Is Scott Randolph using his Public Office for his Political Gain?

I am not surprised to read that Scott Randolph, the Orange County tax collector, has come under fire for questionable political maneuvers like using the resources and employees of his public office to push his radical agenda at the expense of the Orange County taxpayer.

A few years ago, his name hit the headlines during his time in the state house when he threw papers at fellow state representative Daphne Campbell, verbally threatening her on the state house floor.

“Scott Randolph is acting in a partisan way,” says WFTV political analyst Rick Foglesong about the latest events.

According to WFTV, Randolph is funding a petition push that would make county races partisan and would shorten Mayor Teresa Jacobs term. (I am not sure if it is even within the charter’s authority to shorten an elected official’s term).

Also, in making races partisan, Randolph would disenfranchise roughly 1/3 of the county voters who choose not to affiliate with the 2 major parties because they cannot participate in the party primaries.

The particular tax collector office employee in question, Amy Ritter, was recently recognized by U.S. Representative Alan Grayson when he read her name into the congressional record praising her “Pink Slip Rick” effort which included following Gov. Rick Scott around the state with a pink bed sheet that had “Pink Slip Rick” spray painted on it. It is worthy to note here that Amy Ritter’s former boss at Florida Watch Action, Susannah Randolph, now works in Alan Grayson’s office. Susannah is the wife of Ritter’s current boss, Scott Randolph, the tax collector.

With Ritter employed at the tax collector office and Susannah employed in the congressional office, it is unclear who runs the political partisan activist organization, Florida Watch Action. Current filings with the state lists Susannah Randolph as the director.

This isn’t the first time the Randolph couple has been caught up in controversy. As a Florida state representative, Scott Randolph came under scrutiny by the Tampa Bay Times for trying to direct $50,000 of public funds to the scandal-ridden ACORN where Susannah was state director.

It looks like Randolph runs a tight, secretive political circle within the Democrat county party and was not happy that WFTV reporter Lori Brown was privy to information about his petition gathering process.

 

 

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‘Extreme Taxpayer Makeover’

As Orange County citizens may or may not recall, 96-year-old Tax Collector Earl K. Wood passed away in October of 2012, just prior to the nonpartisan election for that office, which was held in November.

This proved to be a great opportunity for Scott Randolph, chairman of the Orange County Democratic Party, to jump into the race, win and settle into the $151,000 per year position.

Meanwhile, OC Mayor Teresa Jacobs had commissioned a Tax Collector Task Force to determine the feasibility of doing away with the office all together, but this didn’t stop Mr. Randolph from doing his own “Extreme Taxpayer Makeover” of our Driver’s License Offices.

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Randolph’s Democrat Party Uses Social Media to Attack Local Businesses

Photo May 08, 8 31 42 PMWalt Disney World is just one of several corporations to come under the fire of the Orange County Democrat Party. Darden restaurants and Universal Parks have also been targeted.

Business owners can’t help but notice just how radical the local democrat party has become under the leadership of liberal Scott Randolph.

Randolph is no stranger to controversy having physically attacked a female democrat during the Florida legislation session of 2011 when she broke party line on a vote. Calling her a traitor, Randolph threatened her saying “I swear, you will not be re-elected. I will get an opponent.”

The good news is that Mr. Randolph’s time in the state house was brief however the bad news is that Mr. Randolph through shenanigans managed to make himself the county tax collector nominee replacing Earl K Wood on the ballot following Wood’s sudden death. Capitalizing on the name recognition of a dead man and not even having to campaign, Randolph won the local election to clench a job reported to draw a $150,000 yearly salary.

Earlier this year, I noted that Randolph as the newly elected tax collector called for a boycott on Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned craft store chain.

If Randolph is using the office of the tax collector and his democrat party chairmanship to advocate for anti-business and anti-job policies, the taxpayers, the unemployed and the business owners of Orange County must stay watchful.

“Roe” of Roe v Wade: Biggest Mistake of My Life

While the Democrat Party of my county (Orange County, Florida) thinks 40 years of aborting unborn babies is reason to celebrate with a party called “Rock and Roe” concert, the REAL “Roe” of the infamous Roe v. Wade Supreme Court Case regrets her decision to end the life of her unborn child. She now works in the pro-life community sharing the truth with pregnant mothers. Check out this video and spread the news!

FL Tax Collector Calls for a Boycott of Hobby Lobby

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It didn’t take long for the newly-elected Orange County tax collector to weigh in on the new health care mandate issue. The lawsuit filed by the arts and craft store chain Hobby Lobby is just one of over forty cases working their way through U.S. courts.  On Facebook, tax collector Scott Randolph initiated a boycott of Hobby Lobby because the Christian owners refuse to cover abortion-like birth control.  Randolph shows no concern for the thousands of Hobby Lobby employees who may lose their jobs if the store has to shut its doors for not complying with the new mandate.

