I wanted to take a minute to clear up some comments being spread like manure on a couple of random sites. First up is Doug Underhill’s comment to a gentleman on Nextdoor.
Now I can’t see this normally because I’m not a member of this neighborhood forum, but thankfully someone who is a member forwarded it to me. So I would like to say “bravo” to Chad Swan for calling out Dougie. I also wanted to set the record straight, that even if I am “certifiably crazy”, so what? Does that make anything I said about him wrong? Does he even assert that I am wrong? No. If that is the worst he can come up with, that’s pretty weak.
Dougie, adults know that when one adult helps another adult, there doesn’t have to be any carnal longing. Maybe in your world that’s the way you see things but most people know men can help women and women can help me without there being any sexuality involvement. Doing the right thing without anything to gain cannot be reduced to sexual affection. The two are not even on the same ethereal plane. As for my “hate” of Morgan, I wouldn’t use that word. “Hate” has an overly emotional connotation. I would use the word “antipathy” or “animus”. What is someone suppose to think or feel about a real life evil person who victimizes people on the regular?
But the biggest irony of your statement, Dougie, is that your ad hominem attack directs the other guy to “try to stick to the facts”. The fact is you are a dick and you treat people like shit. That was the discussion at hand. Focus, Dougie, you can’t accuse him of falling off the logic path when you are ass end over a tea kettle off the side of the road.
Your comments parrot the anonymous poster on LEO affairs. Most likely it is Eric Haines’s minion or perhaps Haines himself. Either way I find infinitely amusing that you and he both ruminate on me. Funny, I really don’t think about you at all until your next big gaff in pissing off your constituency. The fact I’m in your grey matter, with all the shit you are juggling, and I do mean shit and the worst thing you can say about me is a lie, it pleases me to no end. It also validates the work I do.
In a back-handed way, you paid me a compliment. Please proceed to disparage me. It just proves me right.
I want to address the fallacy spouted on Escambia Citizen’s Watch group on Facebook, aka JUECW or the Jackie Rogers Hate Group. Melissa Pino has been characterized as pursuing a personal vendetta after she told Doug Underhill she was coming for him. Let me explain this to the layperson that believes this is just a “personal vendetta”. There is a fortified, adulterated effort to pervert and abuse the processes of the county to secure personal gain either by political capital (favors in the wing) or subverted contributions to PAC’s or personal campaigns. This aligned effort by some of those in politics, like Underhill, Sheriff Morgan and Bill Eddins (Curtis Golden-light) are bought and paid for and act in there own best interest rather than honoring their oaths of office.
In full view of the public, this bunch act brazenly. They hide very little. Underhill subverts information for his own gain, such as the Seafarer incident, gating a public access beach, bought for the purpose of public access. Underhill also fixes fraud that he and his business partner, Morgan Speranzo committed via the contracting laws. When called on the illegal action, by me, he doctored the paperwork by telling people it didn’t happen and having the paperwork “adjusted” to fit an implausible circumstance, he claims happened.
Sir David became a millionaire on a public servant’s salary while his department went to hell in a handbasket. No one is safer since this man took his oath. Oh and let’s not forget the LET money he bought his reelection with, to the tune of $2million over 4 years.
Eddins showed his colors with the medical examiner recently, going against the county’s stance on Dr. Minyard’s bloated salary. Eddins supported Minyard when she is clearly replaceable. She was forced to step down twice in her career for incompetence. Failure to do paperwork (kind of essential in the Medical Examiner field) was her main flaw. While this sounds harmless, it is far from it. Imagine something happens to your loved one, and while, in Minyard’s care, personal items or autopsy reports are not accounted for or are missing. Also, imagine your loved one was possibly murdered, if the police say they suspect suicide, she concurs, when there may not be evidence to that effect because it lessens her case work. Now imagine her taking home in excess of $500K for treating your loved one, with such disregard. Now imagine the State Attorney of the 1st Judicial Circuit is throwing his weight behind this woman, against all logic.
My point is that if someone says publicly, “I’m coming for you” to one of these corrupt officials, it is plight with little recognition or support (publicly) and is, in and of itself, an albatross. There is nothing personal about this sort of targeting. In fact, if law enforcement were not so impotent, they would be targeting these individuals also, and that would not be considered a “vendetta”.
