For Florida residents’ crunch time is just around the corner. August 24th is our primary where the contenders separate themselves from the pretenders. In some of the contest it’s easy to see the separation but in some the competitors are similar in positions and finances. For Orange County Mayor this does not apply. There is a huge contrast between bloated government and the private sector approach to problems. So from the Libertarian perspective here are my recommendations.
Matt Falconer is a private developer commercial real estate owner. He has seen his business crash down from soaring heights at the top of the housing bubble to the point now where he is “collecting rent.” He’s not just the average run of the mill developer he has actually studied and written two fantastic books about government arrogance. This is what economist refer to as “rent seeking behavior” or extracting the maximum tax revenues possible from the peasants and then creating government bureaucracies that fit the revenue extraction with no regard for the level of services needed or pay scale needed to match the private sector. A sick parasitic relationship between the peasants and the politically powerful.
Positives: Mr. Falconer dislikes the hugely extravagant waste of government and has been on the receiving end of government abuse throughout his career. He would make Orange County government responsive to the people and not special interest unions. I would say Mr. Falconer dislikes wasteful government as much or more, well maybe not more, than I do. That is saying a lot. The end result would be the press and unions would hate him and taxpayers would love him. He’s the kind of a…… we need in charge of government.
Negatives: Mr. Falconer, if he is elected, would be very wise to surround himself with a couple of nonpolitical statistician, economist, accountant types that could check and recheck his math which is known to run astray at times. This same team should recheck Mr. Falconer’s public statements which also tend to get him in trouble. In other words he is the kind of guy who needs handlers to filter out rash statements and incomplete evaluations BEFORE he talks to the press or public. He needs to transition from a developer to a politician. If he is elected Orange County mayor the public will expect a more polished presentation from Mr. Falconer devoid of the petty politics exhibited by bush leaguers like Obama who will soon find himself the most hated president of the 21st century. Matt needs a class in how to kiss ass.
Overall this guy is a genius when it comes to local issues. He is by profession very micro management orientated and pays attention to the minutest detail. With a few good handlers and fact checkers on his team he could make a huge positive impact on Orange County government.
Alan Grayson and Bill Segal
Bill Segal has been an Orange county commissioner six years. This is both good from an experience level and bad in that he has been overseeing a 59% increase in the Orange County budget from 2006 to present. He is reportedly a “Republican type” but there are web sites out there as well as photos of him with prominent Democrats including Alan “Die Quickly” Grayson.
Positives: Mr. Segal is the nerd who everyone loves to be around. He is the fun guy at the party. He’s a clown and does all the politically correct functions. He is a polished politician.
Negatives: As far as I can tell he has no real agenda other than to make money. Mike Thomas the local village idiot progressive reporter has called out Segal several times on questionable business dealings and associations.
Overall this guy seems devoid of any ethics or political leanings. He is there to make money and he doesn’t give a hoot one way or the other if he uses the democrats or republicans to make money. He’s a old fashion country commissioner using his inside knowledge of planed future development to make money the old fashioned way with real estate. His goal is to get the taxpayers to pay his associates inflated prices for his holdings. As for the taxpayers I seriously don’t think he gives a damn one way or the other.
Teresa Jacobs is truly a scary proposition for the voters. The local Pravda rag Orlando Sentinel has endorsed her and that means taxpayers should not walk but run from this progressive. She scares the hell out of me because she is a cold hearted highly intelligent progressive that cares not one iota for the taxpayers’ property or funds. She would most likely balloon the Orange County budget to astronomical levels to satisfy her union friends and move the progressive agenda forward.
Positives: She is easily the most intelligent of the candidates. Her speaking skills are clear and coherent. She is a polished public speaker and will do the hard work to research and present data to the public favorable to her position. She would do the work required of her and not delegate to subordinates any major evaluations that need to be performed.
Negatives: She is easily the most intelligent of the candidates. She is clearly a very competent and dangerous progressive much in the mold of Jacob Schiff and others who have promoted the progressive agenda. Orange County voters should be scared strait of this very competent progressive who has the capabilities to take Orange County into a far left direction over the next four years. With enough support Orange County, Florida could resemble Orange County, California. Huge union expenditures, deficit riddle budgets, progressive schools and government, no Republican government workers, illegal immigration and an end to an opposition political party in Orange County. Teresa Jacobs is a very dangerous politician.
Linda Stewart’s biggest problem is Teresa Jacobs. Mrs. Steward is an Anglo-Saxon clone of Teresa Jacobs. Same position, same nanny state, same mommy dearest mentality of we need to “take care” of the constituents. When both candidates are the same who gets the votes? The more organized and articulate candidate.
Positives: She’s not bright enough to lie in public. We know if she is elected she will be truthful.
Negatives: Jacobs outshines her by a good 15 IQ points. Sorry but that is the reality of it.
Overall I think Mrs. Stewart realizes she cant outshine Jacobs on the left, Falconer has the Tea Party vote on the right and Segal will capture the “moderate” vote in the middle. And where does that leave her? Most likely come August 24th in 4th place.
I think this race comes down to how well Mr. Falconer has communicated his message to the Tea Party. Mr. Segal has the Republican establishment as well as moderate vote locked in. Despite his shortcomings he is well liked in the community. The real race here is to see if Falconer can hold off Jacobs and the progressives on the left who support her. If no candidate gets 50% there will be a run off.
While the other three traditional candidates, Jacobs, Segal and Stewart are politicians and can keep a lid on their public statements Mr. Falconer is not. He should have had two or three handlers around him at all times during this campaign fact checking his statements and muzzling him when needed. If the Tea Party voters and rational taxpayers show up at the polls and he is elected he will need to get his group of handlers ASAP and become a politician whether he likes it or not. He needs to learn how to talk in a non offensive way to progressives and democrats. Despite his lack of polish he has the one quality that all taxpaying voters should cherish, a genuine hatred of government elitism, fraud and abuse of the taxpayers. If this rough diamond can get his team together and become a polished gem the Orange County taxpayers will be the beneficiaries.