"It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only."
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
Got away with it, to date, avoiding and evading questions from The New York Times, PBS Frontline, and inferior local publications like The St. Augustine Record, which attacked the others for asking questions.
Then slippery Sheriff SHOAR and his allies stole his re-election campaign against challenger Debra Maynard by persuading two (2) shills to file to run as "write-ins," including his erstwhile jailer (also his massage therapist) closing that universal primary (and three others) in violation of Florida's Constitution, disenfranchising some 80,000 non-Republicans from voting for Sheriff, Clerk of Courts and two of three Commissioners elected in 2016.
Now, emboldened by getting away with a murder coverup and grand theft of our democracy, Sheriff SHOAR has moved on to new levels of torts, crimes and sins.
Our haughty High Sheriff's already massive ego enlarged (as well as his belly), St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID SHOAR f/k/a "HOAR" is meddling in two (2) small city commission races, in St. Augustine (pop. 14,000) and St. Augustine Beach (7000).
SHOAR is working like the Devil with devious developers to elect KRIS PHILLIPS the Mayor of St. Augustine and to defeat reform Mayor Nancy Shaver and simultaneously working to re-elect developer puppet ANDREA SAMUELS as a St. Augustine Beach City Commissioner. SHOAR ally JOE SAVIAK, a Flagler College professor not only attacks Mayor Shaver with falsehoods, but he was named to serve as "moderator" of a forum on St. Augustine Beach candidates, while publicly endorsing SAMUELS. Read Top Ten Things to Know About JOE SAVIAK, here.
Why is corrupt Sheriff DAVID SHOAR intervening in two (2) small city elections?
To benefit businesses desiring zoning favors and government contracts. It's that simple.
Yes, under FBI investigation, corrupt St. Johns County Sheriff DAVID SHOAR has endorsed Hate Radio station WFOY owner KRIS PHILLIPS for St. Augustine Mayor against reform Mayor Nancy Shaver. Read the Top Ten Things to Know About KRIS PHILLIPS here.
Meanwhile, Sheriff SHOAR's maladroit, malicious, mendacious Confederates are raising tens of thousands of dollars attacking Mayor Shaver, with secretive dark money paying for lying postcards and a lying anonymous Facebook page, in possible violation of criminal laws on election campaign finance disclosures and money laundering.
"The sea did what it liked, and what it liked was destruction. It thundered at the town, and thundered at the cliffs, and brought the coast down, madly."
--- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities
So on October 7, 2016, Hurricane Matthew hit.
Ex-Mayor JOE BOLES, ex-City Manager WILLIAM HARRISS and other big-shot crooks want their City back, using KRIS PHILLIPS as a bullet in their gun, using Hurricane Matthew as an excuse. They are despicable.
While the tourists are back, just a few blocks away are homes that are unoccupied, flooded, moldy, destroyed inside, their residents homeless. Mayor Shaver is working to help people, while the ancien regime did their best to politicize hurricane recovery, lobbying residents to vote against her while purporting to give hurricane relief assistance at 5 Arredondo Avenue, the office of Commissioner TODD NEVILLE (R-Proctorville).
Our Super Mayor is opposed by Super PACs.
Manchurian Candidate KRIS PHILLIPS & Co., including Flagler College Associate Professor and Assistant Director of Public Administration JOE SAVIAK, proceeded to lie and blame Mayor Shaver for suffering, inventing hoaxes and perpetrating them, even creating an anonymous website coordinated with expensive mailings by secretive PACS.
"What did you make of it, Tom?"
"Nothing at all, Joe."
"That's a coincidence, too, for I made the same of it myself."
Viperous, vicious vapid JOE SAVIAK, buds with rebarbative reprobate St. Augustine City Commissioner TODD NEVILLE a/k/a "ODD TODD," proceeded to lie and blame Mayor Shaver for suffering, inventing hoaxes and perpetrating them electrically, even creating an anonymous Facebook website coordinated with expensive oleaginous mailings by secretive PACs.
Like a honky-tonk medley of SPIRO AGNEW, FATHER COUGHLIN and JOE McCARTHY, Professor JOE SAVIAK a/k/a "JOE SIXPACK" is a dybbuk, an energumen. JOE SIXPACK has bad grammar and bad taste, splits infinitives, threatens libel lawsuits and Baker Act hospitalizations, all the while wrapping himself in the flag, patriotism and "Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ."
So much for blasphemy.
JOE SAVIAK, TODD NEVILLE, SHERIFF SHOAR and their arachnid apparatchik anti-Shaver crew's electronic lynching campaign does not appear to be working.
Its Facebook "likes" include nonresidents -- who are they? Paid "likes" from Southeast Asia?
Meanwhile, an orchestra of very diverse people who love our town (Michael Gold and me, for two examples) all love Mayor Nancy Shaver and sincerely appreciate her work ethic, experience intelligence, integrity and kindness.