I have said to Sheriff Morgan via this blog that I am coming for him and hell’s coming with me. I set my sights on Morgan because I believe he is the most dangerous and most psychopathic of them all (Underling being a step behind and Eddins being merely a puppet working at the behest of his benefactors). Morgan has single handedly ruined more lives within his agency as he has outside his agency. He has neither the capability nor the psychological capacity to hold the position he was elected to steward. The evidence is in the public records, not the statistics, because there are deputies that will explain to you how they were directed to alter levels of crimes for the purpose of skewing the stats. Sexual assault is the tell-tale statistic. Currently, Frank Forte is giving gift cards for tickets written…highly unethical and probably illegal. But why should that be a factor for a law enforcement agency.
Predators on the community should be dealt with by the agencies designed to police them within the system, but since that is broken in this county, it falls on individuals with the moxie to stand up and name their target. Any bricks taken out of the wall of corruption, makes the others weaker. Divide and Conquer is my motto. While these men are not the true threats as much as puppets for those who are, pulling back the curtain is the mission. I hope Morgan, Underhill and Eddins know you can’t beat someone who doesn’t stop fighting. Melissa and I are ready for the long haul.
This post has been difficult to write because I’ve found that so many illegal, improper things keep happening that it is difficult to focus on just one. So this is going to be an overview of where everything stands today.
Doug Underhill vs Alan McMillan
This political race is virtually over. God seems to have cast His grace on District 2. Polls show McMillan has a strong lead. This particular poll has been historically accurate. Bless God!! Barring any election dabbling, this should be a done deal. The citizens have a chance in this district again. Doug Underhill is a lame duck who will be without his entourage, trolls and bulldog. No commission seat = no use to your friends.
2. Eric Haines vs ECSO Deputies
Haines has said in negotiations with PBA that he holds $9 Million and thus he gets anything he wants from deputies. To date, no raises have been given except for the trainees who have a higher rate of pay than the deputies who are compressed. The compressed deputies is really who the wanted to help when they gave the first installment of $9 million to the ECSO. But as those of us who recognize the historical significance of the misappropriation of $1.1 million from the LET Fund by Sheriff Morgan, this money was never meant to go to the deputies. As with all the other money effectively stolen by Morgan, this money is going to be used to bolster the few over the help of the many. Very few of us had anticipated such a move, but leopards do not change their spots and Morgan cannot resist screwing with county money; misappropriation that pays for political capital & favors = embezzlement
Technically, Haines is the one using the money against the deputies. He uses the raises as leverage, eventually, forcing the deputies to relinquish due process rights in their contract with the ECSO. Wow! Causing hardship and only offering relief of that hardship if you sign your life away, sounds fair to me…yeah right!! Deputies vote this week
3. Chip Simmons vs. ECSO Deputies
Chip, well what can I say? Expectations of you being a Morgan Koolaid Drinker is echoing through the halls of ECSO, in the form of the deafening silence.
Chip, when you took the job you have now, anything good I ever heard about you was confirmed to be BS. No person with any integrity would have nothing to do with the shit show that is the ECSO. Deputies have told me on numerous occasions that the damage the Morgan/Haines administration has done to the community will take YEARS to repair. They have eliminated multiple generations of good cops, leaving behind the ones who turn a blind eye to what is happening internally, but not having the balls to speak out because they need a job. Really? Is a job worth your soul? I digress. The ones left are not trying to strengthen bond with citizens, or even with other deputies. Dividing the allegiances of the employees is the way to keep the crew from rising up or together.
Point of this post….Morgan conned the BOCC and embezzled/misappropriated $9 million, just because the deputies choose to keep their rights…amazing.
Chip, the Savior, is doing nothing. Hey Chip, one of the options that has been bantered is how about you boycotting that shit show as way of showing support for the deputies….just don’t come in until the issue of raises is properly handled. Or how about this, you could quit because by staying you ARE PART OF THE PROBLEM. You have 1 or 2 retirements to fall back on….But hey, there’s ABSOLUTELY nothing you can do, right??
