Is our Florida Senate about to get even stinkier, resembling the historic "Senate of Trusts" cartoon?
Insurance mouthpiece THOMAS LEEK has the endorsement of our estimable St. Augustine developer-Senator TRAVIS JAMES HUTSON to succeed him in our Senate District 7.
As New Orleans DA Jim Garrison, played by Kevin Costner, said in the movie, JFK, "What do you expect from a pig but a grunt."
I hope that other Republicans challenge LEEK in the primary, including current State Rep. and former County Commissioner CYNTHIA WARD "CYNDI" STEVENSON, scion of a longtime Volusia County Commissioner, who bailed on participating in the 2000 election recount as a member of the Volusia County Canvassing Board due to prior cruise vacation plans. Republican Representative and former St. Johns County Commissioner CYNDI STEVENSON is term-eliminated as a state representative.
There were those who believed that Senator HUTSON had promised Rep. STEVENSON his support, but it was not to be.
My heart goes out to CYNDI on possibly being stabbed in the back by HUTSON.
A wise man once said, "Those who foolishly sought power by riding the back of the tiger ended up inside." President John F. Kennedy Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961.
Pro tip: Always remember what JFK said: "Politics is a business of knives."
Or is it "a business of knaves?"
You tell me.
More on TERRIBLE TOM LEEK below and here:
Thursday, January 05, 2023
Insurance Mouthpiece THOMAS LEEK Wants to Erase Tort Plaintiff's Civil and Constitutional Rights. (Daytona Beach News Journal)
LEEK is a Stetson University College of Law graduate.
It's hard to understand why:
A. LEEK thinks a state law could curb Americans with Disabilities Act lawsuits in federal court? Are you kidding me?
B. LEEK wants to limit attorney advertising, a matter of First Amendment rights already ruled on repeatedly by the U.S. Supreme Court? Are you kidding me?
C. LEEK did not identify himself as the Chief Legal Officer of Foundation Risk Partners, but only demurely as a state representative?
As a conflicted insurance cartel mouthpiece and propagandist LEEK reeks.
As the corporate mouthpiece who wants to replace developer-Senator TRAVIS JAMES HUTSON, is LEEK no more morally qualified for the gig than hubristic misanthrope HUTSON?
As they say in East Tennessee, LEEK "bears watching'."
From Daytona Beach News Journal:
STATE REP. TOM LEEK: Work together to shut down abuse of the legal system
The Americans with Disabilities Act has single-handedly transformed the way we treat people with disabilities in this country. But in my 20 years of private practice, I had to watch as a handful of plaintiffs’ lawyers stole the ADA from the very people it was designed to protect and turned it into their own little ATM, spitting out cash every time they cranked up their lawsuit machine. These lawyers file carbon-copy lawsuits against small businesses and property owners by the hundreds, and take tens of thousands of dollars from hard working folks all over this state, and that’s not right.
My first bill as member of the Florida House of Representatives was a bill to curb abusive ADA lawsuits. Now, after three sessions, I can say that I’ve filed (and mostly passed) bills to take the abuse out of our legal system. Don’t get me wrong. I am not anti-plaintiff’s bar. The plaintiff’s bar is the reason kids’ pajamas are not flammable, and the reason light poles don’t fall over and kill people as the result of a five-mph tap from a car. The plaintiff’s bar is largely the reason corporate greed hasn’t endangered more people in commerce.
But who are we kidding? Our system is no longer just about righting some wrong. It’s no longer just about punishing the perpetrator. Our legal system has become about “how much” some attorney “got me.” Just look at the billboards up and down our roads. It’s become the lottery for the injured, and frankly, the not-so-injured. And, it shouldn’t be that way. My goal is to restore balance and integrity to a legal system that I love.
We, as a society, need to stop the bastardization of our legal system. The courts and the Florida Bar need to police their own. The courts need to start taking action against those attorneys and who abuse the system for financial gain, and insurers whose tactics are designed to delay and stall. The Florida Bar needs to materially limit attorney advertising. And the Florida Legislature needs to continue down a path of passing meaningful tort reform. If we demand it, we will have a legal system with greater access for all, where the costs of litigation will be less, and where the time to justice will be quicker.
Leek, a Daytona Beach Republican, represents District 25 in the Florida House.
I am mystified as to why Florida Politics must always takes the money-hungry wealthy point of view of Tallahassee lobbyists.
Such shallowness. I hate shallowness. Shallow callow reporters need
The election is 22 months away.
LEEK is Appropriations Committee Chair and Chair of the Joint Legislative Budget Commission.
LEEK is Chief Legal Officer for Foundation Risk Partners, which describes itself:
Foundation Risk Partners is one of the fastest growing insurance brokerage and consulting firms in the United States comprised of a network of highly respected insurance agencies. Our platforms cover the full spectrum of the insurance landscape. We are driven by an innovative spirit and team culture that is client-focused.
Naturally, this insurance industry lawyer supports not only so-called "tort reform" (tort deform), but he wants to limit attorney advertising, which the U.S Supreme Court has said for decades is First Amendment protected activity. Not a word about that in the Florida Politics story.
From Florida Politics, by Drew Wilson:
Travis Hutson endorses Tom Leek as his preferred successor in SD 7.