Wilson’s warped sense of the truth 3

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MARK SCHUMANN

truth squadWhen civic activist, Charlie Wilson, takes to the podium, as he so frequently does, the former city-councilman-for-a-month is sure to say something outrageous, if not wholly disconnected from reality. Today, though, Wilson top even himself.

In a exchange with Vice Mayor Jay Kramer, Wilson, who is arguably the sleaziest politician to every to appear on the scene in Vero Beach, said, “Mr. Kramer, you wouldn’t know the truth if it bit you.”

Whether one agrees or disagrees with Kramer, he is, without question, an honest and decent public servant. Wilson’s junior-high-style criticism of Kramer revealed all that needs to be said about Wilson, and was in no way reflective of Mr. Kramer’s character.

It was Wilson, remember, who was removed from his seat on the City Council by court order for not having been exactly truthful about his residency qualification.

Follow the money Reply

The island weekly,

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MARK SCHUMANN

Apparently desperate to derail progress in cutting rates, the island weekly's editors ran two sensational stories and a poorly reasoned editorial on the from page of their current issue.

Apparently desperate to derail progress in cutting rates, the island weekly’s editors ran two sensational stories and a poorly reasoned editorial on the from page of their current issue.

The island weekly, “Vero Beach 32963,” is headed by a former professional journalist gone rogue. The master of yellow journalism was once an executive with the Washington Post, and for a brief time headed United Press International. The worldwide news organization eventually went bankrupt.

At least at one time, the weekly was partially owned by Bob Gibb, the broker of John’s Island Real Estate. Gibb’s real estate company is the island weekly’s largest advertiser, running two full pages and a 2/3 page ad in every issue. Based on published advertising rates, the Indian River Shores based real estate company is spending $196,300 a year with 32963. Even if Gibb is getting an off-the-rate-card deal, his advertising commitment is significant and has undoubtedly help make the weekly viable.

Though 32963 enjoys significant advertising revenue, the island-centric newspaper once solicited donations, but never disclosed its donors. Is the island weekly pushing for the sale of Vero Electric, and attacking all things Vero Beach, in service to its Indian River Shores patrons? In the absence of transparency, we will never know.

A footnote on transparency: FPL lobbied to kill bill calling for PSC meetings within its service territory Reply

FPL successfully lobbied to kill a bill passed in the Senate that would have given electric customers greater access to the Florida Public Service Commission.

FPL successfully lobbied to kill a bill passed in the Senate that would have given electric customers greater access to the Florida Public Service Commission.

COMMENTARY

MARK SCHUMANN

In the recently ended legislative session, Florida Power and Light, the state’s largest electric monopoly, successfully lobbied in the House of Representatives to kill a bill passed in the Senate that would have given customers greater access to the Florida Public Service Commission. The bill would have required the PSC to hold at least one meeting a year within the service territories of the utilities it regulates. More…

Charlie Wilson: The cartoon candidate 4

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MARK SCHUMANN

Charlie Wilson

Charlie Wilson

Picture Vero Beach City Council candidate, Charlie Wilson, cowering behind one of the Keystone Cops. With fear on his face, Wilson says to the officer, “Please protect me from that honorably discharged, disabled veteran.”

Such a drawing would accurately depict Wilson’s most recent cartoon moment, when he went into the Vero Beach Police Department claiming to feel threatened by none other than Dian George, the citizen who successfully challenged in court his last city council election, and who has recently filed two elections complaints against Vero Beach’s most contentious politico. More…