Over the last few days, I have been contacted about the dissolving relationship with Underhill and Sir David Morgan. Now, I had to question this because history tells me that they are thick as thieves (ironic because they are thieves). I had to acknowledge no pro-Underhill support publicly lately and after being contacted numerous times with the same information, I have to concede that it is plausible. As have been told, repetitively, Morgan approached a political opponent of Underhill’s to give him a private pat on the back and let the opponent know he was distancing himself from Dougie. The Sheriff was heard saying something to the effect of Doug being too politically toxic and Morgan could not let Doug drag his name down.
That sounds like something that a malignant narcissist like Morgan would say. Morgan is so Machiavellian with people he doesn’t want to be associated with like Arety, Doug should watch for he dagger in his back. But ultimately, this bodes well for the community that these too cancerous forces should diverge. So whether it’s just speculation, innuendo or just a rumor, people are talking about it. Perception is all that matters
Underhill (aka Underling) posted this in Escambia Clan Watch regarding the county settlement with a woman discriminated against by the Fire Chief.
My question would be if the Commissioner believed the words–the above words–should apply to all people employed by the county?
His political bromance with Morgan colors his judgment to the fact of what kind of “leader” his buddy is to his staff. The “Honorable” Commissioner’s attention should be turned to the article by Dr. James Scaminaci on May 26, 2016, GENDER AND RACIAL DISCRIMINATION IN THE ECSO IS NOT A JOKE.
There are 5 lawsuits discussed while, in actuality, there have been MANY other instances and MANY other lawsuits. Rhonda Ray, Jacquelyn Gulley, Laura Montoya, Beyanca Cannon, Mindy Pare. All gender discrimination and at least 3 are racial discrimination. If Chief Grace was so wrong for his actions in the Fire Department, why isn’t the same action on a much bigger scale worthy of looking into?
As Scaminaci says:
“I think that when you find that five different women at five different times complaining of racial and/or gender discrimination and they are then subjected to retaliation via Internal Affairs investigation (or other investigation or near-immediate termination), then I believe you have the factual basis to conclude that there may be a pattern and practice of creating a hostile work environment for women of color (and women), a pattern and practice of racial and/or gender discrimination, and a pattern and practice of retaliation against those very same women. “
Another line in Scaminacis’s article says it all. “Once a woman files a complaint to protect their rights, dignity, and career, it appears that the full force of the office of the Sheriff is dedicated to beating these women down into submission.”
On top of the injury created by the Sheriff in these cases, Underling provides the insult by putting the Fire Chief’s victim on a pedestal while the 5+ women in the ECSO, just lose their reputation, their careers, their chance to be what they are called to be….COPS. How much is that worth?
Thursday’s vote by the BOCC to require 50% of LET Funds to be used for school security had only one dissent, Captain Contrary, aka Doug “Underling” Underhill. Quelle surprise!
Dougie likes to say he is for “a new way of thinking” in Escambia County, but actions pack a stronger punch. His actions are in support of GOB. He voted the crony line without a legitimate or reasonable rationale. How is protecting our kids not in the best interest of the county? Captain Contrary believes we should not protect kids but instead, help the public image of the ECSO. WTF?
There is no legitimacy to the open cronyism shown in this vote. Those of us who pay attention see the pattern. If Bergosh votes for it, Underhill will vote against it. It doesn’t even matter what the issue is, Underhill has to back his political Godfather, Sir David. It is blatantly obvious the county’s best interest is lost to the Morgan-Underhill alliance.
I will acknowledge that I have no love for Morgan and Underhill, but it is clear that over the past 5+ years, my message has been consistent–there is soul-sucking corruption in Escambia County and it begins at the ECSO & Sir David.
I have been labeled a “lunatic”,”lone nut” and even a “political terrorist” by the Good Ole Boys (Underhill & Morgan). However, over the past few years, we’ve seen Morgan waste countless dollars putting his face on everything from billboards to movie screens. This money did not deter crime nor did it even improve the safety of neighborhoods. Morgan’s use of county funds has been invariably self-serving. The community sees this.
