Dear Mayor Gillum and Mr. Richard:
1. I proudly supported Andrew Gillum for Governor. I live in St. Augustine, a majority-Democratic small city in a majority-Republican county.
2. May I suggest that Mayor Gillum kindly request-- through his learned counsel, Mr. Barry Richard -- the live video streaming of the Florida Ethics Commission probable cause hearing on January 25, 2019?
3. Under current Florida Ethics Commission practice and procedure, probable cause hearings are neither videotaped nor video live streamed. Why?
4. They are also NOT open to the public. Why? Cui bono? Compare Florida Constitution, Article I, Sec. 24, adopted by vote of 83% of 1992 voters.
5. As Thomas Jefferson said, "a public office is a public trust." As James Madison said, "A popular Government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a Prologue to a Farce or a Tragedy; or, perhaps both. Knowledge will forever govern ignorance: And a people who mean to be their own Governors, must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives."
6. By copy of this e-mail, to Governor-elect DeSantis and our State Senator and State Representatives from St. Johns County, I request that ethics reform include opening probable cause hearings to the public and news media.
7. Bipartisan support for ethics reform is essential in the 2019 Florida legislature. Who among us would disagree?
With kindest regards, I am,
St. Augustine, Florida 32085-3084
Here's the Tallahassee Democrat hearing on the CLOSED January 25, 2019 Ethics Commission probable cause hearing:
Probable cause hearing scheduled Jan. 25 for Andrew Gillum ethics case
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