Yet another corruption indictment, involving a lobbyist for a planned sports complex in Miami. William Riley, Jr., the lobbyist and alleged bagman, was indicted with Miami Commissioner Díaz de la Portilla, a former state senator and state representative.
Unlike backward one-party-ruled St. Johns County. the State of Florida many Florida cities and counties, including the City of Miami, requires lobbyists before that City to register.
Our radical reactionary all-Republican St. Johns County Commission showed its true colors in 2018.
Responding to louche Republican lobbyists like former Commissioner PRISCILLA "RACHAEL" BENNETT (who worked for and received bonuses from Senator-lobbyist TRAVIS JAMES HUTSON), former County Attorney PATRICK FRANCIS McCORMACK and Ponte Vedra Commissioner John H. "Jay" Morris, in 2018, blocked lobbyist registration, proposed by Commissioner James K. Johns.
Recruited to run for County Commissioner by disgraced former Sheriff DAVID SHOAR, JAY MORRIS, former RPM International EVP Morris said it would be "burdensome" to require a $25 annual lobbyist registration fee.
Always affecting hubris about his business experience, while putting public comment speakers down (including me), whiny Obama-hating JAY MORRIS archly affected innocence after RPM International settled a False Claims Act qui tam case alleging the firm overcharged government purchasers and provided low-quality coatings and roofing materials, resulting in leaky roofs in several Florida locations, including University of Florida Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
Gotta love those Dull Republican St. Johns County Commissioners, other-directed orotund overbearing opportunists like JAY MORRIS, so often grifting, trimming and covering up for overdevelopment.
"I wear their scorn as a badge of honor," in the immortal words of J. Danforth Quayle.
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