I have been told this violation of the public’s trust is NOT, per se, corruption, but I have to disagree. The political capital Morgan reaps is a real thing. Frequently, I have been contacted by people about Morgan coming into social functions, unannounced, with LET checks. After he makes an entrance, he turns over a check in exchange for envelopes of campaign contributions openly, in front of a room full of people. Campaign contributions for LET funds. That, my friends, IS corruption. If Underhill does not see the problem with Morgan’s fiscal buffoonery, then he needs an ethics lesson.
Above all, the consensus is that Underhill somehow profits from the back room politics too. Morgan became a millionaire on the public’s payroll. I suspect Underhill, a contractor/developer and his property appraiser bulldog of a wife, are manipulating things involving the valuation of real estate perhaps. The real puzzle is the facilitation of the Honorable Sheriff to sell his Crow Rd. properties to PCEnvy Technologies, a tech company owned by Underhill’s buddy, Steve Stillwell. What does a tech company do with slumlord properties??
But Captain Contrary will insist there is nothing there to see. Willie Junior said that too, about a pot of collard greens.
In this day and age, it is pitiful that acting with civility and common sense is absent by politicians on social media. Those of us raised in the South had a mother with a shoe, paddle, switch or a backhand that prevented us from saying disrespectful things in public. The word “stupid” should never be uttered by an official to his constituency. It seems obvious why. People see that and the need to go to that level is a general lack of intelligence that glares through. More importantly, social media is a public forum. It is like having a bullhorn in your neighborhood. People who aren’t even involved become drawn into the public spectacle.
But even as I say this, there is one Escambia politico (GOB) who is probably uttering the barrages of hate-speak as I write this. I screenshot every time I see him denigrate people. My photo library is getting maxed out so I figured it was a good time to post the different things I have found.
I found a PNJ opinion piece that I thought was fascinating. I searched for the post it references.
Below are 19 different screenshots of occasions where Underhill was flat out rude, a flat out bully or spewing with righteous indignation towards HIS CONSTITUENCY.
In what world is it ok that a professional representative have such contempt for people on a broad scale? Now please do not think this is a complete list. This is just what I pulled off my phone. I didn’t search for anything. I am sure there are more examples.
Hopefully the county commission is appalled by this malignant cancer who feigns concern for people he obviously doesn’t think that much of at all.
Maybe his fellow commissioners should get Underhill this:
It has been a very long time since I sat down and dedicated a message just to you. This last week has been an eventful week in Escambia County and there is no better time like the present.
First of all, let me address the misconception that I have “no interest in Escambia County”, the implied meaning is that I need to get my nose out of your county. Your premise here is like most others is flawed and thereby your conclusions drawn from them are just as flawed, if not, more so.
My current location is simply geography; Escambia County is my home, despite the fact my GPS coordinates differ. I first learned the meaning of normal there; I went on my first date there; my first hellion travails were on those roads, in my first car; I got married and 2 of 3 of my kids took their first breath there; my first real dagger to my soul happened there with the loss of my father, my first parent to die. All my friends, alliances, allegiances and history reside in Escambia County. You are located there; you lied your way into the hearts and minds of the citizens and after you’re done fleecing the people, you, Underhill and Haines, will leave Escambia County because you have nothing that binds you to the people, the land or the legacy of this area when you don’t have your power to abuse. Your geography is not going to be the county’s degeneracy.
So having established my provenance, I will get back to the task at hand.
The County Budget
Gleefully, I told Jeff Bergosh, personally, I was proud of him and his own personal integrity in telling you to be a good steward of the county funds, regardless of your posturing and PR attacks. I know he didn’t do it alone but, in assessing the alpha-ness of the other members, Bergosh stands out, only to be outshined by your bitch, Underling. But Dougie’s pompous bravado on social media shows that in the heat of the fire (being critiqued or scrutinized), he’s reduced to a common schoolyard bully. Since he is ECUA’s favorite commissioner, he may outlast you by a minute but if he continues to hitch his politics to you, he may be out with you.
