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  Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play'
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 07:01:34 EST by admin

Opinion


Laurence McNamara

Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play'

Palm Beach Post Letters to the Editor
Sunday, September 21, 2008

The three votes against the Ethics Reform Ordinance proposed by Lake Worth City Commissioner Cara Jennings indicate the continued addictions of commissioners Retha Lowe and David Vespo and Mayor Jeff Clemens to $500 out-of-town contributions from developers and others who want to pay to play in Lake Worth.

Commissioner Lowe said she wanted to hear how the residents felt before she voted for it, yet her record indicates she votes against the expressed feelings of the residents on important issues such as giving up control of the beach.

Mayor Clemens said he would like to vote for ethics reform but worried about "politicians sitting on a dais making an ordinance to regulate contributions." Politicians are elected to make ordinances, but he apparently does not want to jeopardize his contributions.

Finally, Commissioner Vespo said this ordinance was proposed by Commissioner Jennings because she won't get business contributions and he needs to get a third lawyer's opinion before passing it. Commissioner Vespo has received countless out-of-town contributions from developers and their shell corporations and faces a reelection campaign against two challengers who are more qualified.

Commissioners Jennings and Jo-Ann Golden voted for a clean, honest government in Lake Worth; Commissioners Vespo and Lowe and Mayor Clemens showed their comfort with the pay-to-play status quo.

LAURENCE MCNAMARA
Lake Worth
Editor's note: Laurence McNamara is chairman of Citizens Come First, a political action committee.


 
 

 
 
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Re: Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play' (Score: 1)
by hondalife007 on Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 10:11:15 EST
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Retha is full of it. People have spoken on this subject numerous times. All of a sudden she wants to listen to the people. She always says this when she has no other excuse for voting NO. For all you political wonders out here supporting Dave Vespo, the one who is ruining our city, you are all part of the problem with what's dysfunctional with this city.




 
 

 
 

Re: Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play' (Score: 1)
by Crystal on Sunday, September 21, 2008 @ 14:11:46 EST
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I ran into someone the other day who said Dave knocked on her door and he was so nice. Usually the executioner is nice to you before he pulls the plug.




 
 

 
 

Re: Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play' (Score: 1)
by ILoveLW on Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 06:51:02 EST
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If it were true, that Retha wanted to listen to the people, then she should have allowed the citizens to vote on the beach AND she never should have sued the citizens by bringing the lawsuit on Sunset to the Appellate Court along with her heavy guns from Boca and The League of Cities. She speaks with forked tongue. She knows exactly what she did with those contributions from Sun and she kept quiet when asked by Commissioner Jennings. PAY TO PLAY. Just follow the T-Reports and see who has an interest in what candidate.




 
 

 
 

Re: Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play' (Score: 1)
by hondalife007 on Monday, September 22, 2008 @ 14:33:08 EST
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Pay to Play is in Lake Worth and has been. An Ethics Policy is something all should agree to. It just shows you that $$$$$ is more important.




 
 

 
 

Re: Commissioners' votes prove they're OK with 'pay-to-play' (Score: 1)
by SunnyDaze on Tuesday, September 23, 2008 @ 20:34:42 EST
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LISTEN?? This commission trio believes they are as important as the County Commission because they use comment cards. How dumb are these people, even Boynton Beach doesn't use comment cards but LW thinks they in the big time. Sooooooo stupid. Can't we get rid of these people who are choking up our system and don't want campaign reform? I hope Novemeber turns it around.




 
 

 
 
 
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