24 May 2005

Just Read, Maddox!

Scott Maddox has been in the state governor's race for just about a week, and his web site is now up and running. ScottMaddox.com is a great looking site - very professional and sleek. The only problem is that the opening message has a spelling error.

"I" before "E", except after "C." Apparently, the Maddox team missed that day in elementary school. Unfortunately for the campaign, the opening paragraph of the web site reads, " For more information about the campaign and Mayor Maddox, sign-up to recieve updates or email info@scottmaddox.com." (emphasis added)

Governor Jeb Bush started a program in the Sunshine State, entitled "Just Read, Florida!" Maybe Scott Maddox should sign up his campaign staff.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

On the Maddox front, there's a MUST read article in the Lakeland Ledger entitled "Democratic Chief to Review Predecessor's Deal" that is about the $100K contract given to the FDP spokesperson's business before she resigned.

Key points made in the story:

1. Maddox gave the contract to The Big Production Inc. in late April as he prepared to leave the party position for a 2006 run for governor.

2. The Big Production is owned by Allie Merzer, a longtime Democratic consultant who was the party's spokeswoman during Maddox's two-year tenure. She resigned on May 15. The company also employs two other former party workers who left with Merzer this month.

3. In an e-mail to friends and associates last week, Merzer said her company was a "subsidiary" of a business owned by Maddox called Governance. On Monday, Merzer said that was simply a "bad choice of words" and the two companies are independent.

4. The company's offices are in a Tallahassee building owned by Maddox. The building is also home to Maddox's campaign offices.

5. The contract was given during a particularly tough time for the party. The last full quarter that Maddox headed the party was the worst fund-raising period in recent history. The party raised about $270,000 in the first three months of this year compared to nearly $3 million raised by the Republican Party of Florida. The most recent campaign finance report filed with the Federal Elections Commission showed the party had only $3,138.94 on hand as of April 30 with almost $12,100 of "debts and obligations owed by" the party.

Here's the URL to the story:


9:21:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is just sad. Maddox won't have a shot at winning until he gets rid of the idiots in his campaign. This just looks so bad.

9:08:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why is this blog wasting our time with bullshit about Maddox's web site? How cares? The fact that Maddox stuck the party with $100K contract with a subsidiary of a company that Maddox owns and the fact that the guy is your typical unethical politician is much more important than his web site.

Stop wasting our time with this bullshit and cover the important stuff.

1:17:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I find it hard to continue reading the attacks that keep coming across this screen. Look if there was a problem with the contract given to the people who used to work for the party, then Karen Thurman would have said so. There are no reports about Karen Thurman being upset-in fact I believe the opposite is true! She walked into the party less than two months before the Party's biggest fundraiser. She probably didn't even know her phone extension and we expected her to begin to plan an event that will probably raise $300,000 and host over 1000 people by her self in under 2 months-come on!

I followed the link to the news article and it says that the contract was for $100,000 over two years for 3 people. So let me get this straight… you are upset about 3 people that have probably planned the events for the previous two years, making around $17,000 a year! How much money do you make? Can you live on $17,000 per year? Have you ever planned an event for over 1000 people?

Did you attend the JJ or the state convention over the previous few years? I did, there were wonderful. I hope that the JJ will be as fun as it has been. I am sorry but I felt as though I had to speak up. Let’s try and concentrate on Gov Bush being a hypocrite about redistricting and all of the children in this state without health care, instead of people in Tallahassee trying to make a living just like you and I.

2:15:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I see that the web page has now been changed. I hope the person that misspelled the word isn't one of those people getting the $100,000 contract. :)

2:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Given what was reported about the $100,000 contract going to what Ms. Merzer reportedly called a subsidiary of Maddox's Governance company, how do they explain the $122,845.13 expenditure made on February 5, 2004 by the FDP to Governance?

To see for yourself, go to the Division of Elections web site at


Type in the word "Governance" under payee criteria and watch what comes up.

Also notice that the address of the company is the same address used for Maddox's paychecks.

I'm sure there's a logical explanation for this. I just haven't read about it.

3:05:00 PM  
Blogger BlueDawgDem said...

I have to agree that this a little bit to do about nothing.

While it certainly doesn't look good, Thurman is still willing to hire this firm. At this late date, changing the ship on who organizes the jefferson jackson dinner would be a complete disaster.

My bigger concern about the Party and Maddox is not the contract issues with Merzer or this Governance issue, it is the current state of the party finances. The fact that the FDP has more debt than assets as of their last FEC report (at least according to above) is a much bigger issue to me.