2. The Complaint about the Security at the Fair
I have been telling people for years what a narcissist you are, but your minions making an anonymous complaint at the fair was the first nail of the week in the cross the citizens are making to crucify you. You see, you looked petty, which you are. Plus by having those security guys leave, the guys working the fair, FDLE (the ones that will inevitably be investigating you) were left shorthanded. You burned another bridge, Dumbass. Or either you allowed someone to burn it on behalf of your agency. Either way, it was your guys, on your watch. Leadership is a role of responsibility, for the good and the bad. You are responsible for their actions, whether you did it or not.
3. The Deputy Sex Scandal
I categorically deny any personal relationship with any member of the Manning family. I apologize to the citizens for wasting taxpayers’s money in habitually being compelled to respond to frivolous and false claims and lawsuits fueled by nothing more than rumors, innuendo, Facebook and blog postings.
Riddle me this, then. If you didn’t have ANY relationship with the Manning family, how did I get your personal cell number from a member of the Manning family? You see, the phones collected from the Mannings were new phones that they had less than 6 mos. The old cells, with their SIM cards, were never taken into custody. Plus, there is a cell carrier with a cloud drive that make access to this info readily available without those old phones.
Now granted you have that number registered under a bogus name but 2 different sources verified it’s authenticity but because I still wasn’t convinced, I called the number and heard:
….The two sources that verified it were other people you pissed off but would not turn over your number to me in spite of the fact they hate your guts. They did, however, corroborate they received calls and text messages from your number in the last few weeks.
How is that possible?? The phone number given to me over a year ago that is registered to:
Why would a Sheriff lie about his association with this family publicly and then have the nerve to use a what I assume you meant to be a burner phone under an assumed name for personal, professional and very private affairs?? Are you trying to get caught or were you arrogant enough to think you only had to half-ass cover yourself?
That’s one for the people to understand. There are a great deal of secrets held by the Mannings (involving you) that would make Ron Jeremy cringe. While you can paint me as someone who is making shit up, the problem is the shit you say I make up, is factual, down to the dirty pics. Mark Smith has a personal stake in those photos too, but I will leave your deviant sexual tendencies and behavior to the speculation of the readers.
By the way, should you feel the need to “go after” me as you claim to the news, ( I am the only blogger who broke this story and your connection to the principals involved intimately), spell my name correctly, Bitch. I would love to turn over all the stuff I have to a judge. That’s my goal anyway. I have nothing to hide and there is nothing that I have asserted that could not be backed up with people, documents or both.
Plus in that statement of possible retaliation you claim to be considering, you show your true colors. Even if the girls are misguided as you claim, who SUES SEXUALLY ASSAULTED GIRLS for their story?? You jump to the defensive position without any understanding of other people. These are young girls who have been raped by the system, as well as their parents, and sexual predators. Do you really want to put YOUR reputation up against that? You love to victimize the victims. This is something most citizens won’t tolerate.
In closing, I just wanted to say I have enjoyed my phone blowing up because of your nonsense boiling over. You are so absorbed in your own shit that you can’t see the forest for the trees.
So I’ll wrap up this letter for now.
The lady who promises to bring the karmic justice you deserve to your door.
Although it has already been documented by James Scaminaci’s blog, CJ’s Street Report, that Frank Forte perjured himself, I wanted to post his IA exoneration details. Sgt. Nix provided me with the document, as he already had it.
But before that, I must address the elephants in the room. Ms. Rodgers, Mr. Haines and Mr.Underhill, I have something to say to you. Ms. Rodgers, you’re a bully. You have a Facebook page, Escambia Citizens Watch, which is nothing more than a petty, political gossip circle. People cannot openly express their opinion IF it IS NOT yours. You slander people behind their backs. Who does that? Cowards do that.
You personally attacked me in a realm that you prohibited me from seeing or responding in. You bash my credibility with ignorant accusations. Pat Gonzalez was not a part of that discussion but because you had nothing intelligent to say, so you threw out your opinion on an unrelated matter. Not you, Haines or Underhill have the moxie to bring your opinions to me. I haven’t blocked you. Say what you are going to say to me. Stand behind your comments. Allow the free exchange of thought. Don’t sic your spouses on me in private messages.