The new health care mandate requires businesses and religious institutions to carry employee insurance that covers contraceptives, including emergency contraceptives such as Plan B and ella that can kill an embryo after fertilization and even after implantation. This is considered an abortion to the pro-life community.

While many of the religious liberty lawsuits have won injunctions, TownHall.com reports Hobby Lobby unsuccessfully appealed to the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and to U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who oversees emergency appeals from the Tenth Circuit. Sotomayor did say the lawsuit could proceed in the lower court and be appealed back to the high court at the appropriate time.

In defying court orders, the Christian owners of Hobby Lobby, could be fined $1.3 million a day since Tuesday, Jan 1.

Scott Randolph’s intolerance and contempt for those with opposing views is nothing new. This is the same Scott Randolph who threatened and belittled a female colleague on the floor of the Florida State House when she voted for legislation not to his liking. The pinnacle of Randolph’s political career was his appearance with the high priestess of progressive thinking, Rachel Maddow of MSNBC, however Politifact’s truth-o-meter pointed out that accusations made by Randolph were false. But, that didn’t stop this Alan Grayson-wannabe from instant progressive popularity.

The Scott Randolphs of the world may mock Hobby Lobby, but for the rest of us reasonable people, it is difficult not to have compassion for the owner of Hobby Lobby as he stands to lose what it took a lifetime of hard work and dedication to create as he lives by his Christian morals. Read his heartfelt letter:

When my family and I started our company 40 years ago, we were working out of a garage on a $600 bank loan, assembling miniature picture frames. Our first retail store wasn’t much bigger than most people’s living rooms, but we had faith that we would succeed if we lived and worked according to God’s word. From there,Hobby Lobby has become one of the nation’s largest arts and crafts retailers, with more than 500 locations in 41 states. Our children grew up into fine business leaders, and today we run Hobby Lobby together, as a family.

We’re Christians, and we run our business on Christian principles. I’ve always said that the first two goals of our business are (1) to run our business in harmony with God’s laws, and (2) to focus on people more than money. And that’s what we’ve tried to do. We close early so our employees can see their families at night. We keep our stores closed on Sundays, one of the week’s biggest shopping days, so that our workers and their families can enjoy a day of rest. We believe that it is by God’s grace that Hobby Lobby has endured, and he has blessed us and our employees. We’ve not only added jobs in a weak economy, we’ve raised wages for the past four years in a row. Our full-time employees start at 80% above minimum wage.

But now, our government threatens to change all of that. A new government health care mandate says that our family business MUST provide what I believe are abortion-causing drugs as part of our health insurance. Being Christians, we don’t pay for drugs that might cause abortions, which means that we don’t cover emergency contraception, the morning-after pill or the week-after pill. We believe doing so might end a life after the moment of conception, something that is contrary to our most important beliefs. It goes against the Biblical principles on which we have run this company since day one. If we refuse to comply, we could face $1.3 million PER DAY in government fines.

 Our government threatens to fine job creators in a bad economy. Our government threatens to fine a company that’s raised wages four years running. Our government threatens to fine a family for running its business according to its beliefs. It’s not right. I know people will say we ought to follow the rules; that it’s the same for everybody. But that’s not true. The government has exempted thousands of companies from this mandate, for reasons of convenience or cost. But it won’t exempt them for reasons of religious belief.

 So, Hobby Lobby and my family are forced to make a choice. With great reluctance, we filed a lawsuit today, represented by the Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, asking a federal court to stop this mandate before it hurts our business. We don’t like to go running into court, but we no longer have a choice. We believe people are more important than the bottom line and that honoring God is more important than turning a profit.

My family has lived the American dream. We want to continue growing our company and providing great jobs for thousands of employees, but the government is going to make that much more difficult. The government is forcing us to choose between following our faith and following the law. I say that’s a choice no American and no American business should have to make.

The government cannot force you to follow laws that go against your fundamental religious belief. They have exempted thousands of companies but will not except Christian organizations including the Catholic church.

 Since you will not see this covered in any of the liberal media, pass this on to all your contacts.

 Sincerely,

David Green, CEO and Founder of Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc.

The government is coming for Christian business owners and Christian charities. Are we going to standby and do nothing? Right now, we need to show our support for the Green Family of Hobby Lobby. We can send a thank you letter to the Green Family HERE. We can find a Hobby Lobby near us and shop there. And, we can also call the Orange County FL tax collector office at 407-836-2709 and tell Scott Randolph to call off his boycott of Hobby Lobby and to apologize to the Green family.

