Thursday, January 22, 2015

New Orange County Charter Review Commission appointees announced, many with Textgate links

Posted By on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 at 11:05 AM


We caught wind yesterday that Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs and her beloved commission would be announcing their appointees for the Charter Review Commission today, and much of that wind we caught smelled distinctly of governmental flatulence. It's no secret how contentious things have been with the charter over the past year, mostly at the behest of termed-out Commissioner Fred Brummer and whoever it is that does his writing (basically, local Republicans and lobbyists). Well, surprise, Fred Brummer is one of the appointees announced today. We're doing our best to dig up more info on the remainder of the list, but you'll probably recognize some of the names below:

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners hereby appoints the following individuals to the 2016 Orange County Charter Review Commission:

District 1: Edward DeAguilera (failed Republican Senate candidate and county commission candidate) 

Robert Mellen (Chambercrat and Dr. Phillips attorney)

District 2: Frederick Brummer (the former commissioner who everyone hates) 

Doug Gondera: (well-heeled local businessman)  

District 3: Eddie Fernandez (former appointed clerk of courts who LOVES Jacobs and the gay Republicans) 

Mikaela Nix: (a "fathers' rights" attorney with a website called

District 4: Pasquale "Pat" DiVecchio: (A tried and tested returning member) 

Maribel Gomez Cordero: (The one who split the vote with Euri Cerrud in November allowing girl-talker Jennifer Thompson to be re-elected, even after Textgate). 

District 5: Matthew Klein (GrayRobinson attorney, returning member) 

Cheryl Moore (Just helped organize a Jan. 16 event with government hater Grover Norquist for the Florida Center-Right Coalition

District 6: Gail Cosby (Treasurer of the Florida Voters League) 

Walter Hawkins: (Apparently with the city's CRA, or at least was) 

Mayor: Stina D'Uva (a lobbyist and political supporter of Jacobs who was among those who texted her at the Sept. 11, 2012 meeting. According, "Jacobs also exchanged messages on Sept. 11 with Stina D'Uva, president of the West Orange Chamber of Commerce and a political supporter, telling D'Uva in one text: 'I don't say it often enough but I am very grateful for your friendship.'")

Jose Fernandez: (Basically a chambercrat and lobbyist) 

Kevin Shaughnessy: (Disney attorney and seeming architect of much of Textgate on Sept. 11)

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