You, Miss Prim & Proper, do not even realize how ridiculous you have gotten. Darrell Hicks posted something I received. It was a letter from a member of law enforcement who commented on things in that person’s wheelhouse. Ms. Rodgers, you belittled Darrell for posting something you didn’t agree with. You falsely labeled the post “anti-LEO”. What? It was anti-Morgan–not anti-LEO. Btw, Morgan isn’t even a law enforcement officer. A cop talking about cop things cannot be anti-cop, but in your ignorance, Ms. Rodgers, you made that assertion. You stand in judgment to everyone with your little bitch boys, Haines and Underhill chiming in to give you legitimacy. I am here to tell you that you, M‘am, are the most closed minded, miseducated person around. Your credibility is CRAP. Also, who the hell are you any way? What standing do you have that makes your OPINION better than mine or Darrell’s or anyone for that matter? Please advise.
Ms. Rodgers, you are the Nellie Olsen of Escambia County
My last post on Underhill resulted in the almighty Sheriff producing a video to refute the claim that the Perdido substation was closing. Sir David is using semantics here. That substation is effectively a back-up or satellite station; the ECSO is still in possession of it but no one reports there. Now, it appears the police presence in that area is minimized. The Sheriff claims it is due to the shifts in crime. However, the trends according to the crime map of calls responded to in the county shows a consistently higher rate of crime on that side of town.
But my point is, I pointed a finger at Underhill and he tried to create damage control by contacting the Sheriff and then the Sheriff making a video. Underhill was trying to minimize my message. The problem is you can’t pass off a zebra as a horse. The situation is what it is. There is no spin to be done. Meanwhile there are other issues of greater importance such as the Osceola community’s sidewalk problem in which Underhill has ignored wholly.
Underhill has a history of trying to manipulate the community. The following post clearly shows that.
Underhill envisions looking at Escambia’s budget with fresh eyes, approaching it from a “zero-sum” perspective. And he would like to see the county move from what he describes as “personality-based politics” to a more “process-based” style of governance….. Because when that’s a part of the discourse about whether or not an idea is good, really what you’re saying is ‘I know this person and so I trust this person, and so I’m not even going to look into the merits of the idea, it’s just coming from somebody I trust.’
Commentary: I have no problem with the “zero-sum” perspective. It is practical; the problem is the last part of the statement–“Personality Based Politics”–is where I have take immense issue.
“Personality based politics” is a fancy phrasing of the “good ole boy system”. It essentially means people are electing people they know and like regardless of qualifications. Here’s the problem: that is a basic tenant in politics. If people don’t “like” you, you don’t get elected. Take the Nixon-Kennedy debate. On the radio, Nixon was considered the winner because of his ideas; however, the television viewers thought Kennedy won by a landslide. Why did that happen?
Even though Kennedy had less quality to his speech, he delivered it with charisma that television viewers took to immediately. Let’s take the more relevant, David Morgan in his “landslide” victory. People elected him because of his persona that he portrays, not his achievements; not his shady finances; not his increasingly growing crime stats; not because of his complete loss of employee respect. None of that mattered because he flashed his “$30K” smile and put his face in as many places as possible. His personality (publicly only) won him the election and is what kept Underhill in his position because he is Morgan’s bitch.
The hypocrisy of his statement is only half the disturbing part of all this.
You may recall, we were being pushed to purchase the old AES building on W Street, north W, it’s just south of the Pentecostal church. We were under pressure to purchase that, for some exorbitant amount of money. It’s just steel shell building with a stucco facia on it. And we were needing to buy that for our corrections department — ‘Because we got people working at desks out in the hallway.’ Ok? That was Tidwell that said that.
I said, ‘Ok, well, show me.’ You know how many desks were out in the hallway that people were working on? That’d be zero.
Ok, that’s called an ‘Escambia-fact.’ It’s an emotional thing, it sounds pretty meaningful, but when you actually peel back the layers it’s not there.
His article continues to belittle the Escambia citizens in that he talks of “Escambia facts”, which are facts people claim but when evidence is looked for after the fact, it proves to be untrue. Now, let’s understand something. The statement was made about people in the hallways—time passes—Underhill responds. What happened in the time passing? In my experience, Underhill most likely corrected the matter through others and then called out the complainant after the issue was quickly covered or fixed. He has does this in situations I have called him out on-twice so far; so this is a pattern of how he handles things. This “Escambia fact” was indeed a fact when it was brought up—I would bet the farm on that, but Underhill manipulated the situation to make him the good guy and the complainant the bad guy.