I have been to a number of these events as well, and Merzer has done a pretty good job of organizing these things in the past. They may not raise as much money as they should, but that's not her fault--at least they are less disorganize than your usual gathering of Democrats. And certainly, she should not take the whipping girl for those folks who are angry at Maddox for his tenure as Party Chair.

4:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is all beginning to look like a coordinated attack against Maddox. I'm not supporting any of the three candidates yet, but all of the stuff that has been written in this blog is about how bad Maddox has supposedly been but at least he has the decency to tell people that he is supportive of Rod Smith unlike the people that run this site. I think you are loosing your legitimacy for your blog by continuing to only attack Maddox. If you do not like the man, or are supporting another candidate please just let us know and move on. Otherwise you will lose more readers than you can gain.

5:30:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think you can call pointing out what's in the public record a "coordinated attack".

I'm sure there are things in the public record about all the Democratic candidiates. If there are, please put them into the sunshine, now!

I think its better to bring these issues to light sooner rather than later.

If we let our dirty little secrets fester you can be sure that the Republicans will certainly trot them out next fall -- and have a $20 million microphone to broadcast this to all of Florida.

Who loses when that happens?

9:53:00 PM  
Blogger Josh said...

Whoever writes this blog is clearly against Maddox.... What's even worst is that this site would get a lot more credibility if you weren't so clearly biased against one candidate or another.

Oh well.

1:25:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I think this was a smart move on Scott Maddox's part. He can score some real points from his advocacy for homeowners who were having trouble getting Citizens Property Insurance to pay for some hurricane claims.


Here's some pieces from the story:

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Citizens Property Insurance Corp. must pay the full amount of damage under homeowners policies even if homes were primarily damaged by flooding and not wind, a judge ruled Thursday.

The decision could affect hundreds of Panhandle residents whose homes were destroyed by 20-foot waves that crashed ashore during Hurricane Ivan, but who only received a check for damage caused by wind. ...

... "These people paid their premiums month after month, they deserve to get their policies paid so they can rebuild their homes and go on with their lives," said Scott Maddox, one of the lawyers suing Citizens. Maddox is also a Democratic candidate for governor. ...

Here's where you can find the story:


9:56:00 PM  
Blogger james H said...

Dear Josh and others,

I'm sorry if it appears that I'm being unfair to your candidate. I think I am being as fair as I possibly can. Unfortunately for your candidate, he has received horrible press over the last few weeks. His handling of the election for party chair, the no-bid contract for his supporters, the party's poor financial reports, and the lobbying for a controversial development project were, whether you want to admit it or not, news worthy. (And they were all covered by the MSM in just a three-to-four week time span.)

If you want to accuse me of bias for covering these issues, then you also have to attack the Tallahassee Democrat (who covered the lobbying story - and even implied that Maddox committed ethical violations, the no-bid contract, the party election problems, and the fundraising problems) and the St. Pete Times (who broke the story about the lobbying and covered the party election problems), among others sources of news. (Most major newspapers covered the fundraising problems as well.) As for blogs, FL News also cited this blog when discussing the party election and stated "Assuming James from Florida PolitiX is right (and he has been so far)".

This blog is not FOX News - I don't just report what people want to hear. That would be irresponsible.

But Josh and friends, I would tell you that when dealt lemons, make lemonade. The good news is that your candidate is newsworthy. While the press has been bad, Maddox is being mentioned in the press. Davis and Smith have been largely ignored by the MSM.

I will also point out that this is not a Democratic blog or a liberal blog. I just call it how I see it. As for my preference among the candidates, I am truly undecided. As of now, the most progressive (not liberal - the two words are not synonyms) of the five candidates is clearly Charlie Crist, so he definitely looks good. At the same time, Gallagher has the most experience, so that is definitely a plus. At the same time, it might be good to have a Democratic governor in order to provide a balance against the GOP Legislature.

Again, I don't know who I'll vote for. I'll probaby decide on Nov. 8th of next year.

7:08:00 PM  
Anonymous Tracy said...

What a waste of a post. Spelling errors? I would think political commentary could be a bit more insightful!

3:09:00 AM  
Blogger John Meoff said...

Remember Deep Throat’s message… follow the money. You are all missing the real problem. The missing $850,000!! Look at the last two Party annual reports on file with the Division of Elections. You will note $850,000 more in contributions than reported in expenditures. However, the last annual report does not list $850,000 as part of a balance.

What is wrong here… Wrongly reporting contributions or wrongly reporting expenditures? Is $850,000 unaccounted for? How can that be?

I hope Scooter is comfy in his new $900,000 home.

3:22:00 PM  
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7:52:00 AM  

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