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.
Less than 2 weeks later, after knocking Rex Blackburn’s statement publicly:
Mr. Underhill sent me this message May 4, 2016, after I posted something to his Facebook page.
Now let’s talk credibility!
I started this blog and named it “Conjuring Justice” because the meaning of “conjuring” is to bring thing to existence from a place where it doesn’t currently exist; creating something by supernatural means or processes.
Justice doesn’t exist in Escambia County. The only way for it to come into being is by bringing it into creation by supernatural means; supernatural meaning conditions that are not natural in that environment. Justice is not natural in Escambia County; truth is not natural in Escambia County. They must be conjured into being by people who want to bring the extra-ordinary into being.
Doug Underhill is not of the community. He is a outsider who will fleece the county and leave–just like his idol Sir David. I think Underhill owes Rex Blackburn a PUBLIC APOLOGY for slandering Rex pre-election. If even ONE vote, changed because of Underhill’s LIE, then he should be asked to step down for lying and abuse of power. Perjury is really the word…not lying. He was trusted to not lie in his position as commissioner. That public trust was violated in one sentence. This shows his ethical standard.
YOU ARE A PUBLIC OFFICIAL, MR. UNDERHILL. PULL YOUR BIG BOY PANTIES UP, OWN YOUR LIE AND STOP BEING LIKE MORGAN!
I bring you yet another communication, ON BEHALF OF CITIZENS OF PENSACOLA, to ask WHAT IS WRONG WITH WEAR 3?
Your mission statement:
Our goal is simple: We alert, protect and empower
our audience on all platforms.
We produce compelling, engaging, informative newscasts.
Our stations hold public officials accountable,
asking the tough questions that our viewers would ask.
Our newscasts have stories that make a difference.
The key to our success is content choices.
As expected, there is still no mention of the State Attorney’s Investigation of the Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan and his misuse of funds. This “insignificant” investigation questions how the HONORABLE Sheriff Morgan wrongly allocated funds to non-profits for quid pro quo donations from their members to his campaign fund. This should have been overseen by 5 county commissioners and the budget director of the county. We are talking about $1M misappropriation, which I believe is a felony in any other profession. During the last several weeks, there are 6 elected officials and one higher ranking county official that are being investigated The investigation is still on-going (which gives the accusation much more credence) even as the good Sheriff doles out more money and brags about it on Facebook pompously throwing it in everyone’s face.
This story which potentially affects the entirety of your broadcasting area, but WEAR is mum.
Yet a falsely reported violation of the Florida Sunshine Law (which would have been a misdemeanor punishable with a fine) of one county commissioner was covered by Channel 3 at the behest of another county commissioner. Commissioner Doug Underhill ran to the State Attorney’s Office and reported Commissioner Grover Robinson for talking about about county business outside the county commission meeting.
Fact: Grover Robinson was investigated for less than a day of a misdemeanor & Channel 3 ran the story.
Fact: The Sheriff of Escambia County and all 5 County Commissioners along with other county personnel are the target of a lengthy investigation for felony misappropriation of county funds and conspiracy & Channel 3 has yet to cover the story.
If the entire county government infrastructure facing possible impeachment, removal and/or indictment is not newsworthy, then there is no story that needs to be aired.
The trust of community rests on the accuracy of news reporting. Mr. Lowe’s integrity is incontestably deficient if not, non-existent. I reiterate,the validity of this broadcasting station as a news entity is continually enfeebled by political partisanship. In fact, the impulsive jump to run the story regarding Mr. Robinson could be seen as possibly malicious defamation. It was prematurely reported, particularly given the quick dismissal by the State Attorney’s office. Had Mr. Lowe put the same “consideration” in airing Mr. Robinson’s investigation as he has in not airing the story on the Sheriff, it would not have been news at all.
How do these two news items align with your mission statement?
– Does it hold politicians accountable, asking the tough questions your audience would ask?
-Does it alert, protect or empower the community?
A response would be greatly appreciated in this matter because I am holding you accountable on behalf of the Pensacola community.
In an unsurprisingly ostentatious manner, Doug Underhill, once again, starts slinging mud in retaliation to a civil suit filed April 10, 2015 against him for libel and slander. Mr. Underhill’s actions in this case, subverting the proper channels for the campaign violation that has been alleged against Gene Valentino’s campaigner, is paramount to being the little kid that tattles when his feelings get hurt. Only in Mr. Underhill’s case, his political subterfuge with the State Attorney’s office is the vehicle to exact his public retribution.
For a single misdemeanor offense, the public ridicule Mr. Marcille and Mr. Underhill doled out to an autistic campaign worker with 9 kids, is political bullying at its basest level. Normally, not only would this sort of thing NOT be in the news, it would not be tolerated by officials with a moral compass. Doug Underhill is like that bad ass, spoiled kid in the supermarket who isn’t getting his way, laying out in the floor for attention.
Pat yourself on the back now, Dougie; your stupid is showing.
My Fellow Floridians, the time has come for all men to be vigilant & alert to charlatans. David Craig, Community Policing Coordinator/Communications Director/Major of the Escambia County Sheriff’s office is going to be starting his “crisis managing” by trying to fix yet another election. By his own words to Rick Outzen, he called Sheriff Morgan’s first victory spread with a HIGH degree of accuracy before anybody in the county voted. An amazing feat such as this and of course, his high quality work on Doug Underhill’s campaign, set a pattern of activity that is sure to be re-surfacing here soon. Being a self-proclaimed “crisis manager” (which encompasses providing false information to the media under any one of his fictitious titles at the Sheriff’s department or just a renegade crook), should make Escambia County voters weary of any info coming from this puppet of Sheriff Morgan’s. What is the old saying? He only lies when he talks.
It seems if you are an ethically challenged former certified officer who was neutered by FDLE for bad behavior, or a freaky sexual predator, you can get a job at the Sheriff’s office. Also if you are willing to brown nose enough about how pretty Sheriff Morgan is, he will create a job for you with hella-good pay (better than deputies) or he will create a job for your “girlfriend” like he did for Rick Outzen. As long as you are ok with being Morgan’s bitch, you too can have a cushy job like David Craig or Sena Maddison.