She's one in 300 million.
Truly a leader.
Don't take my word for it:
Even Florida's controversial Republican Governor RICK SCOTT has praised her leadership, calling her "relentless" on protecting St. Augustine and obtaining government assistance for Our Nation's Oldest City's recovery and preservation.
She asks questions, demands answers, expects civility and has helped make St. Augustine safe for democracy.
In sharp and marked contrast, Mayor Shaver's autocratic, unqualified opponent -- disdainful, vapid hate radio station owner KRIS PHILLIPS -- is supported by dark money from developers. Just like Sheriff SHOAR. How about that?
Just like corrupt Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, whose developer-funded campaign illegally shot campaign photos in our national cemetery, WFOY radio station owner KRIS PHILLIPS desecrated our St. Augustine National Cemetery on Memorial Day 2016 for political purposes (Facebook ad photos), violating federal law. See revolting exploitation photos above, in violation of federal law against using national cemeteries for political campaign purposes.
How about that?
Crass exploitation of St. Augustine National Cemetery for political purposes?
Giving aid and comfort to unAmerican activities -- haters who preach anti-Gay hate speech on our public airwaves -- KRIS PHILLIPS never apologized for anti-Gay hate speech by her twice-daily caller, Greater St. Augustine Club President MARTIN MILLER, on WFOY on June 13, 2016 (MILLER stated 49 Gays killed in Orlando "got what they deserved."
I've filed an FCC complaint. PHILLIPS has not responded to my requests for an apology, a copy of the tape recording, or otherwise.
KRIS PHILLIPS fired and stiffed longtime employee Al Brennan, a beloved local newsman and ad salesman, who filed a lawsuit and documented his case, winning a settlement -- PHILLIPS was "terrible to work for" and doesn't care about anyone but herself," Brennan said. PHILLIPS has otherwise shown her unfitness to hold office.
No one knows much about KRIS PHILLIPS, who moved into the city in February 2016: one longtime resident asked me Friday night, at First Friday Arts' Walk about KRIS PHILLIPS: "Who is he?" For more, read here.
Color PHILLIPS bigoted, misguided and soulless.
Vote for Mayor Nancy Shaver.
Two other reformers are running for City Commission -- Susan Rathbone and Rev. Ronald Stafford -- opposing entrenched incumbents who oppose needed reforms.
In particular, LEANNA SOPHIA AMARU FREEMAN is a bad actor, needing replacement. FREEMAN is anti-consumer, pro-taxicab monopoly, anti-audit, anti-oversight, anti-reform, interrupts colleagues, disrespects citizens, does nothing to change the all-white Sister Cities Association (on-whose board she sits), and too often rubber-stamps developer projects like the DOW PUD. Send her back to her lucrative divorce law project and elect a Commissioner who will work full-time.
Read the Top Ten Things to Know About FREEMAN here.
Please support both reformers.
Vote for Susan Rathbone and Rev. Ronald Stafford.
The other itty-bitty City where Sheriff SHOAR is trying to spread manure around and buy friends and influence is St. Augustine Beach.
Sheriff SHOAR has endorsed two-term St. Augustine Beach Commissioner ANDREA SAMUELS for re-election. Again, it does not appear to be working -- SHOAR not only gave SAMUELS campaign $500 but also endorsed her on Sheriff's letterhead in violation of the federal Hatch Act, under investigation by the U.S. Office of Special Counsel in response to government watchdog Tom Reynold's complaint.
Read the Top Ten List of Things to Know About ANDREA SAMUELS here.
SAMUELS almost got her way and fired the entire St. Augustine Beach Police Department because ten officers exercised their First Amendment rights to file a complaint against Chief Richard Hedges. Her plan was approved 3-2, but Commissioner Gary Snodgrass changed his vote when I pointed out that SAMUELS' remarks showed an intent to violate the First Amendment. SAMUELS' plan would have empowered Sheriff DAVID SHOAR to take over policing of the small beach town, which is probably why corrupt Sheriff DAVID SHOAR gave her a $500 campaign contribution and an illegal endorsement on SJSO letterhead.
SAMUELS is too often a lapdog for developers like Farid Ashdji, whose commitment to pay $560,000 for drainage associated with a too-tall hotel he was allowed to build. Her husband publicly attacked me when I opposed the demand, showing his colors, and his wife's colors too -- they're developer toadies. Commissioner Undine Pawlowski-George eventually turned her fellow Commissioners around, and the demand to void a developer's contractual commitments fizzled. Foiled again, the SAMUELS fumed.
As Mayor, SAMUELS tolerated a 53 foot tall hotel in violation of the City Charter limiting structures t 35 feet, after a private tour with County Administrator MICHAEL WANCHICK and the developer.
SAMUELS violated nepotism laws in voting to appoint her husband as a junior alternate to the Planning and Zoning Board.