Why? Why not man up and fix the issue and not cast stones on the people in the community? It is the actions of a man trying to prove his worth by belittling others. His greatest asset should be showing humility and fixing issues rather than covering them up.
The most disrespectful thing implied in this article is the portrayal of the community by someone who does not “get it”. There is a thing in the South that is a fundamental undercurrent of the culture–Southern Honor. Southern honor is what makes Southerners hold integrity as the pinnacle of everything. Southern honor says your name is all you have and you have to live up to every single person who carried that name from the beginning. We don’t take that lightly. We honor others that show that same respect, which might be construed as “personality based politics” because we do look to the people who appear to be most like us. Southern honor is ingrown in every person who ever grew up with lack. When you have nothing but your name to hold onto, it becomes everything.
Underhill doesn’t get it. He’s seen as an outsider because he doesn’t carry this trait. Morgan feigns this and uses against the community but Underhill doesn’t get it. He can’t grasp the culture of the people he is ruling over. Look at some of the comments on social media. He ignored the Osceola community’s concerns with flooding; he looked to force out the Tomato Man and Georgio’s Greek trailer. People who have been figures in the community that beloved by most. Why? Here is Underhill’s response to Stuart Kaplan’s questioning of the food truck, Tomato Man issue:
Please, try to get a handle on some basics of a civilized society. There have to be some simple standards, or are we advocating for pure anarchy? The County is very receptive to food trucks, and they prosper throughout the County, with no problem meeting our simple standards.
Why is it that a citizen who expects the rules to be followed and calls code enforcement deserves your profanity and bile? Moreover, while you guys rant about the oppressive government in everyone’s business are you simultaneously ranting about how the accident on the bridge last week was the government’s fault? Y’allalways fuss about the accidents on the Key and say we need a four lane. Considering that almost every accident on the island involves intoxication, distracted driving and/or excessive speed, aren’t you advocating for a $100 Million government expense to overcome failures in personal responsibility?
I know that those who long for the good ole days of corruption and privileged access have a hard time with this, but in Escambia today and for the forseeable future, “One set of rules applies equally to everyone all the time.”
Commissioner Doug Underhill
This is a disrespectful response that doesn’t do anything but turn blame back around. He twists facts to make him look like he person being victimized; What did he say that was productive or doesn’t focus on blame? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING!!
Let’s apply the rules of ethics that Underhill broke when he had the Sheriff endorse him on camera. UNETHICAL! Yet when it was brought to the Florida Ethics Committee, no fault was found. Yet the canons state:
Fla. Code Jud. Conduct, Canon 7A(1)(b) Except as otherwise authorized, a judge or candidate may not publicly endorse or publicly oppose another candidate for office.
Published 6:51 p.m. CT July 3, 2014 in Pensacola News Journal
Underhill does as he wants while ignoring his constituents, belittling the culture of the people and recklessly speaking about things to which he has no knowledge…ie the sociological culture of the South & Southern Honor.
Might I suggest a good read for Mr. Underhill? Southern Honor: Ethics And Behavior In The Old South byBertram Wyatt-Brown
The irony in all this is that Underhill wants respect because of his role as an elected official. He also claims that merit not personality should garner that respect. Yet his merits have not garnered JACK. The only reason people are cordial to this jackass is because of the culture of the community….the same culture Underhill belittles continually.
PREDICTION: The first words out of Underhill’s mouth will be that I have no idea of what I’m talking about. However, understanding respect and community without corruption is simple. There is no mystery to it. It is not that complicated.
Mr. Underhill, people elected you; do your job without disrespecting the community. It doesn’t get more basic than this. Many have done this before you and will do this after you. Blaming the community makes you look weak and that speaks to your grasp of Southern Honor. Should you take issue with my post, MAN UP AND COME TO ME. DON’T BE A LITTLE BITCH AND POST TO FACEBOOK PAGE YOU KNOW I CAN’T RESPOND TO OR EVEN VIEW.