If you want to know more about Hobby Lobby and HHS mandate, watch this video:

Scott Maxwell, Liberal to the Last Drop

The Orlando Sentinel columnist, Scott Maxwell, penned the article “Oh, nuts! It’s secession talk again,” ridiculing those who signed online petitions to secede from the United States of America.

In his first sentence, “Once upon a time, society had the decency to keep its nut jobs largely under wraps”, Maxwell expands his judgment to any who claim to understand the frustration of Americans who believe the federal government is expanding its role beyond the constitution and who also believe a $16 Trillion (and growing) national debt is unsustainable. Maxwell specifically singles out Governor Rick Perry for giving these “nuts” credibility.

Petitioning the government has long been the right of Americans. In fact, these petitions are an online feature that team Obama launched as a way for “Americans to engage with President Obama and his Administration”. In a statement, Obama said the online petition feature is a part of his pledge “to make government more open and accountable to its citizens.”

Here is the video that team Obama released with the launch of this white house website petition feature:

After watching this patronizing video, it’s obvious that only a naive, idealistic, liberal college student would actually believe that ANYBODY in the Obama administration, let alone the curiously monochromatic board featured in this video, gives one hoot about these online petitions. Most Americans can see right through this nonsense.

Any reasonable person who signs these online petitions certainly realizes that they are just an Obama gimmick. It is doubtful that the signers expect anything to materialize from this feature. In fact, there is even a petition at the website to shut down the White House online petition feature stating that the petitions never get a sincere response from Obama, few people read them and they are ultimately worthless. Having people sign these petitions is just a way to make team Obama look ridiculous in having to address the matter.

So, back to Maxwell and his decision to devote an entire column to this matter. His agenda is simple. He will marginalize all who are politically to the right of him. And, judging from his liberal columns, that’s a significantly large number of people. Maxwell is nothing more than a liberal hack who wraps himself in faux objectivity.

If Maxwell is indeed correct in his presumption that those on the political right who seek to show their frustration with the direction of the federal government by joining with others in signing an online petition to draw public attention to their concerns are “nut jobs” then why does Maxwell make no mention of his pals on the Left when they take to the streets calling for revolution and secession?

The first “nut job” that comes to my mind is anarchist Timothy Osmar, otherwise known as the Orlando chalker. Osmar, a member of the now nonexistence Occupy Orlando, was very unhappy with the American government, however rather than signing an online petition to show his frustration, Osmar wrote his slogans calling for a revolution all over the public sidewalks by city hall, day after day.

Surely, this is the kind of “nut job” that Maxwell calls on society to have the decency to “keep under wraps”. Surely, Maxwell, in his mockery of those who sign online petitions, would include some ridicule of those who write on public sidewalks about overthrowing the government!

Maxwell did indeed devote several of his columns to the chalking incidents but rather than belittle Osmar for his radical message, he defended Osmar’s right to call for a revolution on the sidewalks of Orlando and attacked all those who tried to stop the nonsense.

Another radical element Maxwell deliberately ignores is the National Council of La Raza, a front group of the Democratic Party that according to Judicial Watch receives millions in federal funds from the Obama administration. Human Events reveals the real agenda behind the La Raza movement is the “Reconquista” Plan or the reconquest of the Western United States.

The reconquest plan calls for Colorado, California, Arizona, Texas, Utah, New Mexico, Oregon and parts of Washington State to be surrendered. La Raza regularly turns out illegal immigrants who proudly defy the immigration laws of the United States. Watch this teacher from Los Angeles speak at a reconquest rally:

Yet another radical group Maxwell curiously neglects to mention is a militant group called Florida New Majority.

Badili Jones, an officer at FL New Majority is also a prominent member of the Freedom Road Socialist Organization/Organizacion Socialista del Camino para la Libertad. On their website, Freedom Road outlines their support for self determination and secession of black people in the United States, as well as Latinos, Asian-Americans, Puerto Rico, and native Americans.

The members of the Orange County Democratic Party readily partner with the radicals of Florida New Majority. Susannah Randolph, wife of former state representative and newly elected tax collector and also Democrat county chairman Scott Randolph, has aligned herself with Badili Jones. Furthermore, Scott Randolph as an attorney represents a coalition of progressive organizations, including the OC Democratic Party, Organize Now and FL New Majority, in its paid sick leave initiative in Orange County.

So, it’s plain to see that Scott Maxwell’s manufactured outrage at people who have signed online petitions is nothing more than the Left’s agenda to push the narrative: “Republicans are radicals”. Maxwell may fancy himself some kind of professional but really he is little more than an Alinsky community organizer with a keyboard rather than a bullhorn. Maxwell’s columns offer no critical thinking and no clever insight, just tactics from his Rules for Radicals handbook.