Who is SARAH ARNOLD and exactly why did Governor RON DESANTIS appoint her County Commissioner? Who supported her? Who else applied?
ARNOLD did not deliberate, but lustily made the motion. to approve Senator TRAVIS HUTSON's massive expansion of his SilverLeaf development. ARNOLD sort of sounded like a robot throughout the entire meeting on. December 21, 2021. Watch the video.
SARAH ARNOLD is wife of CASEY ARNOLD, shareholder in a corporate law firm whose slogan is "Build Your Business. Protect Your Wealth." Fisher, Tousey, Leas & Ball has many corporate clients. The public had no idea who SARAH ARNOLD's husband was, or who her father-in-law was -- is this quite intentional, as Governor DeSANTIS released only the barest of information, while stiffing open records requests for weeks?
Here's a photo of SARAH ARNOLD being sworn in by a retired judge, C. JEFFERY ARNOLD, her father-in law, grandson of the "legendary" J. Ray Arnold, an "influential Lake County pioneer, who operated one of the biggest sawmills in the Southeastern United States and biggest employer in Lake County."
The Daily Commercial reported:
"During the years the mill ran, nearly around the clock, the Arnold family amassed great wealth and property across Central Florida. Arnold’s grandfather was convinced there was oil beneath the surface in Florida and even offshore. He drilled for oil south of Groveland in the 1930s. The well did strike oil, but not enough to be viable.
Until the sawmill burned down, Groveland enjoyed tremendous prosperity under the Arnold family’s generosity. Arnold was a visionary who placed an emphasis on education and the community’s welfare. He recruited outstanding educational leaders and teachers to the city and built an elaborate gym that included a swimming pool, two bowling alleys, billiards and a rifle range.
"J. Ray Arnold was known as a sharp-shooter, and the gun he always carried was passed down to his grandson."
In December, I reached out to him and asked for an interview, but Judge Arnold modestly demurred, saying he didn't think his life was that interesting, although his hometown newspaper did when it wrote about his giving a talk about his family to the local historical society.
At the end of a long career on the bench, retired Judge C. JEFFREY ARNOLD appears to have had emotional problems with First Amendment protected activity by public defenders and other criminal defense lawyers -- and a bad reputation for anger management issues -- resulting in the Chief Judge taking him off criminal cases in Orange and Osceola Counties!
So this is the judge that Commissioner Arnold chose to swear her in? What does that say about her?
In May 2014, I advised candidate Nancy Shaver that when she was elected, she could choose anyone she wanted to swear her in. She chose an African-American woman, Judge Peggy Quince of our Florida Supreme Court, sending a message.
So Commissioner SARAH ARNOLD chose her own father-in-law, ex-Judge C. JEFFREY ARNOLD, scion of a rich Lake County family, sometimes hotter than a two-dollar pistol, to swear her in. That sent a message. Message received.
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