Johns County Republican Executive Committee Chair WILLIAM KORACH Hate Speech at Republican fundraiser for Hunter Conrad 4/28 (earlier tonight); Ethics and Election Violations?

The purported hate speech events are complete fabrication. Whoever reported this to you may have their own political agenda. Or they may be trying to destroy your credibility.

Rachael L. Bennett
St Johns County Commission
District 5
(904)209-0305 office
(904)315-7260 cell

Sent from my iPhone

On Apr 28, 2016, at 8:19 PM, "" wrote:

Dear Chairman Korach:
1. Would you please share a copy of your hateful homophobic remarks at tonight's Republican fundraiser regarding Gays, Lesbians and Transgender people being atheists, Democrats and haters, who are not achievers but on welfare and food stamps, with "Obama phones?" We do want to quote you accurately.
2. We want to check with every single putative "Christian" Republican elected official who was present at the event to record their responses.
3. Do I understand correctly that not one (1) local elected official local present at tonight's St. Augustine Rod & Gun Club clubhouse event dissented from your hate speech at what some might call a Nuremberg-style hate rally?
4. Do I understand correctly that the barbecue was cooked on a mobile barbecue cooker-rotisserie owned by the putatively non-profit 501c3 St. Johns County Sheriff's Office Four Star Association, Inc.? (See photo above)
5. While you and Clerk of Courts candidate Hunter Conrad purport to be Christians, it appears that you are engaged in unAmerican activities. An inexperienced appointee of Governor Richard Lynn Scott, Mr. Conrad openly and notoriously advertised his "Southern Baptist" affiliations, contrary to the provisions of Article VI of the United States Constitution, which states that there shall be "no religious test for public office."
6. Your hatefulness is unAmerican, bigoted, inflammatory and contrary to the peace and dignity of the people of the State of Florida; no amount of sweet tea can ameliorate your bitter words.`
7. I await your public apology.
8. I hereby challenge you to a public televised debate on what it means to be an American.
Thank you.
With kindest regards, I am,
Sincerely yours,

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